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Swim teams post multiple wins at Middlebury meet







MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Bates swimming and diving teams produced several winning efforts in a dual NESCAC meet at Middlebury College on Sunday. Middlebury prevailed in team scoring, 188-110 for the women and 185-109 for the men.

Junior Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) provided a big highlight in her winning performance in the 200-yard breaststroke, winning in a time of 2:27.88 while setting the Bates team record in the event. The former record time of 2:28.32 was recorded by Jill Kopicki in February 2003. It is the first time that Leasure has claimed a team record in an individual event.

Other winning events for the Bates women included:

  • Sophomore Tara Dugan (Wilton, Conn.) won the 1,650-yard freestyle race in 18:12.44.
  • Sophomore Catherine Sparks (New Canaan, Conn.) won the 100 breast in 1:09.07.
  • Senior Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.) won the 200 free in 1:57.18, 0.22 seconds ahead of Middlebury's Katherine Loftus.
  • First-year Gabrielle Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.) won the 50 free in 25.32 seconds.
  • The Bates women finished off the meet in fine style, winning the 200 free relay in 1:40.81, behind the combined efforts of Sergi, Green, Sparks and first-year Emilie Geissinger (Darien, Conn.).

Winners among the Bates men's team included:

  • First-year Won Ho Chang (Seoul, Korea) won the 200 butterfly in 1:56.52, then took first place in the 500 free as well, in a time of 4:59.94.
  • Sophomore Travis Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.) won the 3-meter diving competition with 197.33 points, followed by a victory at 1 meter with 196.13 points.
  • Junior Tom Boniface (Youngstown, Ohio) won the 200 free in 1:47.94, and also finished a narrow second in the 100 free in 49.63 seconds.
  • Junior Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.) won the 100 back in 54.38 seconds, edging the Panthers' Harry Anixter by 0.16 seconds.

Bates' next meet takes place on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m., a home matchup against NESCAC rival Bowdoin.