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Women's swim team earns three All-NESCAC accolades

Amanda Moore '14

Kara Leasure '12

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates College first-year Amanda Moore and junior Kara Leasure each received All-Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Team recognition from the New England Small College Athletic Conference, the NESCAC announced on Tuesday. The top three finishers in each event at the NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships all earned all-conference distinction.

Moore (Shaker Heights, Ohio) earned two All-NESCAC awards. On Friday, she took second place and broke the team record in the 50-yard breaststroke. Moore swam the event in 30.20 seconds in the prelims, shattering the Bates record she had tied on Feb. 5 of 31.27 seconds, shared with Nicole Sparks '05. The following day, Moore broke the Bates team record in the 100 breast in the prelims with a time of 1:07.60, then took third place in the A Final with a time of 1:06.96. The former Bates record in the 100 breast, 1:07.68, was set by Megan Ferrari in 2001. Moore is the team's first All-NESCAC rookie since Kelsey Lamdin '09 in 2006.

Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) earned the first All-NESCAC recognition of her career by placing second in the 200-yard breaststroke on Sunday. Leasure smashed her own team record in the event with a national B cut time of 2:22.25. She had broken the old Bates record in the 200 breast on Jan. 9 with her time of 2:27.88. It was the second national B cut time of the meet for Leasure, following her fifth-place showing of 4:33.50 in the 400 individual medley. Leasure was also part of a third B cut time for Bates in the last event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay.

View the NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving All-Conference Team release (PDF)