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Women's swimming and diving team beats rival Bowdoin







LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's swimming and diving team outswam rival Bowdoin by a 193-107 score, their first dual meet win over their rivals since the 2003-04 season, while the Bowdoin men defeated the host Bobcats 185-113 on Saturday at Tarbell Pool, the Bobcats' final home meet of the season.

Highlighting the Bates men's team's day, first-year Won Ho Chang (Seoul, Korea) won the 200-yard butterfly race in a time of 1:55.69, the fastest ever by a Bates swimmer. Chang sliced a hundredth of a second off of David Fox's record that stood for nearly 18 years. The performance also broke the pool record held by Middlebury since 2006.

Chang also captured first place in the 500 freestyle, with a time of 4:54.61. The rookie standout has already pulled off two individual wins in dual meets this season against Maine and Middlebury.

Sophomore Travis Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.) won the 1-meter diving with 221.10 points, then posted an impressive winning score of 242.60 points at 3 meters.

The women started off the meet with a 2.10-second victory over the Polar Bears in the 200 medley relay, as first-year Emily Depew (Hudson, Ohio), sophomore Catherine Sparks (New Canaan, Conn.), sophomore Katy Zingale (Sudbury, Mass.) and senior Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.) finished in 1:51.41.

Other winning performances by the Bates women included:

  • Green won the 100 free, in 54.13 seconds.
  • Junior Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) took first place in the 1,000 free in 10:56.36, just 0.20 seconds ahead of sophomore teammate Tara Dugan (Wilton, Conn.). Leasure also won the 200 breast in 2:29.41 and the 400 individual medley in 4:45.82.
  • Dugan later was a close runner-up again, to Zingale in the 200 fly, where Zingale touched the wall first in 2:18.20, Dugan in 2:18.55. Dugan claimed first place in the 500 free, at 5:23.95.
  • Zingale also won the 100 fly (1:02.14) in addition to her 200 fly win.
  • First-year Emilie Geissinger (Darien, Conn.) won the 200 free in 1:59.02.
  • Sparks touched the wall first in the 100 breast, at 1:09.17.
  • Sophomore Jessica Howard (Cumberland Foreside, Maine) took first place in 1-meter diving with 201.85 points, while first-year Emily White (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) took second with 177.95. Howard later claimed first at 3 meters as well, with 195.95 points.

The Bobcats wrapped up the meet with a win in the 400 free relay, as Sergi, Green, first-year Carly Hinkle (Arlington, Va.) and Geissinger swam the event in 3:40.50.

Bates next swims at Colby next Saturday, at 1 p.m.