Bates senior Tom Boniface was named Division III Men's National Swimmer of the Week on Friday by CollegeSwimming.com, the second time a Bates swimmer has claimed the honor in the past two years.
The website singled out Boniface (Youngstown, Ohio) for his singular performances at last weekend’s meet at Division I University of Maine, where he won all three of his individual races in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion. His time of 1:47.6 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle was the fastest Boniface has ever recorded in season. Further, in all three races the Bobcat captain was trailing going into the last leg of the race and came out victorious with very impressive times in those events (49.5 seconds in the 100 freestyle and 2:02 in the 200 individual medley).
"With the work we have been doing in the water, and the fact that exams are looming and the academic load is now the toughest it has been, well, that really speaks volumes to what Tom brought to the table this past weekend," said head coach Peter Casares. "I believe others noticed that."
Charlotte Green '11 earned the same honor as a sophomore in 2009.