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Geissinger '14 named NESCAC Swimmer of the Week

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates sophomore Emilie Geissinger was named NESCAC Swimming & Diving Women's Performer of the Week on Monday, as announced by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Geissinger (Bismarck, N.D.) had an outstanding weekend as Bates hosted a pair of home meets at Tarbell Pool, with the University of New England and Norwich University visiting on Saturday and Middlebury competing on Sunday.

Geissinger had a particularly noteworthy day on Sunday against Middlebury, including a win in the 100-yard freestyle, with a time of 55.55 seconds. She finished second by .14 seconds in the 200 free at 1:58.27 and was the runner-up in the 50 free by .21 seconds, in a time of 25.38. "She is well on her way to a breakthrough season," Bates head coach Peter Casares commented afterward.

In Bates' dominating wins over UNE and Norwich on Saturday, Geissinger won the 50 free in 25.54 seconds, and also helped win the 200 free relay, along with seniors Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.), Catherine Sparks (New Canaan, Conn.) and Emily Tato (Chatham, N.J.).

Geissinger is the first Bobcat to receive the award since Katelyn Drake '10 did on Feb. 9, 2009.

View the NESCAC Swimming & Diving weekly release for Jan. 9, 2012