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Swimmers see big drops in times at Maine Invitational

LEWISTON, Maine -- A multitude of student-athletes from the Bates swimming and diving teams saw months of training pay off Saturday at a home meet dubbed the Maine Event.

A final tuneup before the NESCAC Championships (Feb. 17-19 at Wesleyan for the women, Feb. 24-26 at Williams for the men), the meet was a "fantastic start to the championship phase of the season for us," said head coach Peter Casares. "Both the men and women swam great -- and the ladies we rested for this meet were simply out of this world. I could not have been happier to see an entire season's worth of hard work pay off for so many."

Five Bates women swam lifetime bests in every event they competed in on the day: sophomore Mollie Corcoran (Waterbury, Conn.), sophomore Laura Stoff (Bethesda, Md.), sophomore Rachel Pedersen (Far Hills, N.J.), and first-years Katy Donovan (Auburn, N.H.) and Hannah Chory (Weston, Mass.). Senior Amy Johnston (Vassalboro, Maine), sophomore Alexandra Klein (Upper Saddle, N.J.) and first-year Ilana Meyer (Rochester, Minn.) saw significant drops in their best times, and junior Katy Zingale (Sudbury, Mass.) "showed veteran toughness and leadership," said Casares. "The ladies swam like they were on a mission; it was a great preview of what will come at NESCACs."