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Swimming and diving teams compete well at Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates men's and women's swimming and diving teams both came up with numerous event wins in a dual meet at Bowdoin on Friday night, with each squad falling short of the Polar Bears in team scoring. The Bates women lost by a 171.5-128.5 score, the men by a 198.5-101.5 margin.

"We had a lot of fast swims last tonight, but Bowdoin simply swam amazing," said Bates head coach Peter Casares. " They looked fantastic and at their best."

Bates plays host to Colby in a dual meet at Tarbell Pool on Saturday at 1pm (Video).

First-year Gabrielle Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.) touched the wall first in the 50 free in 25.09 seconds and the 100 free in 55.09 seconds, edging sophomore teammate Emilie Geissinger (Bismarck, N.D.) for in both races. Geissinger also placed second in the 200 free, at 1:58.84.

Other standouts for the Bates women's team included:

  • First-year Sarah Bouchard (Annapolis, Md.) won the 1,000 free in 10:52.92, then claimed second place in the 500 free, in 5:20.71.
  • Senior captain Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) won the 200 breaststroke in 2:29.43; she was also second in the 100 breast (1:09.30)
  • Sophomore Emilie Depew (Hudson, Ohio) finished second in the 100 backstroke (1:02.35) and the 200 back (2:14.96).
  • First-year Megan Lapp (Wellesley, Mass.) won a closely contested 1-meter diving competition with 178.42 points; senior teammate Jessica Howard (Cumberland, Maine) claimed top marks at 3 meters, with 216.60 points.

Standout performers on the Bates men's team included:

  • Junior captain Travis Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.) topped four Bowdoin competitors in the 1-meter diving, with 249.68 points, and repeated the feat at 3 meters, with 270.60 points, to edge Bowdoin's Tom Kramer by 1.88.
  • Senior captain Tom Boniface (Youngstown, Ohio) won the 200 free in 1:46.03.
  • Senior Alex McKeown (South Windsor, Conn.) took first place in the 100 breast, in 1:02.53, and second in the 200 breast, at 2:20.26.
  • Senior Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.) had a strong meet, swimming the 100 free in 48.60 for second place and the 50 free in 22.17 for third place.
  • First-year Andrew Seaton (Wayne, Pa.) third in the 200 breast (2:20.26), and third in the 100 breast at 1:03.78.

"It was great to see so many in-season bests from our swimmers, especially on a Friday night after two weeks of juggling tough training and school," said Casares. "I'm very proud of the team, the way they fought, and the attitude they displayed as they battled through the evening. The season is shaping up very nicely with our best swimming surely to come."