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Swimming and diving teams sweep Trinity, weekend












LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College swimming and diving teams completed an undefeated weekend of NESCAC dual meets on Sunday against Trinity College at Tarbell Pool, with the Bates men overpowering the Bantams 168-63 and the Bates women winning by a 152-90 score.

"I am pleased to see such a balanced attack right now on both teams," said head coach Peter Casares. "From seniors right down to freshmen, everyone is contributing."

The Trinity women jumped out to an early lead, buoyed by their win in the 400 medley relay, but the Bobcats bounced back, led by two event wins apiece by senior captain Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) and sophomore Gabrielle Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.).

Leasure took first place in the 200 free (2:02.73) and the 200 breaststroke (2:33.44). Sergi won the 50 free (25.78) and the 100 free (55.23).

Also winning for the Bates women:

  • First-year Sarah Bouchard (Annapolis, Md.) won the 1,000 free in 11:10.57.
  • First-year Hannah Kogan (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) won the 200 fly in 2:17.87.
  • Sophomore Emily Depew (Hudson, Ohio) won the 200 back in 2:18.64.
  • Senior Emily Tato (Chatham, N.J.) won the 500 free in 5:24.96.
  • Bates finished with a winning 3:48.64 time in the 400 free relay, recorded by sophomore Emilie Geissinger (Bismarck, N.D.), Sergi, first-year Allie Skaperdas (New Canaan, Conn.) and Tato.

"I was very happy to see our women's team rise to the challenge today," said Casares. "Trinity came here ready to go and were swimming great right from the start. Our women found themselves fighting to stay in the meet, and then came out on a mission after the first diving break. They opened up a bit of a lead and continued to swim and dive well the rest of the way."

The Bates men won 12 out of 13 events, including senior Travis Jones' (Ithaca, N.Y.) nine points in both diving events (229.58 points at 1 meter, 242.55 at 3 meters) and fellow senior captain Tom Boniface's (Youngstown, Ohio) wins in the 200 IM in 2:02.18 and 100 free, at 48.99.

Also winning events for the Bates men:

  • First-year Andrew Briggs (York, Maine) won the 1,000 free in 10:42.03.
  • First-year Nathaniel Ainley (Los Angeles, Calif.) took first place in the 50 free, at 22.42.
  • First-year Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) won the 200 fly in 2:02.80.
  • Senior Nathaniel Depew (Hudson, Ohio) won the 200 back in 2:03.49.
  • Senior Kick Sullivan (Westfield, Mass.) won the 500 free in 5:15.86.
  • Senior Alex McKeown (South Windsor, Conn.) won the 200 breast in 2:21.09.
  • Nathaniel Depew, senior Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.), Gagne and Boniface took first place in the 400 medley relay (3:43.85). The Bates men capped off the meet with a winning 3:24.87 time in the 400 free relay, on legs by Ainley, first-year Mike Hanley (Tolland, Conn.), senior Matt Lipoff (Glencoe, Ill.) and first-year Alex Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.).

"Our men had a very strong two days and put many smart races under their belts," said Casares. "I could tell they were working hard and pushing it in every race.  I was happy to see them start 2-0 and reap the rewards of an effort like that. We aren't fast yet, but we are definitely heading in the right direction."

Bates' next meet is at Division I Maine on Dec. 10 at 1pm.