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Four Bobcats named to All-NESCAC swim team

C. Depew




HADLEY, Mass. -- Junior Gabrielle Sergi heads the list of four women who officially were recognized as All-NESCAC performers on Tuesday, following the past weekend's NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. NESCAC All-Conference honors go to the top three finishers in each event at the NESCAC Championships.

Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.) placed third in the 50-yard freestyle on Friday, where she set the team record in the preliminary heats, going .03 seconds under Charlotte Green’s former mark of 24.11 at 24.08. Sergi made the A Final in the event, where she finished third overall in 24.04, lowering her own mark by another .04 seconds.

That same night, Bates placed third in the A Final of the 200 freestyle relay, becoming the Bobcats' first All-NESCAC relay team since 1994. First-year Caroline Depew (Hudson, Ohio), who swam the anchor leg in a speedy 51.3 seconds, junior Emilie Geissinger (Darien, Conn.), first-year Whitney Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.) and Sergi combined in the effort. Bates timed in at 1:36.57 in the race, breaking the former team record set in 2011 by Sergi, Geissinger, Kara Leasure and Green.

It is the first All-NESCAC honor for all four women.

Bates is ranked 31st in CollegeSwimming.com's Division III poll, released today. The rankings are based on the times posted at the various conference championships around the country.

2013 NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving All-Conference Team