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Men's NESCACs, Day 2: Three more records fall

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Bates men's swimming and diving team set three more team records on the second day of the 2013 NESCAC Championships at Wesleyan.

Bates started off the evening session with a sixth-place showing in the 200 medley relay, meanwhile setting the team record in the event with a time of 1:33.14. Senior Matt Johns (Seaford, N.Y.), sophomore Andrew Briggs (York, Maine), junior Venkatesh Duvvuri (South Orange, N.J.) and senior Nick Karlson (Wayland, Mass.) replace the former record of 1:35.37 set in 2011 by Johns, Dan Aupi, Won Ho Chang and Ned Scott.

Gagne finished sixth in the A Final of the 100-yard butterfly in a national B cut time of 50.02 seconds, .11 short of the team record he set a year ago. Duvvuri finished 11th in 51.11.

Briggs broke a 21-year-old team record formerly held by Jon Dreibelbis for the second straight day, when he swam his preliminary heat in the 100 breaststroke in 58.67 seconds to eclipse Dreibelbis's mark of 1:00.20 set in 1992. Briggs missed the A Final by two spots and finished 13th overall with a B Final time of 59.94 seconds. Sophomore Andrew Seaton (Wayne, Pa.) placed 19th in 1:00.76.

Following a prelim time of 53.44 seconds, Johns swam the C Final of the 100 backstroke in a blazing 51.86, eclipsing by .42 seconds the former team record of 52.28 set by Aupi a year ago.

Sophomore Alex Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.) placed 14th in the 1,000 freestyle, in 10:05.73.

Bates finished off Day 2 of the meet with a ninth-place finish in the 800 free relay, with Gagne, Johns, Duvvuri and Smachlo finishing the race in 7:09.77.

Bowdoin slipped ahead of Bates into sixth place heading into the final day of the NESCAC Championship, just 14 points ahead of the Bobcats, 547.5 to 533.5.

Friday Recap

Matthew Gagne '15 finished third and set Bates' record in the 50 fly at NESCACs on Feb. 22, 2013. File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

Bates started out the 2013 NESCAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday in excellent form, setting three team records, including one all-conference performance.

Gagne swam the third-fastest prelim time in the 50-yard butterfly, at 22.79, then finished third again in the A Final of the event in 22.62 seconds, breaking the team record of 22.71 set by Chang in 2011. Gagne earned his first All-NESCAC (top three) honor with the performance. Duvvuri also made the A Final in the event with his prelim time of 23.14. Duvvuri finished the A Final in 23.20 for seventh place.

Briggs swam the fourth-fastest preliminary time in the 50-yard breaststroke and broke a 21-year-old team record in the process at 26.60 seconds. Briggs finished seventh in the final at 26.95. Bates’ former record of 27.20 seconds was set by Dreibelbis in 1992.

Bates finished the evening session with a sixth-place showing in the 400 medley relay finals in a team-record time of 3:26.92. The quartet of senior Johns, Briggs, Gagne and Karlson went nearly three seconds under the former team record of 3:29.68 set in 2009 by Chris Berry, Alex McKeown, Scott and Aupi.

Other Friday highlights for the Bobcats included:

  • Senior captain Travis Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.) placed eighth in the 1-meter diving finals with 386.30 points, after scoring 390.20 in prelims. First-year Porter Harrast (Decatur, Ga.) came in 10th with 352.45 points in prelims.
  • Karlson swam the ninth-fastest prelim time in the 50 freestyle at 21.34 seconds, moving to the B Final and swimming that in 21.30 for 11th place, just .02 short of breaking Aupi’s team record of 21.28 from 2010.
  • Johns came within .09 seconds of resetting another Bates record held by Aupi, finishing the B Final of the 50-yard backstroke in 24.22 seconds.
  • Bates placed sixth in the 200 free relay finals to begin the evening session, with Karlson, Briggs, Duvvuri and Gagne finishing in 1:25.58.

Bates stood in sixth place at the end of the day with 319 points. The Bobcats placed sixth among 11 teams at last year’s NESCAC Championship.