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Men's swimming and diving tops Wesleyan in opener

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Bates men's swimming and diving team opened the 2012-13 season with a 117-76 victory in a dual NESCAC match at Wesleyan on Saturday, while the Bates women debuted impressively in a close 91.5-84.5 setback.

Bates competes in another NESCAC meet tomorrow at Trinity, beginning at 11am.

Senior captain Nick Karlson (Wayland, Mass.) notched the men's first win of the season in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 50.11 seconds, just .17 ahead of Wesleyan senior Jeff Arace.

Sophomore Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) followed up his outstanding rookie season with a win in the 200-yard butterfly (1:58.99), and a 1.05-second victory in the 200 individual medley, at 2:03.72 edging Wesleyan senior Brendan Fortin.

First-year Ben Sommer (Evanston, Ill.) made a statement with a 2:05.87 win in the 200 back.

Sophomore Nathaniel Ainley (Los Angeles, Calif.) edged Karlson by .07 seconds in the 50 free, 22.60 to 22.67, as the two combined for a big 13 points.

Senior captain Travis Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.) scored 261.00 points in 1-meter diving, while first-year Porter Harrast (Decatur, Ga.) scored 184.47. Jones then scored 284.17 at 3 meters, with Harrast scoring 157.57.

On the women's side, senior Tara Dugan (Wilton, Conn.) notched Bates' first win of the afternoon in the 500-yard freestyle, at 5:24.20, just .04 seconds ahead of Bates sophomore Sarah Bouchard (Annapolis, Md.). Sophomore Kristen Barry (West Hartford, Conn.) and Katie Nelson (Denver, N.C.) had the third and fourth-fastest times in the event, at 5:31.06 and 5:31.63.

Junior Gabrielle Sergi (Darien, Conn.) scored nine points for the Bobcats by winning the 100 free in 54.18, followed by junior Emilie Geissinger (Darien, Conn.) in second at 55.27. Sergi went on to win the 50 free as well, in 25.21.

First-years Lindsay Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine) and Higano Saya (Wayland, Mass.) were second and third, respectively, in the 200 IM, at 2:15.95 and 2:16.72.

The Bates women capped off the day with a win in the 800-yard freestyle relay, winning by a 5.47-second margin on the legs of Bouchard, first-year Caroline Depew (Hudson, Ohio), Dugan and Geissinger.