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Swimming and diving wins 11 events at Middlebury






E. Depew


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Bates men's and women's swimming and diving teams finished up their Vermont road trip with a dual NESCAC meet at Middlebury on Sunday, posting several outstanding times on the afternoon. In team scoring, the Middlebury men defeated Bates 176-122, while the Middlebury women outscored Bates 186-108.

"It was a very close meet in terms of great races -- unfortunately today Middlebury won too many of the close ones," said Bates head coach Peter Casares. "I am very happy with how fast we are swimming, as our best swimming is always done mid-February."

Junior Gabrielle Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.) posted a pair of wins for the Bobcats. She first defeated Middlebury's Lydia Carpenter by .12 seconds, 24.81 to 24.93, in the 50 freestyle. After 3-meter diving took place, Sergi reentered the pool to win the 100 freestyle in 54.73 seconds, .92 ahead of Middlebury's Courtney Haron.

Other women's team highlights:

  • Sophomore Sarah Bouchard (Annapolis, Md.) and senior Tara Dugan (Wilton, Conn.) finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,650 freestyle, at 18:28.82 and 18:52.59.
  • First-year Whitney Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.) was victorious in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.49, followed by junior runner-up Emily Depew (Hudson, Ohio) in 1:02.35.
  • First-year Melissa Paione (Auburn, Maine) came in second in both the 100 breast (1:10.46) and in the 200 breast, at 2:31.49.
  • The Bobcat women finished off the meet in style, winning the 400 free relay in 3:41.68, ahead of Middlebury in 3:42.27. The winning quartet comprised Sergi, sophomore Hannah Chory (Weston, Mass.), junior Emilie Geissinger (Darien, Conn.) and first-year Caroline Depew (Hudson, Ohio).

For the Bates men, sophomores Andrew Briggs (York, Maine) and Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) both finished first in two separate races, while senior captain Travis Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.) outscored the competition in both diving events.

Briggs won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.28, .03 ahead of Middlebury's Stephan Koenigsberger, for Bates' first event win of the afternoon. Gagne followed next with a victory in the 200 butterfly, with a time of 1:59.69, .25 ahead of junior teammate Venkatesh Duvvuri (South Orange, N.J.).

Briggs defeated Koenigsberger again in the 200 breast, 2:15.24 to 2:15.71.

Gagne and Duvvuri went 1-2 again in the 200 individual medley, 2:01.71 and 2:04.01. Gagne was also second in the 100 fly at 52.32.

Jones outscored the Panthers' Dylan Peters 261.60 to 240.30 at 1 meter, then won at 3 meters by a similar margin, 256.73 to 238.65.

Bates next hosts Bowdoin in a NESCAC dual meet on Jan. 18 at 6pm.