SHENANDOAH, Texas -- Junior Teddy Pender claimed the first individual All-America honor for a Bates male since 1991, one of five top-16 performances by the Bobcat men's and women's swim teams on an eventful second day of the NCAA Division III Championships.
"Without a doubt, this excellent second day truly shows off the team's hard work this year," said head coach Peter Casares.
Pender (Muscat, Oman) swam his morning trial in 49.19 seconds, 0.04 off of the team record held by Matt Gagne, to claim the 15th spot in Thursday evening's finals. There he placed 16th in 49.25 seconds, to become the first Bates male individual All-American since Dave Collins went top 16 in the 200 breaststroke in 1991.
Bates' women's 200-yard freestyle relay team swam 1:34.46 in the morning trials and 1:34.43 in the evening session to claim 12th place, earning honorable mention All-America honors for junior Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas), first-year Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.), junior Anabel Carter (Camden, Maine) and senior Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.). The All-America honor was the 19th in Daher's career, the seventh for McGill, the first for Ho and the second for Carter.
First-year Monica Sears (San Anselmo, Calif.) earned her first career All-America honor by taking 12th place in the 200-yard freestyle with her finals time of 1:50.71, shattering Daher's team record of 1:52.57, set at the 2014 NESCAC Championships. Sears swam her trial race in 1:50.86. "Monica showed us again just how talented she is," said Casares.
The Bates men's team also picked up All-America honors for its four-athlete contingent in the 400-yard medley relay, where the Bobcats placed 13th in the finals with a time of 3:19.86, following a trials time of 3:19.84. Junior Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.) led off in the backstroke leg, followed by senior Dan Walpole (Montclair, N.J.) in the breaststroke, Pender in the butterfly and junior Jonathan Depew (Hudson, Ohio) in the freestyle. It was the fifth career All-America honor for Pender, the fourth for Ewing and the second in as many days for Walpole and Depew.
Ho picked up her second All-America honor of the night when she placed 12th in the 100-yard butterfly finals. Her trial time of 55.72 seconds earned her the 13th spot in finals, and she moved up a place to 12th with a time of 55.92.
The Bates women's 400 medley relay team was the ninth-fastest in the field and broke two team records in the morning trials, but in the event's consolation final in the evening session, Bates and Johns Hopkins both suffered a disqualification, costing the Bates squad points and honorable mention All-America honors.
The Bates quartet of Daher, sophomore Kristy Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine), Ho and McGill swam their morning trial in 3:46.75, snapping the former team record of 3:47.73 set at the 2016 NCAA Championships by Whitney Paine '16, Melissa Paione '16, Lindsey Prelgovisk '16 and Daher. Daher's opening leg of the trial race was finished in 55.73 seconds, which breaks her own Bates record in the 100-yard backstroke of 56.37 seconds by 0.64 seconds. Daher set the former mark at the 2016 NESCAC Championships.
"I'm really proud of the team tonight," said Casares. "It's great to have three individual All-Americans and two All-American relays [in one day]. It's never easy to DQ a relay at nationals, but as I told the women, I would always rather be trying than playing it safe. There's only one way to be amazing."
The Bates men placed 22nd in the 200 free relay trials, with a time of 1:23.93.
Halfway through the four-day NCAA Championships, the Bates women's team is in 14th place out of 44 scoring teams with 34 points; the Bates men's team is 20th out of 42 scoring teams with 19 points.