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Swim teams sweep visiting Trinity, Wesleyan in season opener

The Bates men's and women's swimming teams both swept Trinity College and Wesleyan University in head-to-head scoring in the first meet of the season Nov. 18, 2017 at Tarbell Pool. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College hosted Trinity College and Wesleyan University for the opening swimming and diving meet of the 2017-18 season, and the host Bobcats rode some impressive early-season performances to a sweep of their NESCAC rivals.

Senior captain Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.) won three individual races plus a relay for the Bates men's team, while senior captain Hope Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) had two individual wins and an impressive runner-up finish to lead the Bates women.

"I could see all that hard work from last summer really pay off with races that were well within their control," said Bates head coach Peter Casares. "They looked both sharp and fast."

In head-to-head scoring, the Bates women outscored Wesleyan 171-119 and the Trinity women 208.5-84.5. Wesleyan outscored Trinity 185-110.

"I was very impressed with the spirit the team showed, and the fast finishes in close races," said Casares. "The team did a great job of winning the touch-outs tonight, and that can be a huge step in the right direction. They've worked hard these first two and half weeks, and if it continues it is going to be a tremendous season."

Women's Highlights:

  • Sophomore Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.) set the Tarbell Pool record in the 50-yard freestyle for the Bobcats, touching the wall in 24.12 seconds, 1.77 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Trinity. The previous facility record of 24.26 was set by Bates' Charlotte Green in 2009.
  • Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.69), the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.71). She also placed second in the 200 free (1:58.35).
  • Sophomore Monica Sears (San Anselmo, Calif.) won both the 200 and 500 freestyle in 1:58.19 and 5:21.20, respectively.
  • Junior Lucy Faust (Piedmont, Calif.) won the 1,000 free (11:13.34) and placed third in the 500 free (5:27.05).
  • Sophomore Hannah Johnson (Brewster, Mass.) won the 200 backstroke (2:09.94) and placed a strong second place in the 100 backstroke (1:00.04).
  • Senior captain Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas) won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.37
  • Junior Emma Lammers (Upper Arlington, Ohio) won the 200 butterfly in 2:15.20, with sophomore Amy Duren (Chatham, N.J.) second in 2:15.98.
  • First-year Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.) won the 100 butterfly (59.98).
  • Bates women won the 200 medley relay with Ho, McGill, Apathy and Sears finishing in 1:49.27.

Men's Highlights:

  • Ewing won the 100-yard backstroke in 53.07 seconds, the 200 back in 1:55.70 and the 200 IM in 1:59.63.
  • Junior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.) won the 100 breast (59.31) and the 200 breast (2:15.17)
  • Senior Teddy Pender (Muscat, Oman) won the 100 fly (52.82).
  • Sophomore Alexander Ignatov (Trumbull, Conn.) won the 1,000 free (10:07.03).
  • Senior Jonathan Depew (Hudson, Ohio) won the 100 free in 48.18.
  • Depew, Bedard, sophomore Tanner Fuller (Wellington, Fla.) and Pender won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:27.74.
  • Ewing, Bedard, Pender and Depew won the 200 medley relay in 1:35.65.
  • Casares also doled out praise for sophomore Jem Bullock (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and junior Rory Collins (Brookfield, Conn.), who "were instrumental in our men's team depth playing a role in our wins today."

Bates will next compete at the Maine State Meet, taking place Dec. 1-2 at Bowdoin.