Swim teams sweep Colby, set five pool records in final home meet

Logan McGill and her fellow seniors on the Bates men's and women's swim teams were honored prior, then swept Colby in their final home meet at Tarbell Pool on Jan. 20, 2018. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's and women's swim teams set five new pool records, including both the men's and women's 200-yard medley relay, as the Bobcats outscored visiting Colby in a dual meet Saturday.

Bates sophomore Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.), senior captain Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas), junior Emma Lammers (Upper Arlington, Ohio) and senior captain Hope Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) opened the meet by swimming the 200 medley relay in 1:50.28, breaking the former Tarbell facility record of 1:50.46 and eight seconds ahead of runner-up Colby. The former Tarbell Pool record in the event was set by Bates' Whitney Paine, Sara Daher, Emilie Geissinger and Gabrielle Sergi in 2014.

Next up, the Bates men's 200 medley relay team of senior captain Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.), junior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.), senior Teddy Pender (Muscat, Oman) and senior captain Jonathan Depew (Hudson, Ohio) swam a winning time of 1:34.37. The former Tarbell record of 1:34.68 was set in 2015 by Ben Sommer, Andrew Briggs, Matthew Gagne and Andrew Seaton.

McGill went on to set the Tarbell 50-yard breaststroke record in a winning time of 30.36 seconds, 0.88 better than the former mark set by Bates' Catherine Sparks in 2012. Ho did the same in the 50 backstroke (27.50), going 0.29 seconds under the former facility record set by Bates' Whitney Paine in 2015. And Pender broke the Tarbell record in the 50 butterfly with his time of 23.14, bettering the nine-year-old former mark of 23.31 set by Connecticut College.

The Bates men outscored Colby 157-123 and the Bates women defeated the Mules 166-123.

Additional Bates women's highlights:

  • Sophomore Monica Sears (San Anselmo, Calif.) won the 200 freestyle in 1:57.64 and the 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.29. She was also second in the 100 back (1:01.34)
  • Logan won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.27 and the 100 breast in 1:08.46.
  • Ho took first place in the 100 back (1:00.72)
  • Junior Lucy Faust (Piedmont, Calif.) won the 500 free in 5:22.23.
  • Sophomore Emmy Daigle (Portland, Ore.) was a close second in the 100 breast (1:08.78).
  • First-year Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.) won the 50 butterfly (26.26).
  • McGill, Ho, Logan and Apathy won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.75).

Additional Bates men's highlights:

  • Sophomore Tanner Fuller (Wellington, Fla.) won the 50 free in 22.14 seconds and the 100 free in 42.27.
  • Bedard won the 200 free (1:46.76), with Depew 0.07 seconds behind him. He also won the 100 breast (57.84).
  • Ewing won the 100 butterfly in 52.66 and the 100 back in 53.05.
  • Pender won the 50 breast in 26.90.
  • Ewing, Depew, senior Daniel Fothergill (Medford, Mass.) and Pender won the 200 free relay in 1:28.77.
  • Junior Rory Collins (Brookfield, Conn.) was second in the 100-yard freestyle (48.86) and third in the 200 free (1:47.18). "Rory has been one of our most consistent contributors this year in every event from the 50 to the 500," said head coach Peter Casares. "This entire season he's been way ahead of where he's been in the past and we are very excited to see him race at NESCACs."

Bates seniors Logan, McGill, Depew, Ewing, Fothergill, Christopher Lee (Natick, Mass.), Kai Lindsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Pender were honored prior to the meet, their final one at Tarbell Pool.

The Bates swim teams return to action Saturday, Feb. 3 at the WPI Invitational.