WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- First-year Caroline Apathy broke the Bates women's swim team record and took second place in the 50-yard butterfly, highlighting the first day of the NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships Friday at Williams College.
Bates finished the first day of the three-day meet with 386 points, four points ahead of Bowdoin for fourth place among 11 teams in the conference. Connecticut College sits in third place (456.5).
Apathy (Devon, Pa.) finished only 0.08 seconds behind Connecticut College sophomore Lily Gribbel in the championship final of the 50 fly with her time of 24.91 seconds. The former team record in the event (25.01) was set by sophomore teammate Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.) at last year's NESCAC championship meet.
In the first championship final of the meet, Bates took third place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.53, just 0.42 seconds off of the team record time and trailing only Williams (1:33.09) and Amherst (1:34.28). The Bobcats edged Connecticut College (1:34.64) for the third and final All-NESCAC award for third place. Senior captain Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas) led off for Bates, followed by Apathy, the senior captain Hope Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) and anchored by Ho.
Other Bates Day 1 highlights:
- McGill also placed fifth in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 29.95 seconds, and she finished seventh in the 50 freestyle championship final, in 24.14 seconds.
- Ho also placed seventh in the championship final of the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.79) and eighth in the 50 butterfly (25.96).
- Logan also placed fifth in the championship final of the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:07.16.
- Sophomore Emmy Daigle (Portland, Ore.) finished eighth in the championship final of the 50 breast with a time of 30.32 seconds.
- Sophomore Hannah Johnson (Brewster, Mass.) placed eighth in the championship final of the 50-yard backstroke, with a time of 27.43 seconds.
- Sophomore Monica Sears (San Anselmo, Calif.) won the consolation final in the 500-yard freestyle, taking ninth place overall with a time of 5:01.85.
The meet resumes Saturday with sessions beginning at 10am and 6pm.