Bobcats of the week of March 2, 2009

Chris Berry '09
Bates senior Chris Berry(Augusta, Maine) finished his exceptional collegiate swimming career with the best weekend of his life last weekend at the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Berry broke or had a hand in breaking an astounding total of seven Bates event records at the meet, while the Bobcats set 13 new event records as a team.Berry swam the leadoff leg in four relays for Bates that broke school records: the 200 free (1:25.46), the 400 medley (3:29.68), the 200 medley (1:35.64) and the 400 free (3:08.15). Berry also reset two program records he already owned, in the 50 back (24.11 seconds) adn the 100 back (52.29), and also claimed his first Bates freestyle record on the final day of the meet, swimming the 100 free in 47.52 seconds.

In his final event, the 200 backstroke, Berry passed the torch, in a sense, to first-year teammate Nathaniel Depew (Hudson, Ohio). While Berry broke his own former program record of 1:57.10 in the event, finishing in 1:56.30, Depew raced even faster, finishing 11th overall with a time of 1:54.82. It was a poignant way for the team captain to finish out an outstanding career.

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10
Bates junior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncancontinued to prove that she is one of the top throwers in New England at any division level, as well as one of the top throwers in all of Division III last weekend at the Open New England Indoor Championships at Boston University.At BU, Duncan (Topsham, Maine) placed sixth out of 23 competitors in the shot put with a season-best mark of 43-07.75. She also notched a top weight throw of 52-10.25, again placing sixth out of 23 competitors.

Her excellent performances followed an an equally impressive meet the week before at the New England Division III Indoor Championships, where for the second straight year Duncan took first place in both the weight (54-06.50) and the hammer (42-11.75). In so doing the one-time All-American and one-time Academic All-District athlete scored 20 of Bates' 40 points, propelling the Bobcats to sixth place at the regional meet for the second straight year.