In 200 medley relay, Bates women place 10th, men 12th on first day of NCAAs

With teammates looking on, Riley Ewing launches into the backstroke portion of the men's 200-yard medley relay trials on the first day of the NCAA Championships, March 21, 2018. Bates finished 12th in the event. (d3photography.com)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bates College placed 10th in the women's 200-yard medley relay and 12th in the men's 200 medley relay, earning Honorable Mention All-America honors for the eight Bobcats involved on the first day of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships Wednesday at the IUPUI Natatorium.

The Bates women's 200 medley relay team, comprising sophomore Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the backstroke leg, senior Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas) in the breaststroke, first-year Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.) in the butterfly and senior Hope Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) in the freestyle, swam a trial time of 1:44.18, 10th-fastest out of 32 squads and a new program record. The former team record time of 1:44.24 came in the 2016 NESCAC Championships on legs swum by Whitney Paine, Kristy Prelgovisk, Lindsey Prelgovisk and McGill.

In the event consolation finals Wednesday evening, the Bates squad broke the team record a second time with a time of 1:43.86, grabbing 10th place overall, 0.23 seconds behind ninth-place Connecticut College and 0.32 seconds ahead of 11th-place Amherst.

The Bates men's 200 medley relay team, comprising senior Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.) in the backstroke, junior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.) in the breast, senior Teddy Pender (Muscat, Oman) in the butterfly and senior Jonathan Depew (Hudson, Ohio) in the freestyle, swam their trial in 1:31.09, the 11th-fastest time out of 23 teams -- four places better than their 15th seeding. Bates' foursome went under that time by 0.28 seconds in the consolation final, at 1:30.81 -- 0.20 seconds behind 11th-place Calvin and 0.74 ahead of 13th-place Coast Guard.

Also in Day 1 action for Bates, Apathy tied for 43rd place in the 50-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 24.18 seconds.

The day's results make McGill a 10-time All-American, which is the second most All-America honors in program history. Ho earned her fourth All-America honor, Logan grabbed the second of her career, and Apathy claimed her first.

From the men's team, Pender earned his sixth All-America honor, Ewing won his fifth, Depew his third and Bedard his first.

Thursday's action for Bates at the four-day meet will include the 200 freestyle relays, the 400 medley relays, Apathy in the 100 butterfly and sophomore Monica Sears (San Anselmo, Calif.) in the 200 freestyle.