Bobcats of the week of March 5, 2007

Ricky Weisskopf '08
By defeating Yale University's Moshe Sarfaty in the first round of the Men's Potter (A) Division by a score of 9-1, 9-1, 9-0, Bates juniorRicky Weisskopf(San Salvador, El Salvador) advanced to the round of 16 for the second straight year at the College Squash Association Individual Nationals, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.All of the players in that round were guaranteed CSA All-America status, making Weisskopf a three-time All-American in his three years at Bates. Weisskopf remains Bates' only male All-America squash player.

In the second round of the tournament, Weisskopf lost to Harvard University's Ilan Oren, the fifth seed in the draw, by a score of 9-4, 9-6, 9-0. The loss was only the fourth of the season for Weisskopf, who finished the year with a 26-4 record against the top players from each institution the Bobcats faced.

Women's DMR '07
The Bates women's track team's distance medley relay quartet -- first-yearKatie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) in the leadoff 1,200-meter leg, sophomoreIzzy Alexander(Harvard, Mass.) in the 400, senior Jen Caban(Bedford, Mass.) in the 800 and senior Kathryn Moore(Pelham, N.H.) in the anchor 1,600-meter leg -- shattered the school record earlier this season, but last weekend they were looking for assurance that they were fast enough to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships.The Bobcats responded by winning the DMR at the ECAC Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at Wesleyan by seven seconds, shaving 0.72 seconds off of their own school record with a time of 12:05.21. The 10 points they earned helped Bates place 23rd out of 55 scoring teams at the meet. More importantly, their time made them the ninth-best team in Division III thus far this season, earning them their bid to NCAAs this weekend in Terre Haute, Ind.