Bobcats of the week of Jan. 10, 2011

Tom Boniface '12
Bates junior Tom Boniface(Youngstown, Ohio) stood out among many other Bobcat swimmers in a pair of strong performances put on by the team in back-to-back dual meets in Vermont last weekend.On Saturday at Norwich University, Boniface's anchor leg in the 800-yard freestyle relay put the exclamation point on the Bobcats' claiming Norwich's pool record in the event, in a time of 7:26.18. Also in on the relay were first-yearsSammy Schadt (Coopersburg, Pa.) and Won Ho Chang (Seoul, Korea), and sophomore Nick Karlson (Wayland, Mass.). In the same meet, the versatile Boniface touched the wall first in two other events: the 100 butterfly (55.56) and 100 backstroke (58.09).

On Sunday at NESCAC rival Middlebury, Boniface won the 200 free in 1:47.94, his best in-season time of his career, and he also finished a narrow second place in the 100 free in 49.63 seconds.

Boniface and his teammates on the men's and women's swimming and diving teams play host to Bowdoin on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Annie Burns '12
Bates junior guard Annie Burns(Topsfield, Mass.) led the Bobcat women's basketball team to a 3-0 week, which included a 93-87 overtime win over nationally ranked Colby.Burns averaged 6.0 points, 8.3 assists, 4.3 steals and 2.7 rebounds per gameon the week. The junior point guard and team captain logged a team-high 107 minutes on the week but committed only five turnovers. She hit the game-winning free throws in Bates' big comeback victory over the University of New England on Monday and added 10 assists in the game.

Burns leads the NESCAC by a wide margin this season in assists per game (7.54) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.06) and is second in the conference in steals (3.54).

On Monday Burns was cited as Co-Player of the Week by the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association, sharing the award with Courtney Cochran of Southern Maine. It is the second time in Burns' career being named Maine Co-Player of the Week. She achieved the same honor on Dec. 8, 2009.