Bates Bobcast Episode 135: Women's swimming heads to NCAAs, lacrosse keeps winning

On this episode of the Bobcast, we chat with the lone senior among the program record-tying nine Bates women's swimmers traveling to the NCAA Championships this week. Plus, the nationally ranked lacrosse teams continue to pick up key victories and women's tennis is ready to make an impact in the NESCAC after a solid trip to Virginia. All that and more, on the Bates Bobcast!

Interviews this episode:

  • 1:07 -- Peter Lasagna, Head coach, Men's lacrosse.
  • 3:06 -- Rob Strain '20, Men's lacrosse (Male Bobcat of the Week).
  • 9:17 -- Liv Sandford '20, Women's lacrosse (Female Bobcat of the Week).
  • 15:39 -- Isabelle Rovinski '20, Women's tennis.
  • 21:28 -- Lucy Faust '19, Women's swimming captain.

Bobcast Transcript

Aaron: This is the Bates Bobcast. Our weekly podcast where we take a look at the week that was, in Bates athletics. My name is Aaron Morse and this week we preview the NCAA Championships for the women’s swimming team with senior captain Lucy Faust. Plus, our Bobcats of the Week come from the lacrosse teams and women’s tennis turned in some strong performances at the Blue-Grey Invitational. All that and more, coming up, on the Bates Bobcast!

Aaron: The Bates men’s lacrosse team is ranked 11th in the country after a 2-0 week that saw the Bobcats improve their record to 5-1 on the season. On Tuesday, Bates rolled to a 20-8 win over Western New England. Junior captain Matt Chlastawa scored five goals and dished out four assists in the win and the Bates defense clamped down on the Golden Bears. After the game, we caught up with head coach Peter Lasagna.

Aaron: Well coach, no overtime needed this year against Western New England, what was impressive about the team's performance today in your opinion?

Peter: I just thought again for the second time in two games defense played really, really, really well. Both goalies I thought were great. I have no idea what the, what the save count was but it was really neat to see both of them play really well. And then we got our running game going and we shot the ball really well tonight.

Aaron: And you got to use some guys who don't normally get a lot of playing time there at the end. That's good right?

Peter: Yeah it's great I mean, you know, these guys are all equal members, equal parts of this. Everybody works just as hard everyday at practice and so when you get an opportunity to reward guys with playing time it, it feels good.

Aaron: And then you got Trinity on the road this weekend right? They're always a tough team even though they may not show it in the standings perhaps.

Peter: We do. They've got a new coach who's in his second year so he's got his first class of his guys. Um, and they're tough and really well coached and it will be a, a NESCAC barn burner.

Aaron Morse: And I know Matt Chlastawa, very familiar with Western New England, he's from there, and he had another nice game didn't he?

Peter: Yeah, he played great. I don't know, again I don't know what his point totals were but I just thought he ran the show really well. WNE may have had number sixteen as another Westfield High School graduate so I believe that was Westfield against Westfield and that means a lot to Matt.

Aaron: Alright Coach thanks so much.

Peter: Thank you Aaron.

Aaron: On Saturday, just like Lasagna predicted, the Bobcats and Bantams played a barn burner, with Bates prevailing 20-19. Junior captain Curtis Knapton scored the game-winning goal with 1:58 remaining to give the Bobcats their fifth straight win. But it was junior goalkeeper Rob Strain who stood on his head to give Bates the spark the Bobcats needed in the second half. He saved 13 of 23 shots to pick up his second win of the season. The Bobcats won the game despite being outshot 58-39. Strain’s performance in the cage against the Bantams came on the heels of his terrific effort against Western New England where Strain stopped 70 percent of the shots on goal. And Rob Strain is our Male Bobcat of the Week!

Aaron: Talking on the phone with Male Bobcat of the Week, Rob Strain, here on the Bobcast and Rob let's talk about this Trinity game. I mean my goodness Trinity was just shooting shot after shot after shot. What's that like for you coming in there the second half as usual and facing this relentless Trinity offense and you know how, how were you approaching things in the cage on Saturday there.

Rob: Well you know it was just like any other game. It's a NESCAC, it's gonna be a shootout no matter who we play but uh, in this game in particular both sides were getting a lot of shots. Luckily I'm the last line of defense and uh, everyone in front of me was playing pretty well. We had the defense playing pretty well. We had the offense playing great keeping Trinity back a little bit and that allowed me to just take it one shot at a time after a great half by Mitchell Drake.

Aaron: And then at the end of course Bates got the victory. Curtis Knapton on the game-winning game with 1:58 left. Uh, what'd you see from your point of view on his, on his game winning tally there.

Rob: Um, you know we cleared the ball, we got it out to our offense and Otis Klingbeil got the ball, made a good cut and saw Curtis wide open and Curtis does what he does best and put it stick side hip low and away where the goalie couldn't get it and it was a sigh of relief on our side of the field and exciting for the whole team.

Aaron: Certainly a sigh of relief but you know you still got a 1:58 to try and stop Trinity's offense. They did win the ensuing faceoff. You made another save. Do you recall the, the final save you made and then also, you know, Rocco's big play there at the end to cause the turnover and to clinch it?

Rob: Ah, yeah I do actually. I remember number two, star player, having a great game, having the ball behind the cage. He drove with his left hand up the left alley. He hit one of his guys on a cut and I was staring down the barrel of a gun and found a way to step to the ball and get the ball out of the cage. It his me in the chest and rolled out where we could get the, the next ground ball and get up and out.

Aaron Morse: Excellent and how about Rocco there at the end doing what he does best, right?

Rob: Yeah, I mean another ground ball from Rocco and another great defensive stop. It was awesome to see him get the play done and kinda seal off the game.

Aaron: Now obviously the Bobcats off to a great start this season. Do you even think about how this team compares to the one, you know, two years ago and that great year or, I mean, there's some players who are, were on that team including yourself. How, how do those two teams compare in your mind, at least so far maybe?

Rob: Yeah, I think it's hard not to, uh, kind of compare the two. I think that both teams had similar starts. I think that both are very different though. I think that this year we're, we're having a much deeper team. I think our 2017 team had a lot more senior dominance and I think this year we're a lot more spread out and we have a deeper roster which has just been really helping with these long fought battles and close one goal games.

Aaron: Excellent, and a little bit about your background maybe. You're a junior now but when you were looking for colleges, I know your older brother went here, but what made Bates a great fit for you after you were checking out the different options perhaps?

Rob: Yeah, so, my older brother went here obviously and that was a big factor.

Aaron: Yeah.

Rob: Being able to visit and see the culture both in just academics and the people here on and off the lacrosse team. That was an easy, um, thing to look at and want to be a part of but definitely the coaching staff here has been great for a number of years and Coach Lasagna and I talked because of my brother but that made it the easiest to want to come here and after a lot of decisions it was the one that mattered most to me.

Aaron: Excellent and how did you first become a goalkeeper? What made you first interested in playing that position growing up?

Rob: It was kind of a last-second decision. It was like fifth grade, everyone kind of goes through the cycle. Nobody wants to play goalie and so we kept trying out different players and one day it was my turn to try it out because then I kind of had a knack for it. I wasn't too afraid of the ball at the time and I was kind of just brought up with a twin that was playing attack and an older brother who was playing attack and so shooting was something I wanted to do but also playing goalie was something that they really liked. So it was kind of this thing that evolved from shooting with them to being shot on by them and that, that just became something that they liked so much and I got more and more comfortable and as time progressed no one was there to take the spot so I actually won it by default up until college where that was my first competition with someone else on the lacrosse team that would compete for that goalie spot with me.

Aaron: Interesting, and obviously the competitions been going well this year with both of you getting, you know, pretty much equal playing time and whatnot and then you're on the bus right now, for folks who don't know Bates is playing at Keene State today so by the time people listen to the podcast this game might be wrapped up but, that being said, what are some focuses you guys have here this afternoon?

Rob: Coming off of Trinity we definitely want to clean up some things. We want to definitely win the ground ball battle. We want to minimize turnovers and play a full, uh, a full game which we haven't probably done. So hopefully we can put a whole game together and have a good midweek game and keep going.

Aaron Morse: Outstanding. Rob Stain our Male Bobcat of the week. Thanks so much for joining us for the Bobcast. Appreciate it.

Rob: Thanks Aaron.

Aaron: The Bates women’s lacrosse team is still ranked 21st in the country after a week that saw the Bobcats lose a close 12-8 contest to undefeated Trinity on Saturday before defeating Saint Joseph’s with ease by a final score of 19-4 on Monday. Junior Liv Sandford gave the Bantams fits by securing seven draw controls, recording two ground balls and causing a turnover. She followed that up with five draw controls against Saint Joseph’s. Sandford leads the NESCAC in draw controls and is tied for the lead in ground balls...and Liv Sandford is our Female Bobcat of the Week!

Aaron: Liv you have an interesting role on the team. You're one of the people in charge of trying to get, get those draw controls. You're not at the center of the circle but you try to catch them out of the sky or on the ground. How do you go about approaching that?

Liv: I think this year we focused a lot on communication between the two centers and then the two girls on the circle. And we've switched up a lot who's been taking the draws for us so just like knowing each other's skills and like what the, like guessing what the center is gonna do has been like really important for us this year. And then just like being as scrappy and gritty as we can be has been big.

Aaron: Yeah cuz I mean it is about that grit and that, that scrappiness right cuz it, the ball is rolling and it can take funny hops.

Liv: Yeah, they're kind of unpredictable especially like different teams their aggression on the circle is so different and so trying to match that each game is challenging but it's also the fun of it.

Aaron: So coming in here you were a midfielder, this year you're you know more defense oriented. How's that transition gone for you?

Liv: Yeah freshman year I played and sophomore year I was a midfielder and then this year Brett chose to put me on defense which has been a lot different but I feel like it's been good because I've been able to like focus a lot of my energy on defense and really like hone in and like dial in on just like causing turnovers, ground balls, draw controls which has been really good.

Aaron: You've been all over the ground balls this year. Tell us about what's the key to, you know, getting those for the team and what you're looking for.

Liv: Yeah I think really it's about just like getting low and like running through the ground balls and like not worrying about where the check is gonna come from or like who's gonna hit you it's just running through and scooping through and we focus a lot on that in practice.

Aaron: Well big win just last night over at St. Joes. What was really clicking for the team you saw?

Liv: Um, I think our defense is really like locked in, um, in like the past few games we've focused a lot on our communication and then just like giving our offense opportunities like to really like put the ball in the net. And focusing on giving them the chance to like do their job.

Aaron: Certainly, well you're a Mainer growing up in Kennebunk, when did you first get into lacrosse?

Liv: I started playing lacrosse in sixth grade, yeah. Which is kind of late honestly like there's so many youth programs but yeah sixth grade.

Aaron: What prompted the beginning of it I guess?

Liv: My dad played lacrosse so he kind of got me into it.

Aaron: What made you like the sport? What made you interested in it once you started playing it to keep playing I guess?

Liv: I liked how fast it was and then, um, I played midfield so I liked that I could like do defense and then also play offense and just that like quick transition to both. Different now because I'm on defense but it got me into it which is nice.

Aaron: Certainly and then when did you start thinking, oh I could probably play this in college?

Liv: I think in high school I was kind of influenced by a lot of my friends wanted to play in college and so they kind of were the ones like getting me into it and so I was like, "Oh if they can do it like maybe I can too."

Aaron: And what made Bates the place for you? You know obviously being from Maine you were probably familiar with it already.

Liv: Yeah, Brett Allen he was actually my club coach and so like all throughout high school we were kind of like talking about Bates and then finally like at the end of my junior year, early senior year I ended up coming for a visit and I loved it.

Aaron: So Brett's been coaching you for years.

Liv: Yeah.

Aaron: Have you seen his coaching style change at all of has he been pretty consistent?

Liv: He's pretty consistent. The way he coaches club is so different than college like club it's more like positive like you can do it. Like you can get recruited and then it's much more serious once you get to college which is, it's a different side of him but I like it.

Aaron: So his personality takes on a little bit different traits perhaps?

Liv: Yeah, definitely. Much more like winning-oriented in college.

Aaron: Certainly and then was that interesting transitioning your first year like who's this guy?

Liv: Yeah. It was a lot different like seeing a new side of him but like he's still, he's the same guy so it's not like that different in the end.

Aaron: Sure, and then um you got Williams coming up this weekend right?

Liv: Yeah.

Aaron: Obviously, you know, Trinity it was, it was a close game, it was, you know, they're one of the top teams in the country. You, you know you can beat anyone after beating Middlebury. What's the mindset of the team right now after, you know, couple tough NESCAC games but knowing you have the talent to beat anyone in the conference.

Liv: Yeah. I think like after our Wesleyan game and then after Trinity we've like seen what our potential can be and we've really clicked on certain areas of the field and I think for Williams this weekend we're trying to just like bring all the pieces together and like bring the energy too and so we can really like get a good win.

Aaron: And I know the team has a couple transfer from Division I programs, Kathryn Grennon and Caitie Clark, how's that gone?

Liv: It's really good. They have like gelled really well with our team, I think. They've brought a new energy. Katie has like a voice and she's brought that to defense which is really good. So I think definitely we have a new vibe on the team this year but I think it's really good.

Aaron: Yeah, defense must be a lot about communication right?

Liv: Yeah, there's a, it's like so important to communicate on defense and I think we have like a lot of older players on defense this year which is good because we've played together so much and we know our playing, like our tendencies, what each other's gonna do and I think that's helped us a lot.

Aaron: Just like the men's team, the women's team is using a couple goalkeepers this year. Does that change anything for you defensively depending on who's back there in goal or is it pretty similar?

Liv: Yeah it's obviously different because Eliza and Rachael have different playing styles which really changes like how the defense is like reading what they're gonna do. But I think where they're playing right now is really good with how they're different. With Eliza in the second half she's just such a clutch player and then putting Rachael in in the first it just makes her like so confident. She comes up with those big saves that we need at the beginning to like hold our confidence throughout the game.

Aaron: Terrific well any other thoughts on the season. How it's gone so far. What you're most looking forward to here, you know, into March and through April and hopefully May?

Liv: Yeah, I'm excited to just see where we go. I think we have a lot of potential and we've gotten some experience so far this year and I think just putting all that together, gelling, clicking and moving forward and the hopefully a big win this weekend against Williams.

Aaron: Alright, Liv Sandford, Female Bobcat of the Week. Thanks so much.

Liv: Thank you.

Aaron: The women’s tennis team traveled to Virginia for the Blue-Grey Invitational over the weekend, going 1-2 on the trip. The Bobcats’ win was an impressive one, a 6-3 win over No. 32 nationally ranked Gustavus Adolphus. Juniors Isabelle Rovinski and Lauren Hernandez teamed up to win 8-5 at No. 2 doubles and both players won their singles matches as well. Rovinski had a terrific weekend, winning her singles match on Sunday as well.

Aaron: Talking some women's tennis here on the Bobcast with Isabelle Ravinski and Isabelle lets start with the fact that you didn't play in the fall because you were abroad, you didn't play last spring because you were hurt and so you've, you've started off strong here this spring. What's been the key to getting back in rhythm on the court?

Isabelle: Um, I think it's really important to just stay in good shape and I try to work out a lot when I was abroad and I tried to kind of keep in good shape last year when I had some ankle problems but a huge part of it has been the support I've gotten from my team and my captain and my coaches and it's been really great.

Aaron: Excellent. Tell us about your study abroad experiences this past fall.

Isabelle: I was at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and I actually got to play on their club tennis team which was a great experience and I got to play different international schools there and it was all really fun.

Aaron: Interesting so competing for their club tennis team what was the level of competition like maybe compared to what you see here at Bates?

Isabelle: I would actually say it was rather similar. The girls were really strong and it was really fun and different and we got to play a lot of doubles as well as singles so it was all really good.

Aaron: You're a junior now but tell us when you were looking for colleges. You're from New York how did you decide Bates was the place for you?

Isabelle: I knew I wanted to go to a small school and be part of the tennis team and when I did my official visit here at Bates I really clicked with the girls and the team and I really loved it and the school just has a great atmosphere to it.

Aaron: Were you looking to like come up, you know, to the northeast NESCAC type program or what was your approach there when it comes to searching colleges?

Isabelle: I did look at a lot of NESCACs and I know that all of them offer great academics as well as athletics so I kind of stuck with that.

Aaron: And so, but the people here it sounds like that was a tie breaker for you.

Isabelle: It was definitely the people. They're all amazing here.

Aaron: Excellent. And how has maybe head coach Paul Gastonguay helped you develop your game over the past few seasons?

Isabelle: He's been super helpful. We're working on my serve right now and that's been amazing. He always has something new and insightful to tell me during matches and makes sure I stay like high energy during it all. So it's been really great.

Aaron: This past weekend you've been playing doubles with Bella Stone. You got a chance to also play with Lauren Hernandez. When you have a different doubles players like that what adjustments are made out there for you personally perhaps?

Isabelle: This weekend was really interesting. We actually all switched around for our doubles and it was really fun. We all kind of dealt with the adversity great. Everyone had great chemistry already on the court even though I think all the teams had never really played together. And me and Lauren did a great job at coming out there strong. We won our first match together and that was really awesome. And we had a really fun time on the court and I think it's really important to stay positive through it all.

Aaron: And I often ask, you know, tennis players you often go from a doubles match to a singles match something you've been doing this season. What changes for you?

Isabelle: I think it's different, the fact that I have to be out there alone for singles but the support I get from the team, you can always hear everyone cheering from end to end and off court and on court. And it's hard to be out there alone but it's also like so great to know like I'm out there next to my best friends on the court.

Aaron: And I know the team, they beat a team this past weekend who I think is what like top 35 in the country. One that's like, you know, one of the premiere programs. What was that experience like to get that win against a really quality opponent like that?

Isabelle: It was amazing. I feel like in the past this weekend has kind of been the beginning for us but instead this weekend this year we have been building off of what we have done so far and everyone doing such a great job and it was such a great feeling knowing that like we are just as good as all these other teams and we can be really good this year.

Aaron: Yeah this past weekend you go down to, you know, Virginia and Maryland and that area and now you're gonna get into NESCAC play, right, coming up. How's that help you prepare for that because I know, obviously, NESCAC has a lot of strong programs also.

Isabelle: It definitely helped us prepare. I'm really excited to get into NESCAC play I think it's going to be such a great season for us and we have such great potential with new freshman on the team and so many of us being healthy this year. It's gonna be really fun.

Aaron: Tell us about the first-years and how they're, how they've been contributing already right?

Isabelle: Yeah, everyone's been so great. We have Hayley, Anna and Syd and they're all doing so amazing. Anna and Syd were playing doubles together this weekend and they just have so much fun together on the court and it's so obvious and you can just feel the energy throughout all the courts.

Aaron: And your team captain is Bella Stone, she's a senior. She's battled through some injuries like yourself right?

Isabelle: She has and she's done like such a great job coming back from them and you can barely tell she's hurt on the court now. She's just playing so amazing and she's just such a great influence to have on the team.

Aaron: And outside of tennis what are you kind of studying here at Bates? What, what are you pursuing on the academic side?

Isabelle: I am an Economics major and a Math minor. I'm actually on the hunt for an internship right now which has been a fun experience. But I just kind of try to keep it broad and just study as much while I'm here and just have fun with it.

Aaron: Terrific and then any other thoughts on the season so far? What you're most looking forward to here in the upcoming months?

Isabelle: I'm just looking forward to having fun with the team and just like having a really great season because we have just such great potential this year.

Aaron Morse: Isabelle Rovinski thank you so much.

Isabelle: Thank you.

Aaron: The NCAA Championships are finally here for the Bates women’s swimming team! The Bobcats are in Greensboro, North Carolina this week for the four-day meet, which begins Wednesday. The Bates women have placed in the top-17 nationally for five straight years and the Bobcats finished 12th out of 51 teams last season. This season, Bates is sending a program-record tying nine women to NCAAs. Sophomore Caroline Apathy, sophomore Erin Bucki, junior Emmy Daigle, senior captain Lucy Faust, junior Janika Ho, first-year Isabel Mohammadi-Hall, first-year Maya Reynoso Williams, first-year Suzy Ryckman and first-year Caroline Sweeney are all making the trip. Faust, a recent recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, joined the Bobcast to talk about the team’s season and to preview NCAAs.

Lucy: It's been a great season. Overall we have an incredible group of freshmen and if you kind of look at the makeup of who's going our underclassmen have been really strong this season and it's great to have them on board but also have the experience of the upperclassmen as well.

Aaron: You've been to NCAAs twice before, what have you learned from your experiences going there?

Lucy: That it's a great opportunity to, you know, get Bates on the map and it's kind of a celebratory time, you know, of course we're swimming a lot but it's kind of also like look where we are and look how much we can still do while we're here.

Aaron: There's a lot of time between NESCACs and NCAAs. What's the training like between, during this period?

Lucy: Yeah, so, since there is four weeks you have to get up again so we increase our yardage and we work pretty hard for two weeks and now we're kind of at a point where we're starting to rest a bit more.

Aaron: So as a, as a senior you know you're a distance swimmer for the team. When did you first, growing up, realize distance swimming was your thing?

Lucy: Um, I've kind of always done it but I didn't really specialize it until high school. But I, I guess I've always scored more points for my team doing distance so that's kind of why I stuck with it.

Aaron: I know you do some open water swims also. Tell us about that.

Lucy: I've been doing it in the summer kind of as like an individuals thing. And actually my pool swimming got better when I kind of left it aside. I love to do it and will probably do it maybe later in my life but right now focusing on the pool.

Aaron: Pool swimming versus open water, what changes about your approach kind of in terms of you know how you go about doing it because obviously very different conditions.

Lucy: I think pool swimming is harder but also easier because you have your teammates around you. But harder in that you're working at a higher level in the pool I think than in open water.

Aaron: Interesting. And then as a captain, what are some things you notice about the team this year that gets you excited about their future after you graduate and everything?

Lucy: Yeah, I mean, like I said before we have a very strong base of underclassmen and I'm really looking forward to kind of seeing what the future of Bates swimming and dive holds. I think it's gonna be great.

Aaron: One of those underclassmen, Caroline Apathy, sophomore top seed in the butterfly there going into the NCAAs. How impressive has she been this year?

Lucy: She's been great and not only has she been really solid individually, but she's also really been there in the relay. She's in all four as well as a few others and so I'm really proud of how she's done this year. I know she's worked really hard and I'm looking forward to seeing what she does at NCAAs.

Aaron: Talking to a lot of swimmers they like the relays more than the individuals event. Are you similar with that?

Lucy: Definitely. That's why I like pool swimming more than open water. There is something about being on a relay and doing it for your team rather than doing it for yourself. That has definitely been my highlight of swimming at Bates.

Aaron: Being a distance swimmer, how do approach the individual event, they call it the mile. 1650 yards, how do you approach that kind of an event and how have you grown in your swimming in that event throughout your time at Bates?

Lucy: Yeah, you, you have more time to kind of get in a rhythm, kind of, to me, I get in this flow state a little bit. Where you just kind of do every 50 again and again to get in a rhythm where on relays especially, sprint relays you just have to go all out and then get out of the pool, so different.

Aaron: Are there some first timers at nationals there year? There must be right?

Lucy: Yes there are six first timers out of the nine women that are going which is incredible if you think about it. And only four of them are first-years so two upperclassmen where it's their first time too. So that's really exciting.

Aaron: Have you talked to them about what to expect?

Lucy: Well I don't know exactly what to expect in terms of it's a new pool, it's a new venue so I think that also helps and so we've never been here before. But it's a great four day meet and it's really nice to have two days to go into it where it's not NESCACs where you get on a bus and are expected to race that night. You know, we get on a plane on Monday but the racing doesn't actually start until Wednesday. So it's really nice to adjust both the time difference, I think that's why they maybe could've done it for schools from California for instance.

Aaron: Okay, right.

Lucy: Um, but it's really nice to just adjust to where we are and get ready to race on Wednesday.

Aaron: Well speaking of California, you're from California right? So how did you first decide to come to Bates for college?

Lucy: Um, I really wanted to be in the NESCAC. I love the NESCAC, I think it's a great league. I've loved being in the NESCAC for four years. And long story short I think Bates chose me. It was the last school I applied to and I've loved the fact that I've been at Bates for four years.

Aaron: What's been the maybe one of the most valuable experiences at Bates outside the pool perhaps?

Lucy: I think the quality of the classes and the professors we have here have been more than I ever expected and I really loved my time in the classroom. I've loved the close friendships I have outside of the team and I love that commons is this social hub that you can always go to and kind of always have your friends there.

Aaron: So what are your thoughts about what you're going to be doing after you graduate?

Lucy: Next year I will be taking a Fulbright scholarship in Indonesia. So I'll be teaching English there.

Aaron: You found out about that pretty recently right?

Lucy: Yes I just found out about it so I'm really excited.

Aaron: What was your reaction? What was that process like, you know, to get that Fulbright?

Lucy: You know Bates is great with that. Robert Strong works really hard and there have been a lot of people that apply and a lot of people that are awarded the Fulbright. It's an amazing thing Bates does. We've been a top Fulbright producer for a few years now. So Robert was really influential in helping me through that process and it's been great.

Aaron: Any other thoughts on the NCAAs coming up here in next week?

Lucy: We're really excited to race, really excited to race fast and scratch em up.

Aaron: There you go. Lucy thanks so much for joining us on the Bobcast appreciate it.

Lucy: Thank you so much.

Aaron: Next time on the Bates Bobcast, we’ll recap the NCAA Championships for women’s swimming and tell you how the lacrosse teams fare against Williams on Saturday. The men are on the road while the women host the Ephs at noon. All that and more, next time, on the Bates Bobcast!