Bates College achieved the third-best finish in school history in the final Learfield Directors' Cup Division III standings for 2017–18, announced Thursday by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Skiing in her lesser discipline, the giant slalom, Bates sophomore Griffin Mueller finished a respectable 30th out of 34 competitors on Wednesday, to begin the 2018 NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships.
Sophomores Kaelyn Woods and Griffin Mueller are headed to the NCAA Skiing Championships! Plus, we preview the Bates softball season and as always, we recap the rest of the "week that was" in Bates athletics.
Bates will be represented at the 2018 NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships by two sophomore women who will both be making their NCAA debuts: alpine skier Griffin Mueller and Nordic skier Kaelyn Woods.
Senior captains Sierra Ryder and Hannah Johnson took 17th and 20th place, respectively, in the women's giant slalom in potentially their final collegiate competition Saturday at the NCAA East Regionals and Middlebury Carnival.
Bates sophomore twin siblings Griffin and Tagert Mueller led the Bates alpine ski team in the slalom for the second straight carnival on Friday at the NCAA East Regional Championships and Middlebury Carnival, with Griffin placing 12th in the women's slalom and Tagert placing 22nd in the men's.
Sophomore Griffin Mueller recorded the third fastest first run of the day and the Bates women's alpine skiing team placed three in the top 20 overall on its way to a fourth place finish in the slalom Saturday at the Williams Carnival.
Marching as a team of one — between Kyrgyzstan and Chinese Taipei — Bates Olympian Dinos Lefkaritis ’19 of Larnaca, Cyprus, drew an extended shout-out from NBC announcers Mike Tirico and Katie Couric during opening ceremonies last Friday night, Feb. 9.
Around the same time Bobcat teammate Dinos Lefkaritis carried the Cyprus flag in the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Bates women's alpine ski team placed its top three skiers inside the top 26 on Friday in the giant slalom portion of the Dartmouth Carnival at Dartmouth Skiway.
'I'm proud to be a Bobcat of course, and I'm always wearing the Bates jersey underneath my suit when I'm racing. It's always there,' says the sole member of Cyprus's Winter Olympic team in Pyeongchang.
We are excited to announce that Bates alpine skier Dinos Lefkaritis '19 of Larnaca, Cyprus will represent his home country in the 2018 Winter Olympics! He becomes the 12th Olympian in Bates College history. All that and more on the latest Bates Bobcast.
First-year student-athlete Hannah West led the Bates women's alpine ski team to sixth place out of 13 teams in the giant slalom Friday at the Saint Michael's Carnival, placing 16th out of 75 collegiate skiers.
Senior captain Sierra Ryder posted a career-best 13th place finish, first-year Hannah West led the way with a ninth place showing and the Bates women's alpine skiing team finished fifth in the in the giant slalom Sunday morning at the Colby Carnival.
Bates' alpine ski rosters are well stocked for the 2018 carnival season, led by junior Michael Cooper on the men's team and seniors Brielle Antonelli, Hannah Johnson and Sierra Ryder on the women's squad.
With the first snowfall of the winter hitting Maine, we check in with the alpine and Nordic skiing teams! Plus, we talk with some sharp shooters and tenacious defenders from the men's and women's basketball teams.