LEWISTON, Maine – Bates College swimming and diving swept Trinity College and Wesleyan University as the men won 165-122 over Trinity and 186.5-92.5 over Wesleyan and the women won 219-77 over Trinity and 218-81 over Wesleyan in Tarbell Pool on Saturday afternoon.
"I could not be more proud of the work the team has done the last three weeks," head coach Peter Casares said. "To come in and put together races this well was very impressive."
In their first dual matches of the season, the Bobcats broke three pool records with first-year Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.), junior Andrew Briggs (York, Maine), and sophomore Whitney Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.) doing the honors.
Daher set a new pool record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:10.87, finishing almost four seconds ahead of Wesleyan's Angela Slevin. She also emerged victorious in the 100-yard backstroke clocking in with a time of 1:00.34.
Briggs came in first in both the 50-yard breaststroke and 100 breast with times of 27.56 and 1:00.87 establishing a pool record in the 50 breast. Paine created a new pool high mark in the 50-yard backstroke behind a 27.90 performance and came in a close second in the 100-yard freestyle (54.98) to senior Gabrielle Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.) who clocked in at 54.43 to take first.
Junior captain Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) – a 2012-13 All-NESCAC selection – won each of his individual events – the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.30), the 50-yard butterfly (24.05), and the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.44). Sophomore Melissa Paoine (Auburn, Maine) captured victories in the 50-yard breaststroke in 32.73 and the 100 breast in 1:10.36 while Julia Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.) won the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.51) and took home second in the 500 free (5:10.24).
In diving events which took place Friday night, first-year Emma Jarczyk (Sudbury, Mass.) scored 239.75 points in three-meter diving to gain first place.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we need to get a lot better to compete against the top teams in the conference," Casares said. "But it is important to have moments that demonstrate that your hard work is paying off and that the work we do at the pool day in and day out is worthwhile. We had one of those moments today."
The Bobcats next compete at the University of Maine at Orono on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.