LEWISTON, Maine – Bates College swimming and diving swept Norwich University and the University of New England as the men's team beat Norwich 232-51 and UNE 261-43 while the women's side defeated Norwich 264-6 and UNE 235-29 at Tarbell Pool on Saturday afternoon.
"The team had a great day of swimming against UNE and Norwich in a double dual meet," head coach Peter Casares said. "Wins are always great, but even more importantly was the enthusiasm our athletes brought to each race and their desire to race – even if it wasn't their best event."
Junior Andrew Briggs (York, Maine) set a pool record in the 50-yard breaststroke in 26.92 while also winning the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:02.24. First-year Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) broke the one-minute barrier in the 100-yard butterfly for the first time this season with a 59.86 while just missing the pool record with a 2:10.99 in the 200-yard IM, despite swimming with fatigue due to a difficult training regimen.
First-year Helen Keyes (New Orleans, La.) submitted strong performances with a win in the 100 free (54.88) along with a second-place finish in the 50 back (28.80). First-year Joshua Rines (Hollis, N.H.) registered personal bests in the 50 free (22.79) and 100 free (49.61) while first-year Milan Brankovic (Belgrade, Serbia) swam impressively in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.92.
Junior Sarah Bouchard (Annapolis, Md.) emerged victorious in three events – the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:05.66), the 500 free (5:26.11), and the 50 breast (32.30) while sophomore Lindsey Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine), senior Gabrielle Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.), and first-year Julia Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.) all came in under two minutes in the 200 free with times of 1:58.11, 1:57.92, and 1:57.29 respectively.
In the day's diving events, first-year Emma Jarczyk (Sudbury, Mass.) turned in an NCAA consideration-level performance with 256.75 points in 1-meter diving and won the 3-meter event with 245.55 points. On the men's side, first-year Joseph Tocci (Belmont, Mass.) snagged victories in 1-meter diving with 189.10 points and 3-meter diving (205.75 points).
Other event winners among the men included, first-year Paden Brunault (Orlando, Fla.) in the 100 free (48.26) and the 100 IM (55.83), first-year Max Coffey (Hamden, Conn.) in the 50 free (22.50), first-year Michael Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) in the 200 free (1:50.51), senior Venkatesh Duvvuri (South Orange, N.J.) in the 50 back (25.89), first-year Chase Lis (Longmont, Colo.) in the 100 fly (54.99), junior Will Patton (Asheville, N.C.) in the 50 fly (24.30), junior Alex Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.) in the 1000 free (10:24.82), sophomore Ben Sommer (Evanston, Ill.) in the 100 back (56.67), and first-year Edward Thunem (New Canaan, Conn.) in the 50 breast (27.92).
Additional winners for the women encompassed, sophomore Caroline Depew (Hudson, Ohio) in the 100 back (1:02.91), senior Emily Depew (Hudson, Ohio) in the 200 free (2:02.18), senior Emilie Geissinger (Darien, Conn.) in the 50 fly (28.08), sophomore Whitney Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.) in the 50 back (28.57), first-year Shelby Rader (Duxbury, Mass.) in the 50 free (25.22), and senior Lyndsay Wallace (Minot, Maine) in the 100 breast (1:12.65).
"Wanting to compete and take advantage of every opportunity to race is hard during a long season, but this team has figured that out," Casares said.
The Bobcats compete next weekend at Bowdoin on Friday at 7 p.m. and host Colby on Saturday at 1 p.m.