BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bates College swimming and diving split its dual meet with Bowdoin College as the women's team won 168-130 and the men's side lost 193.5-100.5 on Friday night at Greason Pool.
"This is one of the best rivalry meets I have ever experienced," head coach Peter Casares said. "Both teams bring out the best in each other each year. We couldn't have asked for a better opportunity to improve."
First-year Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) led the women with victories in three events – the 200 yard butterfly in 2:10.13, the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:08.70, and the 200 yard IM in 2:10.01 – including a school-record breaking performance in the 200 IM.
Classmate Julia Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.) added to the Bobcats haul as she took wins in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:57.10 and the 500 free in 5:10.57. Sophomore Lindsey Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine) won the 100 fly behind a time of 59.33 – her best of the season.
Smachlo also finished second in the 1000 yard free in between event winner junior Sarah Bouchard (Annapolis, Md.) who clocked in at 10:53.56 and third-place finisher junior Katie Nelson (Denver, N.C.) who came in at 11:10.95. The Bobcats also took first through third in the 500 free with junior Kristen Barry (West Hartford, Conn.) and Bouchard following Smachlo with times of 5:20.08 and 5:20.73 respectively.
"Our women displayed a level of consistency that is impressive, which is so important as you prepare for a great three-day conference meet," Casares said. "Staying even keeled and performing well under pressure is a definite key to success."
On the men's side junior Andrew Briggs (York, Maine) took home another victory in a breaststroke event, winning the 100 breast on the strength of a time of 59.57, narrowly edging first-year Edward Thunem (New Canaan, Conn.) who posted a 59.87. Junior captain Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) grabbed a win in the 100 fly with a 51.79-second performance.
In the day's diving events first-year Emma Jarczyk (Sudbury, Mass.) finished second in 1-meter diving with a score of 238.80 while both the men's and women's 400 yard freestyle relay teams posted victories.
"Bowdoin was impressive. You can tell they not only have talent but one of the best coaches in the country," Casares said. "We saw one great swim after another come our way and learned a great deal about how much work we still have ahead of us."
Next, Bates hosts Colby tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Tarbell Pool.
"I can't wait to see how our team responds tomorrow against Colby in what always turns out to be a fight to the end," Casares said.