Swimming & diving beats Colby, women win CBB title

Saya Higano '16 won the 100 breast for the Bobcats in 1:10.53.

LEWISTON, Maine – Bates College swimming and diving defeated Colby College in a dual meet as the women's team won 203-90, earning its first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) title since 2011, and the men's side took home a 178-116 victory on Saturday afternoon at Tarbell Pool.

Last night, the women's team beat Bowdoin, 168-130, while the men's side fell, 193-5-100.5.

"Swimming against Bowdoin and Colby on back-to-back days is both physically and emotionally exhausting," head coach Peter Casares said. "However, it is the closest we get to the feel of a three-day conference meet. Our team swam tough both days and showed fight in every close race."

First-year Julia Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.) helped lead the women's team to victory with a win in the 1000 yard freestyle in a season-best 10:37.87 in addition to a win in the 500 free in 5:11.72 while junior Alex Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.) also completed a season-best race in the 1000 free with a time of 10:22.54.

Casares commended the efforts of a number of athletes including senior captain Venkatesh Duvvuri (South Orange, N.J.) who finished first in the 100 yard butterfly in 53.73, senior captain Emilie Geissinger (Darien, Conn.) who won the 50 free in 25.49, sophomore Saya Higano (Wayland, Mass.) who won the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:10.53, first-year Chase Lis (Longmont, Colo.) who won the 200 fly in 2:02.01, and first-year Daniel Walpole (Montclair, N.J.) who took home the 200 breast in 2:17.42.

The Bobcats snagged victories in all four relays on the day as both the men's and women's teams won the 200 yard medley races and the 200 yard freestyle events.

First-year Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) grabbed wins in two events – the 200 free (1:57.00) and the 200 yard backstroke (2:09.85) – among several other women who earned gold. Sophomore Whitney Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.) took the 100 back in 1:00.62, sophomore Melissa Paione (Auburn, Maine) captured the 200 breast in 2:32.48, sophomore Lindsey Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine) finished first in the 200 yard IM in 2:13.45, and senior Gabrielle Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.) won the 100 free in 54.07.

Other victors among the men comprised, junior Andrew Briggs (York, Maine) in the 50 free (22.28), first-year Paden Brunault (Orlando, Fla.) in the 100 back (54.91), junior captain Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) in the 200 IM (2:03.43), and first-year Edward Thunem (New Canaan, Conn.) in the 100 breast (1:00.51).

Bates swept the day's diving events as first-year Emma Jarczyk (Sudbury, Mass.) won the 1-meter and 3-meter disciplines with scores of 239.95 and 262.35 respectively. Classmate Joseph Tocci (Belmont, Mass.) followed suit with wins in the 1-meter (185.05) and 3-meter (186.00) events.

Next, Bates competes at Connecticut College on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.

"We have just less than two weeks to get ready for Conn. College, and we will need all of that time to prepare for that meet. I am excited to see how this team responds to facing one of the best teams in the country," Casares said.