Swim teams rewrite record books in home 'Maine Event'

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates swimming and diving teams set two team records and seven Tarbell Pool records as they hosted the University of Maine, Bowdoin and the University of New England in a non-scoring "Maine Event" on Saturday, a final tuneup before the upcoming NESCAC Championships.

First-year Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) had a very big day, breaking (or having a hand in breaking) three team records and three Tarbell Pool records. Daher broke the Bates team and the Tarbell Pool records in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:06.38. The former team record of 1:06.96 was set by Amanda Moore in 2011. The former pool record of 1:07.90 was set in 2000.

Other women's team highlights included:

  • Daher also led off Bates' 800-yard freestyle relay team that notched the NCAA B cut time, rewriting the team record and also breaking the Tarbell Pool record (formerly 8:04.17) with a sparkling 7:38.00. Following Daher in the race were first-year Julia Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.), senior Gabrielle Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.) and sophomore Caroline Depew (Hudson, Ohio). The former team record of 7:45.43 was set in 2012 by Emilie Geissinger '14, Kristen Barry '14, Kara Leasure and Sergi. The former pool record of 8:04.17 was set by Bates' Jill Kopicki, Kate Gatti, Vanessa Williamson and Nicole Sparks in 2003.
  • Also in the 800 freestyle relay: Daher swam the leadoff leg in 1:52.57, breaking the team 200-yard freestyle relay by 1.14 seconds. The former mark of 1:53.71 was established by Charlotte Green in 2011.
  • Sophomore Melissa Paione (Auburn, Maine) broke the pool record of 2:27.95 in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in 2:27.67.
  • Senior Emily Depew (Hudson, Ohio) broke the pool record in the 200 backstroke, slicing 0.08 seconds off of it at 2:09.47. The former mark of 2:09.55 was set by Katelyn Drake in 2009.

Among the men's team highlights:

  • The former pool record of 7:24.13 in the men's 800 free relay went down at the hands of Maine (7:07.41), but Bates (7:10.94) was well under it as well, on legs swum by first-year Mike Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.), junior Alex Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.), junior Matthew Hillsberg (Sayville, N.Y.) and first-year Jack Dina (Kenilworth, Ill.).
  • First-year Alex Gogliettino (Branford, Conn.) outswam the former pool record of 2:11.76 in the 200 breast, finishing second in 2:11.59.
  • Bates also broke the pool record in the 400 free relay, which had stood at 3:14.07. Junior Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.), Dina, first-year Joshua Rines (Hollis, N.H.) and first-year Paden Brunault (Orlando, Fla.) swam the event in 3:11.03.
  • Former high school teammates and current first-years Dan Walpole (Montclair, N.J.) and John Chow (Montclair, N.J.) continued their friendly breaststroke rivalry by going lifetime bests in the 100 breast when they raced head to head, 1:00.10 and 1:00.42, respectively.
  • Senior Cody Jenkins (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) wrapped up his career by notching three season-best swims with a 2:03.17 in the 200 fly, 55.1 in the 100 fly, and 2:05.9 in the 200 IM.
  • Senior Chris Makrides (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) showed his desire to continue his swimming career and punched his ticket to the NESCAC Championships with what head coach Peter Casares called an "extremely commendable desperation swim" in the 200 fly, dropping 8 seconds and going 2:01.7. Makrides went out in the race at 55.84, notching a personal best in the 100 fly on the front half!

The NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships take place Feb. 14-16 at Williams College, and the men's conference championship meet is Feb. 21-23 at Bowdoin.