Women's swim & dive moves into fourth at NESCACs

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Bates College women's swimming and diving leapfrogged Connecticut College to move into fourth place after day two at the 2014 NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at Samuelson-Muir Pool.

The Bobcats finished the day with 838.5 points, 36 points ahead of the Camels (802.5). Host Williams continued to lead the field with 1341 points while Middlebury (893) and Amherst (875.5) sit in second and third respectively. Bowdoin (615), Tufts (543.5), Wesleyan (421), Hamilton (369), Colby (347), and Trinity (267) occupy places sixth through 11th respectively.

First-year Julia Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.) paced the Bobcats on the day, winning the 1000-yard freestyle event with a time of 10:17.06 after swimming a 10:34.51 in the prelims. Smachlo broke Tara Dugan's 2011 program record of 10:32.74 in the event and became the first Bates female swimmer to win an event at the championship since Kara Leasure '12 who won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2012. She will earn All-NESCAC recognition at the conclusion of the meet for her top-three finish.

Other highlights for Bates on day two included:

  • First-year Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) took second place in the 400 IM with an NCAA B-cut and team record time of 4:24.59 after swimming a 4:26.66 in the prelims. Leasure held the previous record with a 4:33.50. Daher came in second in the event to Williams first-year Megan Pierce who set a pool record with a 4:23.02.
  • The Bobcats edged Amherst by .10 seconds and captured second place in the 800-yard freestyle relay with an NCAA B-cut and program record time of 7:34.62 after swimming a 7:38.00 in the prelims. Smachlo opened with a 1:55.88 and sophomore Caroline Depew (Hudson, Ohio) followed with a 1:53.33. Next, sophomore Lindsey Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine) swam a 1:53.62, and Daher closed with a 1:51.79. Daher, Smachlo, senior Gabrielle Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.), and Depew had set the team record earlier this year with a 7:38.00.
  • Prelgovisk came in third in the 100-yard butterfly behind a time of 57.48 seconds for an NCAA B-cut swim. She came .40 seconds shy of Vanessa Williamson '05's program record of 57.08.
  • Sophomore Melissa Paione (Auburn, Maine) tied the program record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:06.38 which Daher set earlier this season.
  • Sophomore Whitney Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.) established a new team record with a time of 57.41 in the 100-yard backstroke prelims. Katelyn Drake set the previous high mark for Bates with a 57.52 in 2009. Paine came in sixth in the event's finals in 57.96.

The competition concludes tomorrow with sessions at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.