Men's swimming maintains fifth place after day two of NESCACs

Ben Sommer '16 helped the Bobcats finish fifth in the 200-yard medley relay. (File photo by Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bates College men's swimming and diving set another three program records and remained in fifth place as a team after day two at the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at LeRoy Greason Pool at Bowdoin College on Saturday.

The Bobcats compiled 638 points to retain their spot in the team standings through two days of competition. Williams (1,288.5 points) remains in the lead with Amherst (1,196), Connecticut College (1,133), and Tufts (763) following in order. Bates currently ranks ahead of Bowdoin (568.5), Middlebury (523), Hamilton (348), Colby (293), Wesleyan (293), and Trinity (251) who occupy the seventh through 11 positions respectively.

Highlights for Bates on day two included:

  • Three Bobcats swam in the top eight of the 100-yard breaststroke finals with first-years Edward Thunem (New Canaan, Conn.) and Daniel Walpole (Montclair, N.J.) each finishing in fifth with NCAA B-cut times of 57.72. Junior Andrew Briggs (York, Maine) came in eighth with a 58.05 after notching a program-best time of 57.22 in the prelims. All three surpassed Briggs' previous school-record mark of 58.67 set at last year's NESCAC Championships.
  • Junior Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) swam an NCAA B-cut and school-record time of 49.41 in the 100-yard butterfly to finish in fourth in the event. He broke his own school record of 49.48 from last year's NESCAC meet.
  • First-year Matthew Phillips (Acton, Mass.) set a new program record in the 1,000-yard freestyle behind a time of 9:51.58, for 13th place in the event. David Bear previously held the record of 9:52.71 set on March 1, 2003.
  • In the 200-yard medley relay, the team's A relay of sophomore Ben Sommer (Evanston, Ill.), Briggs, Gagne, and first-year Paden Brunault (Orlando, Fla.) came in fifth with a time of 1:33.60 after a 1:34.79 in the prelims.
  • The first-year foursome of Mike Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.), Jack Dina (Kenilworth, Ill.), Phillips, and Brunault took seventh place in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:59.39.

The championships conclude tomorrow with sessions at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.