Men's swimming finishes sixth at NESCAC Championships

Matthew Gagne '15 was one of three Bobcats to score in the 200-yard butterfly on the final day of the NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships on Feb. 24, 2014. (File photo by Mike Bradley/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bates men's swimming and diving finished in sixth, tying for the highest finish in program history, after the third and final day of the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at LeRoy Greason Pool at Bowdoin College on Sunday.

The Bobcats narrowly missed finishing in fifth, compiling 777 points – just 0.5 points behind fifth-place Bowdoin which recorded 777.5 points. Over the three-day event, Bates registered seven new school records to go with a pair of top-three performances.

Williams won the championship with 1,849 points with Amherst (1,750 points), Connecticut College (1,468), and Tufts (1,147) following in order. Middlebury (739), Hamilton (458), Colby (389), Wesleyan (377.5), and Trinity (352) wrapped up the seven through 11 spots in order.

Highlights for Bates on day three included:

  • First-year Joseph Tocci (Belmont, Mass.) qualified for the 3-meter diving finals scoring, a 337.0 in the prelims before finishing eighth in the evening session with a score of 301.45.
  • The all-first-year relay of Erik Saberski (Cheshire, Conn.), Paden Brunault (Orlando, Fla.), Joshua Rines (Hollis, N.H.), and Jack Dina (Kenilworth, Ill.) took seventh place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:09.05.
  • First-years John Chow (Montclair, N.J.) and Edward Thunem (New Canaan, Conn.) notched points in the 200-yard breaststroke behind times of 2:09.56 and 2:11.94 respectively.
  • Senior Venkatesh Duvvuri (South Orange, N.J.), first-year Chase Lis (Longmont, Colo.), and junior Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) all picked up points in the 200-yard butterfly on times of 1:55.25, 1:56.77, and 1:56.87 apiece.
  • First-year Matthew Phillips (Acton, Mass.) scored points for Bates in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a 16:37.38.
  • Dina and Brunault each scored for the Bobcats in the 100-yard freestyle with times of 47.22 and 47.69 respectively.

Some Bobcats will look to next compete at the NCAA Division III Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis from Mar. 19-22.