HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates juniors Andrew Briggs and Matthew Gagne were officially recognized as All-NESCAC, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its 2014 Men's Swimming & Diving All-Conference Team on Tuesday.
All-NESCAC honors are given to individuals and relay teams who finish among the top three in each event at the NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, held last weekend at Bowdoin. Briggs and Gagne both swam a slew of events at the meet, helping Bates match its best-ever finish, in sixth place, just a measly half-point behind fifth-place Bowdoin.
Briggs (York, Maine) received his first career All-NESCAC award for his second-place finish in the 50-yard breaststroke on Friday. He broke his own school-record time in the finals of the event at 26.01 seconds, after swimming a 26.23 in prelims. His previous team record in the event, 26.60, was set a year ago at NESCACs.
Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) received his honor in the 50 butterfly, placing third in the event for a second straight year with a time of 22.54 seconds, breaking his own Bates record. In 2013 Gagne placed third in the 50 fly finals at NESCACs in 22.62 seconds.