LEWISTON, Maine -- With a No. 14 national ranking, seven returning All-America performers and year after year of steady improvement, the Bates women's swimming and diving team is poised for another great season in 2016-17. And the Bates men's team isn't far behind.
The season won't draw to a close until the NCAA Championships in mid-March, but its beginning is already upon us, with back-to-back dual road meets this weekend. Bates competes at Wesleyan on Saturday at 3pm, followed by Sunday's 12pm meet at another NESCAC rival, Trinity.
The Bates women's team placed 11th in Division III and second in the NESCAC two years ago, then was 12th and third, respectively, in 2016. Even after graduating four All-Americans from the Class of 2016, its prospects have rarely looked better.
The Bobcats will be led by an all-time Bates great in senior Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.), who was recently named a Division III Preseason All-American. It's no wonder: Daher has already won more All-America honors than any Bates athlete in history. She claimed six All-America honors in 2016, including a career-best second-place showing in the 200-yard individual medley.
But Daher is only the tip of the All-America iceberg for the Bates women: also dotting the roster are senior five-time All-American Julia Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.), junior six-time All-American Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas) and four additional one-time All-America performers in junior Anabel Carter (Camden, Maine), junior Nell Houde (Meriden, N.H.), junior Hope Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) and sophomore Kristy Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine). Senior All-NESCAC performer Emma Jarczyk (Sudbury, Mass.) leads the Bobcat diving crew.
The Bates men's team matched its best-ever finish at the NESCAC Championships in 2016 by placing fifth. From that squad, the Bobcats return two 2015 All-Americans -- juniors Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.) and Teddy Pender (Muscat, Oman) -- as well as four other 2016 All-NESCAC selections, in senior Jack Dina (Kenilworth, Ill.), junior Mike Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.), senior Josh Rines (Hollis, N.H.) and senior Daniel Walpole (Montclair, N.J.).
The men's team is ranked No. 10 in the Northeast-North Region by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, and also received some votes in the national top 25 poll.
Following this weekend, Bates competes in a newly established Maine State Meet, taking place Dec. 2-3 at Bowdoin. The WPI Invitational on Jan. 29 is another new, multi-team event on the schedule this year. Bates' lone home meet this season will be Jan. 13 against Bowdoin.
February 27, 2017 Swimming and diving to send eight women, four men to NCAA Championships
February 24, 2017 Jarczyk places 12th out of 27 at NCAA Diving Regionals
February 21, 2017 Five Bobcats awarded All-NESCAC honors in men's swimming
February 19, 2017 Men's swimming breaks four more team records, finishes fifth in NESCAC
February 14, 2017 Nine from women's swimming and diving team receive All-NESCAC honors
February 12, 2017 Women's swimming and diving ends NESCAC Championships in fifth place
February 11, 2017 Youth serves women's swim team on second day of NESCACs
January 29, 2017 Swimming and diving tunes up for NESCACs at WPI Invitational
January 14, 2017 Swimming and diving completes weekend sweep of CBB rivals
January 13, 2017 Swimming and diving sweeps Bowdoin for third straight year
January 8, 2017 Men's swimming and diving wins dual meet at Middlebury
January 7, 2017 Swimming and diving teams sweep Norwich
November 20, 2016 Swimming and diving completes weekend sweep at Trinity