Swim teams sweep Middlebury to remain undefeated

Emma Lammers and Jonathan Depew cheer on teammates racing as the Bates men's and women's swim teams swept Middlebury on Jan. 14, 2018. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's swim team needed to win the final two races of Sunday's meet in order for the Bates men's and women's teams to sweep Middlebury, and the host Bobcats got it done.

Senior captain Hope Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) came from behind to win the 400-yard individual medley by 1.28 seconds in 4:37.87, then Bates' 200-yard freestyle relay team defeated the Panthers 1:37.76 to 1:40.73 to win the team scoring for the day.

The Bates women's team outscored Middlebury 152.5-141.5, while the Bates men defeated the Panthers 170-118. Making the wins more impressive, Middlebury fielded two male and three female divers, while Bates has none this season. The Bobcats have not been outscored yet this season.

Men's team highlights in a dominating day included breaking a pair of Tarbell Pool records: senior Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.) in the 200 backstroke (1:55.86) and junior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.) in the 100 breaststroke (57.70). Ewing broke the former record of 1:57.61 from 2011, while Bedard broke Andrew Briggs' former mark of 58.13 from 2015.

Additional women's team highlights:

  • Sophomore Monica Sears (San Anselmo, Calif.) dominated the distance freestyle events, winning the 1,650 in 18:08.77 and the 500 in 5:13.62.
  • Sophomore Hannah Johnson (Brewster, Mass.) won the 100 back in 59.53 and the 200 back in 2:08.46.
  • In addition to her win in the 400 IM, Logan won the 200 free in 1:57.25 and was edged by 0.02 seconds for first place in the 200 breast (2:29.65).
  • Junior Emma Lammers (Upper Arlington, Ohio) won the 200 fly in a zippy 2:11.35.
  • Johnson, senior Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas), first-year Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.) and sophomore Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.) won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:48.84, 1.16 seconds ahead of Middlebury.
  • Winning the aforementioned 200 free relay for the Bobcats were Apathy, Sears, Ho and McGill.

"It was great to see (the women's team) be tough and race a very talented Midd team so well," said head coach Peter Casares. "They showed such grit and perseverance in every race today."

Additional men's team highlights:

  • Ewing swam his best-ever in-season times in winning the 100 back (52.84) and 200 back (1:55.86).
  • Bedard also swam his best in-season times in winning the 100 breast (57.70) and 200 breast (2:11.05).
  • Senior Jonathan Depew (Hudson, Ohio) won the 50 free in 21.70 seconds and the 100 free in 47.76.
  • Sophomore Tanner Fuller (Wellington, Fla.) won the 200 freestyle in 1:46.33 and placed second in the 100 freestyle (47.86).
  • Senior Teddy Pender (Muscat, Oman) won the 100 fly in 53.15 seconds.
  • Sophomore Alexander Ignatov (Trumbull, Conn.) won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:00.95.
  • Junior Matt Puckace (Madison, Ohio) won the 200 fly in 2:00.18.
  • Ewing, Bedard, Pender and Depew won the 200-yard medley relay by 4.45 seconds in 1:34.97 to start the meet; the same foursome won the 200 free relay at the meet's conclusion, in 1:27.33.

"The men came out blazing, taking the first relay, and then not losing a swim race until the second half the meet in the 500 free," said Casares. "They swam their races aggressively."

Bates returns to action at Bowdoin on Friday at 7pm, followed by a home meet against Colby Saturday at 1pm.