Third all-conference relay team helps women's swimming place sixth at NESCACs

Monica Sears helped Bates place third in the 400 free relay and placed fifth in the 1,650 freestyle on the third and final day of the NESCAC Women's Championships, Feb. 18, 2018. (File photo by

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bates College finished the 2018 NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships on a strong note, placing third in the 400-yard freestyle relay for its third all-conference relay performance of the meet.

Bates finished the three-day meet in sixth place out of 11 teams Sunday at Williams College, following a third and final day of strong swims from the Bobcats. Bates finished with 943 points, behind fifth-place Bowdoin (998.5) and ahead of seventh-place Middlebury (826). It is the Bates women's program eighth year in a row finishing among the top six teams at NESCAC Championships, and the first time the team has done so without a diver competing.

Sophomore Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.), first-year Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.), sophomore Monica Sears (San Anselmo, Calif.) and senior Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas) finished the race in 3:29.07, 0.45 ahead of fourth-place Bowdoin for the third and final all-conference spot.

Other Sunday highlights for the Bobcats included:

  • Senior Hope Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) finished fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a championship final time of 2:23.31.
  • Sears took fifth place in the 1,650-yard freestyle, finishing in 17:25.91.
  • Sophomore Hannah Johnson (Brewster, Mass.) grabbed sixth place in the championship final of the 200-yard backstroke in 2:04.83, following a trial time of 2:04.46 that ranked fourth in the field.
  • Sophomore Amy Duren (Chatham, N.J.) touched the wall seventh in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in 2:08.33.

The NESCAC Men's Championships will take place next weekend, Feb. 23-25, at Bowdoin. After that, the NCAA Division III Championships will be held March 21-24 in Indianapolis.