Swim team breaks four team records on second night of NESCAC Men's Championships

Alex Bedard had a part in two Bates records falling at the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 24, 2018 (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates men's swim team broke four program records, including the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay, in Saturday's second-day action at the NESCAC Men's Championships.

Bates' 200-yard medley relay team of senior Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.), junior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.), senior Teddy Pender (Muscat, Oman) and senior Jonathan Depew (Hudson, Ohio) finished the championship final in 1:30.52, 0.17 seconds under the former team record set at the 2017 NCAA Championships by Ewing, Dan Walpole, Pender and Depew. The foursome placed fourth in the event, 0.17 seconds away from third-place Williams.

Bates also concluded the night with a team relay record, as junior Benjamin Nussbaum (Ridgefield, Conn.), junior Rory Collins (Brookfield, Conn.), senior Christopher Lee (Natick, Mass.) and sophomore Tanner Fuller (Wellington, Fla.) finished fifth overall in 6:53.60, nearly three seconds under the former team record of 6:56.54 set in 2015 by Depew, Pender, Mike Connolly and Jack Dina. It is the first appearance in the team record book for all four men.

Other highlights for Bates on Saturday:

  • Ewing earned his second All-NESCAC award of the meet with a third-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 49.97 seconds.
  • Pender took fifth place in the championship final of the 100 butterfly, with a time of 49.65 seconds.
  • Fuller finished 10th overall and second in the consolation final of the 200 freestyle in 1:40.59, only 0.19 shy of Pender's team record.
  • Bedard also broke the team record in the 100-yard breaststroke with his trial time of 56.44 seconds -- 0.02 under the mark set by Walpole at the 2017 NCAA Championships. In the championship final, he finished seventh in 56.80 seconds.
  • Sophomore Alexander Ignatov (Trumbull, Conn.) broke his fourth team record with his trial time of 4:05.87 in the 400-yard individual medley, topping the mark of 4:09.40 set by now-junior Drew Beland (Southborough, Mass.) in 2016. Ignatov placed 12th overall and fourth in the consolation final with his time of 4:05.68, lowering the record by another 0.19 seconds. Ignatov also owns Bates' three distance freestyle records.
  • Sophomore Matthew Charest (Lewiston, Maine) finished eighth in the championship final of the 100 breast in 56.95 seconds, after posting a 56.92 in trials.

Bates remains in sixth place out of 11 teams with one day remaining in the NESCAC Men's Championship. Sunday's sessions begin at 10am and 5:30pm.