Women's swimming 12th, men 13th at midway point of NCAA Championships

Caroline Apathy placed 11th in the women's 100-yard butterfly, and also helped Bates place 11th in the 200 freestyle relay and 14th in the 400 medley relay at the NCAA Championships on March 22, 2018. (d3photography.com)

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bates men's and women's swim teams enjoyed a second impressive day of racing Thursday at the NCAA Division III championships, with three Honorable Mention All-America relay performances in one day and an 11th-place finish for first-year Caroline Apathy in the 100-yard butterfly.

At the halfway point of the meet, the Bates women's team stands in 12th place out of 41 teams and the men's team is 13th out of 41.

Apathy (Devon, Pa.) recorded the ninth-fastest trial time in a field of 44 women in the 100 fly on Thursday morning, at 55.77 seconds. In Thursday night's consolation final, Apathy placed third in 55.57 seconds to place 11th overall.

The Bates women's 200 free relay team of senior Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas), sophomore Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.), Apathy and senior Hope Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) swam the 11th-fastest trial time out of 32 teams on Thursday morning, at 1:34.53, then finished third in the consolation final in a time of 1:34.69 to claim 11th place in the event, good for 12 team points and Honorable Mention All-America honors.

In perhaps the biggest, best surprise of the day for Bates, the women's 400 medley relay team qualified for the consolation finals by dropping 2.5 seconds off of their qualifying time to go 14th-fastest out of 30 squads in an event the Bobcats weren't originally invited in. Finishing sixth in the consolation final, the Bates squad claimed 14th place overall in lowering their time to 3:49.07. Comprising the team were Ho in the backstroke, McGill in the breast, Apathy in the butterfly and Logan in the freestyle.

Also competing on the women's side for Bates Thursday, sophomore Monica Sears (San Anselmo, Calif.) took 31st place out of 47 athletes in the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1:53.40.

Bates' men's 400 medley relay team -- senior Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.) in the backstroke, junior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.) in the breast, senior Teddy Pender (Muscat, Oman) in the butterfly and sophomore Tanner Fuller (Wellington, Fla.) in the freestyle -- swam the 13th-fastest time out of 21 squads in morning trials, at 3:20.13. In Thursday night's consolation final, the Bobcats finished second only to Kenyon at 3:19.34 to claim 10th place overall, 1.48 seconds ahead of 11th-place Williams.

Bates earned 14 team points with the performance and gained Honorable Mention All-America honors for the Bobcat foursome. Pender won his seventh career All-America award, Ewing his sixth, Bedard his second and Fuller his first.

The men's team also missed qualifying for the consolation finals of the 200 free relay, an event the Bobcats weren't invited in, by a mere 0.13 seconds while timing in 18th-fastest out of 23 squads in trials with a time of 1:23.10. Fuller led off the race, followed by Pender, Bedard and senior Jonathan Depew (Hudson, Ohio).

With three All-America honors earned in one day, Apathy is already a four-time All-American. McGill, Ho and Logan all earned two on the day, making McGill a 12-time All-American, Ho a six-time All-American and Logan a four-time All-American.

On tap for Bates in Friday's action at NCAAs are the men's and women's 800-yard freestyle relay races, and Ewing in the 100 backstroke.