Swim teams sweep Wesleyan and Trinity in season opener

Caroline Apathy won the 100-yard butterfly and anchored Bates' meet-clinching relay victory at Wesleyan on Nov. 17, 2018. (File photo by D3Photography.com)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- In the season-opening meet for the Bates men's and women's swimming and diving teams Saturday at Wesleyan University, both squads swept the competition but took different routes to get there.

The Bates men dominated both Wesleyan 235-61 and Trinity 218-73 in team scoring, while the Bates women's win over the host Cardinals came down to a narrow win in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the decisive race. The Bates women outscored Wesleyan 154-139 and Trinity 193-94.

Bates next competes in the Maine State Meet, taking place at Bowdoin College on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Men's Highlights:

  • Leading off the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay were first-year Dan Waterland (Chadds Ford, Pa.), senior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.), senior Matt Puckace (Madison, Ohio) and senior Rory Collins (Brookfield, Conn.) with a time of 1:38.03.
  • Bedard also won the 100 breaststroke in 58.82 and the 200 breast in 2:15.51.
  • Puckace also won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:03.33
  • Waterland also won the 100-yard backstroke (53.45) and the 200 backstroke (1:59.20).
  • Junior Alexander Ignatov (Trumbull, Conn.) won the 1,000 freestyle in 10:17.82 and the 500 free in 4:54.49.
  • First-year Kyle Jorgensen (Lawrenceville, N.J.) won the 200 freestyle in 1:48.84.
  • First-year Christopher Draper (Armonk, N.Y.) won the 100 freestyle in 48.23 seconds.
  • First-year Andrew Hall (Little Silver, N.J.) led a 1-2-3 Bates sweep in the 100 fly, in 53.46.
  • First-year Pieter Cory (Dublin, Calif.) won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:01.33.
  • Bates' first two divers since two seasons ago were first-years Osceola Heard (Newark, N.J.) and Sam Poulos (Shaker Heights, Ohio). Heard placed second at 3 meters (162.20) and third at 1 meter (155.10). Poulos took third (139.95) and fourth (132.25), respectively, in the same events.
  • Closing out the meet with a winning time of 1:28.35 in the 200 free relay were Collins, Draper, Hall and Bedard.

"The men did a great job making their depth count," said head coach Peter Casares. "Our big freshman class showed both talent in the water and a glimpse of how well they will compete with the NESCAC's best. Some familiar faces stepped up big too, and knowing we have such great leadership and youth is exciting."

Women's Highlights:

  • Bates' winning 200 free relay team comprised three first-years and a sophomore. Suzy Ryckman (Riverside, Conn.) led off, followed by Maya Reynoso Williams (Somerville, Mass.) and Caroline Sweeney (New Canaan, Conn.). Sophomore and five-time All-American Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.) out-touched Wesleyan on the last leg to clinch the relay and meet win.
  • First-year Saskia Wong-Smith (Los Angeles, Calif.) won the 200 butterfly in 2:17.00.
  • Reynoso Williams also won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.67 and the 500 free in 5:22.17.
  • Sweeney also won the 200 backstroke (2:11.01).
  • Apathy won the 100 fly (59.60)

"The upperclassmen provided great leadership and the freshmen won some very close races when needed," Casares said of the Bates women's team. "Depth once again played a huge part in their success. When we weren't winning we were coming up big with second, thirds, and fourths. It was a gift to have such a close meet this early on. It taught us a lot about our ability to be great when needed."