Swimming and diving teams sweep Maine State Meet for fourth time in four years

Junior Alexander Ignatov took second place in the 400 IM (4:15.67) and third in the 200 butterfly (2:02.12) to help Bates win the Maine State Meet for the fourth straght year. (Courtesy of Vanessa Williamson/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates men's and women's swimming and diving teams both took first place for the fourth time in as many years Saturday at the conclusion of the Maine State Meet, with dominating performances from both squads.

"We had a ton of Maine state champs in many different events. Lots of good tough swims," said head coach Peter Casares. "They swam fast early in the meet, and found a way to win races when they were tired at the end. It showed off the hard work they've put in this semester, and their ability to be gritty when it wasn't easy."

Bates' women's team scored 1,105.5 points over two days to defeat runner-up Bowdoin (907) by 97.5. Maine took third place with 596, followed by Colby (416.5), the University of New England (153), St. Joseph's (44) and Maine Maritime (31).

The Bates men's team scored 1,162 points, well ahead of second-place Colby (887.5). Bowdoin (624.5) was third, followed by Maine (431), Maine Maritime (67), St. Joseph's (52) and the University of New England (20).

"We still aren't at our best, so there is more work to be done," said Casares, "but it was great to see we are well on our way."

Bates will host Dartmouth College Friday at 6pm at Tarbell Pool, in the first of two home meets for the Bobcats this year.

BATES WOMEN'S HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sophomore Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.) won the 50-yard butterfly (25.97), the 50 backstroke (27.85). She also took second place in the 100 fly (57.67), the 100 back (59.54) and the 100 free (53.70).
  • First-year Caroline Sweeney (New Canaan, Conn.) won the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.80) and the 100 free (53.65).
  • Junior Emmy Daigle (Portland, Ore.) won the 50 breast (31.67) and 100 breast (1:09.25)
  • First-year Maya Reynoso Williams (Somerville, Mass.) won the 500 freestyle in 5:10.18
  • Sophomore Erin Bucki (Eagan, Minn.) took second place in both the 200 free (1:58.14) and the 200 back (2:08.43)
  • First-year Virginia Guanci (Melrose, Mass.) won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:30.36) and was third in the 50 breast (32.20)
  • First-year Isabel Mohammadi-Hall (Saratoga, Calif.) was third in the 200 back (2:09.31).
  • First-year Suzy Ryckman (Riverside, Conn.) was third in the 50 freestyle (25.40).

BATES MEN'S HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Bates men's team led off Saturday's portion of the meet with a 1-2 sweep in the 200-yard medley relay. First-year Dan Waterland (Chadds Ford, Pa.) led off the winning team, followed by senior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.), senior Matthew Puckace (Madison, Ohio) and senior Rory Collins (Brookfield, Conn.) for a time of 1:36.96. In second place with a time of 1:37.71 was sophomore Samuel Montenegro (Wynnewood, Pa.), junior Matthew Charest (Lewiston, Maine), first-year Andrew Hall (Little Silver, N.J.) and first-year Christopher Draper (Armonk, N.Y.).
  • Bedard won the 50 breaststroke (26.38) as well as the 100 breast (58.11) and 200 breast (2:08.81).
  • Waterland won the 200 backstroke in 1:56.04 and the 100 IM in 54.52. He also came in second in both the 50 backstroke (24.92) and the 100 back (52.75).
  • Hall won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:13.37, took second place in the 100 IM (54.74) and finished third in the 200 breast (2:13.37) and 200 IM (1:58.28).
  • Junior Alexander Ignatov (Trumbull, Conn.) took second place in the 400 IM (4:15.67) and third in the 200 butterfly (2:02.12).
  • First-year Pieter Cory (Dublin, Calif.) placed second in the 200 IM at 1:58.00.
  • Puckace took second place in the 50 freestyle (24.18).
  • Draper was third in the 200 free (1:46.35) and the 100 free (48.41).
  • Charest was second in the 100 breast (1:00.32) and third in the 50 breast (27.80).
  • In diving competition at Bates, first-year Osceola Heard (Newark, N.J.) placed second in 3-meter diving (193.30 points) and third at 1 meter (175.95).