MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Bates men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in their first meet since Dec. 7 on Sunday and did so impressively, with both squads outscoring host Middlebury College in a dual NESCAC meet.
The Bates men's team routed the Panthers 192-102. "We saw our guys tackle some different events - and some of their usuals," said head coach Peter Casares. "It was nice to see them race again, and I was proud of the confidence they had in their swims. They took them out fast but in control and that's what we want right now."
The Bates women's team had a tougher time defeating the Panthers, but pulled off a 163.5-130.5 victory by swimming "very tough," said Casares. "They rose to the occasion nicely with some wins -- and they did it together in most events with a lot of 1-2 [finishes]. Our depth paid off a lot."
The Bates swimming and diving teams compete in their second and final home meet of the season Friday at 7pm against Bowdoin.
- The Bates men opened the meet with a 0.90-second victory in the 200-yard medley relay, with first-year Dan Waterland (Chadds Ford, Pa.), senior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.), first-year Andrew Hall (Little Silver, N.J.) and junior Tanner Fuller (Wellington, Fla.) finishing in 1:36.89.
- The squad concluded the meet with a win in the 200 freestyle relay, as first-year Pieter Cory (Dublin, Calif.), senior Rory Collins (Brookfield, Conn.), Waterland and Fuller swam a time of 1:27.56.
- Sophomore Samuel Montenegro (Wynnewood, Pa.) grabbed his first collegiate race win, touching the wall first in the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.88).
- Bedard won the 200 freestyle (1:47.51) as well as the 200 breast (2:11.30).
- Hall took first place in both the 100 butterfly (53.76) and 400-yard individual medley (4:15.30) and finished second in the 100 breast (1:00.69)
- First-year Jack Johnson (Brewster, Mass.) won the 200 butterfly (2:00.94) and placed second in the 400-yard individual medley (4:16.62).
- Collins took first place in the 50 free (22.16) and second in the 100 free (48.77).
- Waterland also won the 100 backstroke (53.33)
- Cory also won the 100 breaststroke (59.83) and finished second in the 500 freestyle (4:56.72).
- Fuller placed first in the 100 freestyle (48.39).
- Junior Alexander Ignatov (Trumbull, Conn.) placed second in the 1,650 freestyle (16:56.31).
- First-year Osceola Heard (Newark, N.J.) placed second in both 1-meter diving (208.35) and 3-meter diving (210.53).
- First-year Calvin Tuttle (Columbia, Md.) finished third in the 200 backstroke (2:01.35) -- his "best swim of the season," said Casares.
- Sophomore Erin Bucki (Eagan, Minn.) touched the wall first in both the 200 backstroke (2:10.22) and 200 freestyle (1:58.62).
- Junior Hannah Johnson (Brewster, Mass.) won the 100 backstroke in 1:00.30 and was the runner-up by 0.07 seconds in the 200 back (2:10.29).
- Junior Emmy Daigle (Portland, Ore.) won both the 100 breast (1:07.71) and the 200 breast (2:29.72).
- First-year Saskia Wong-Smith (Los Angeles, Calif.) won the 200 butterfly (2:15.19), just 0.10 seconds ahead of junior teammate Amy Duren (Chatham, N.J.). Wong-Smith was also second in the 100 butterfly (1:00.34).
- First-year Caroline Sweeney (New Canaan, Conn.) took first place in the 100 freestyle (54.70) and was also second in the 200 free (1:58.80).
- Sophomore Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.) won the 100 butterfly in 59.04 seconds.
- First-year Maya Reynoso Williams (Somerville, Mass.) placed second in both the 1,650 freestyle (18:25.74) and 500 freestyle (5:19.62).
- The Bates women closed out the meet with a 0.14-second victory over Middlebury in the 200-yard freestyle relay. First-year Suzy Ryckman (Riverside, Calif.) led off, followed by junior Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.), Sweeney and Apathy.