Bates seniors shine in final home meet at Tarbell Pool

Madeline Moberg is joined by her family during Senior Night festivities prior to Bates' dual meet against Bowdoin on Jan. 18, 2019. Moberg won the 50-yard backstroke. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The seniors from the Bates men's and women's swimming and diving teams came through with excellent races in their final home meet Friday night as the Bobcats hosted Bowdoin in a dual meet, though the rival Polar Bears won the team scoring for both men and women.

The Bowdoin men outscored Bates 184-116, while the women's final score was 171-125 in Bowdoin's favor.

"Hats off to Bowdoin. They beat us good tonight. We swam our best of the season and still came up well short when looking at the final results," said Bates head coach Peter Casares. "I believe our best is ahead -- and our depth will show up in the NESCAC meet for sure. We learned a lot tonight, and it will make us better."

Bates gets little rest before swimming a dual meet at Colby on Saturday, starting at 1pm.


  • Senior Madeline Moberg (St. Paul, Minn.) won the 50-yard backstroke in a time of 28.64, leading a 1-2-3 Bates sweep with junior Hannah Johnson (Brewster, Mass.) in second (28.65) and first-year Isabel Mohammadi-Hall (Saratoga, Calif.) in third (28.66).
  • "It was fantastic to see our seniors step up and swim so well in their final home meet. Madeline Moberg's 50 back had the crowd rocking. Each senior did something special tonight."
  • Bates women opened the meet with a victorious performance in the 200-yard medley relay, with junior Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.), junior Emmy Daigle (Portland, Ore.), sophomore Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.) and first-year Caroline Sweeney (New Canaan, Conn.) finishing in 1:49.20.
  • First-year Maya Reynoso Williams (Somerville, Mass.) won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:09.92 and placed second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.89)
  • Daigle won the 50 breaststroke in 31.81 seconds and the 100 breast in 1:08.40.
  • Apathy was the runner-up in the 100 butterfly to Mary Laurita by 0.01 seconds with her time of 57.43, and by a margin of 0.16 seconds in the 50 fly with her time of 26.21.


  • Senior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.) won the 50-yard breaststroke in 26.54 seconds, the 100 breast in 57.97, and the 100-yard individual medley in 53.71 seconds.
  • Junior Matthew Charest (Lewiston, Maine) finished a strong second to Bedard in the 50 breast (27.56) and 100 breast (1:00.09). "Matt Charest had two truly awesome 2nd place finishes," said Casares. "His come from behind swims to grab second places showed so much heart."