Apathy wins 100 butterfly title as women's swimming remains fourth at NESCACs

Bates sophomore Caroline Apathy stands atop the podium as the 100-yard butterfly champion at the NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 16, 2019. (Lisa Champagne/NESCAC)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- For the second day in a row at the NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Bates remained in fourth place out of 11 teams on the strength of an All-NESCAC relay and an outstanding individual race by sophomore Caroline Apathy.

Apathy (Devon, Pa.) claimed first place in the 100-yard butterfly and broke Bates' team record in the process, finishing the championship final in 54.54 seconds, 0.48 ahead of runner-up Maia Hare of Williams. The previous team record of 54.90 was set by current junior Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.). Apathy placed second in the 50 fly yesterday and has four All-NESCAC honors to her credit at these championships.

Three races prior, Apathy helped Bates finish third in the 200-yard medley relay, earning All-NESCAC honors for Ho, junior Emmy Daigle (Portland, Ore.) and first-year Suzy Ryckman (Riverside, Conn.). Bates nipped fourth-place Tufts by 0.06 seconds, in a time of 1:43.87 -- one hundredth of a second off of the team record set at the 2018 NCAA Championships by Ho, Logan McGill, Apathy and Hope Logan.

Other top-16 event performances by the Bobcats on Saturday included:

  • Daigle claimed fifth place in the 100-yard breaststroke with her championship final time of 1:05.51 (following a trial time of 1:05.19).
  • Senior Lucy Faust (Piedmont, Calif.) finished sixth in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:23.97.
  • First-year Isabel Mohammadi-Hall (Saratoga, Calif.) placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (57.68, after a trial time of 57.59).
  • Junior Hannah Johnson (Brewster, Mass.) placed ninth in the 100 backstroke (57.89).
  • Senior Emma Lammers (Upper Arlington, Ohio) took 13th place in the 100 butterfly (57.91, after a trial time of 57.67).
  • First-year Anna Barrow (Denver, Colo.) placed 14th in the 400 individual medley (4:40.88).
  • Sophomore Erin Bucki (Eagan, Minn.) placed 15th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.61, after a trial time of 1:54.17).

With one day remaining in the meet, Bates stands in fourth place with 732 points, between third-place Amherst (947) and fifth-place Connecticut College (700), despite having no divers on the roster. Events contested on Sunday will include the 1,650 free, the 200 backstroke, the 100 freestyle, the 200 breast, the 200 fly, 3-meter diving and the 400 freestyle relay.