MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Bates passed Colby on the final day of the NESCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships to take fifth place in the conference, matching the Bobcats' best place at the conference championship for the fourth time in five years.
Bates led Colby by six points entering the final event of the four-day meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Bobcats' two entries in the event placed fifth and 16th, while Colby's came in sixth and 17th, sealing Bates' placement in the top half of the conference.
Bates' fifth-place relay team of junior Tanner Fuller (Wellington, Fla.), first-year Christopher Draper (Armonk, N.Y.), first-year Pieter Cory (Dublin, Calif.) and senior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.) timed in at 3:05.30.
Other Sunday highlights for Bates included:
- Junior Matthew Charest (Lewiston, Maine) qualified for his third breaststroke championship final of the meet in the 200 breast with a trial time of 2:05.64. He finished eighth in the championship final at 2:06.54.
- Bedard placed ninth in the 200 breast and first in the consolation final with his time of 2:05.42.
- First-year Osceola Heard (Newark, N.J.) took ninth place in 3-meter diving, after scoring 298.55 points in preliminaries.
- First-year Andrew Hall (Little Silver, N.J.) placed 10th in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing the consolation final in 1:53.41 after a trial time of 1:53.40.
- First-year Jack Johnson (Brewster, Mass.) took 12th place in the 200 breaststroke, with a consolation final time of 2:07.42 after a trial time of 2:07.37.
- First-year Sam Poulos (Shaker Heights, Ohio) placed 13th in 3-meter diving with 245.05 points in preliminaries.
- First-year Dan Waterland (Chadds Ford, Pa.) placed 14th in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:53.55, after a trial time of 1:53.03.
- Cory (Dublin, Calif.) placed 14th in the 100-yard freestyle, with a finals time of 46.71 after a trial time of 46.58.
- Senior Benjamin Nussbaum (Ridgefield, Conn.) placed 16th in the 1,650-yard freestyle, with a time of 16:26.15.
Some Bates swim team members to be determined will be competing at the NCAA Division III Championships, taking place March 20-23 in Greensboro, N.C.