Women's swimming to send record-matching nine student-athletes to NCAA Championships

Bates swimmers who will compete at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships are (top row, left to right) Caroline Apathy, Erin Bucki, Emmy Daigle, Lucy Faust, (bottom row, left to right) Janika Ho, Isabel Mohammadi-Hall, Maya Reynoso Williams, Suzy Ryckman and Caroline Sweeney. (Photos by Brewster Burns for Bates College)

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bates women's swim team will send nine student-athletes to compete in the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, to be held March 20-23 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. The Bobcats match the 2016 program record of nine women competing at NCAAs.

Sophomore Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.) is the No. 1 seed in the 100-yard butterfly, based on her 54.54-second title-winning race at the NESCAC Championships. Apathy is also seeded 36th in the 100-yard freestyle (51.72) 53rd in the 50 freestyle (24.25 seconds).

Junior Emmy Daigle (Portland, Ore.) will swim the 100-yard breaststroke as the 26th seed, based on her season-best time of 1:04.73.

Senior Lucy Faust (Piedmont, Calif.), a veteran of two NCAA Championship meets, will compete in the 1,650-yard freestyle as the 29th seed, based on her time of 17:30.01.

But the Bobcats will again make their biggest impact at NCAAs in the relay events:

  • Bates is the ninth-seeded team in the 200-yard medley relay, based on the third-place time of 1:43.87 at the NESCAC Championships. The team comprises eight-time All-American junior Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the backstroke, Apathy in the fly, Daigle in the breast and first-year Suzy Ryckman (Riverside, Conn.) in the freestyle.
  • Bates is also the 14th seed in the 400 medley relay (3:49.25), swum by Ho, Apathy, Daigle and first-year Isabel Mohammadi-Hall (Saratoga, Calif.).
  • Bates is the 14th seed in the 400 freestyle relay (3:27.99), swum by Apathy, Faust, Ho and Ryckman.
  • Bates is the 15th seed in the 800 freestyle relay (7:34.73), swum by sophomore Erin Bucki (Eagan, Minn.), Faust, first-year Maya Reynoso Williams (Somerville, Mass.) and first-year Caroline Sweeney (New Canaan, Conn.).
  • The Bobcats are also qualified as the 22nd seed in the 200 freestyle relay.

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