Swimming and diving teams sweep Wesleyan in season opener at Tarbell Pool

Senior Alexander Ignatov won both the 500-yard and 1,000-yard freestyle races as the Bates men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept Wesleyan in the season opener at Tarbell Pool on Nov. 23, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened the 2019-20 season with impressive victories over NESCAC rival Wesleyan University Saturday at Tarbell Pool. The Bates men outscored Wesleyan 204-84, while the women won 227-72.

"I was happy to see us faster in a majority of events than we were last year at this time. It bodes well for the season," said head coach Peter Casares. "We aren't NESCAC fast yet, but we showed some grit, and that gets me excited because I know the team is ready to work hard together, and reap those rewards."

Women's Recap

  • Sophomore Maya Reynoso Williams (Somerville, Mass.) won the 1,000 freestyle (10:57.51), the 200-yard individual medley (2:14.00) and the 100 freestyle in 54.27.
  • Senior Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.) won the 50 freestyle (25.11) and the 100 butterfly (59.76).
  • Sophomore Isabel Mohammadi-Hall (Saratoga, Calif.) won the 100 backstroke (59.30) and the 200 back (2:09.15).
  • Sophomore Caroline Sweeney (New Canaan, Conn.) won the 200 free (1:58.15)
  • First-year Abigail Gibbons (Westtown, N.Y.) won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.34.
  • Senior captain Amy Duren (Chatham, N.J.) won the 200 butterfly (2:15.87)
  • First-year Julia Bisson (North Yarmouth, Maine) edged classmate Alicia Meshulam (Brookline, Mass.) to place first in 1-meter diving with 194.17 points, with Meshulam second at 193.12. Meshulam finished second in 3-meter diving with 206.55 points.
  • First-year Gabby Smart Clinton, Mont.) won the 500 freestyle (5:10.38). She also set the Tarbell Pool record in the 50-yard backstroke on her leadoff leg of the 200-yard medley relay, with her time of 27.00 seconds.
  • Winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:49.90 were Mohammadi-Hall, Gibbons, sophomore Saskia Wong-Smith (Los Angeles, Calif.) and sophomore Suzy Ryckman (Riverside, Conn.).
  • Sweeney, first-year Megan Strynar (Lexington, S.C.), Gibbons and Ho won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:40.46.

Men's Recap

  • Sophomore Sam Poulos (Shaker Heights, Ohio) outscored Wesleyan junior Joel Groves in 1-meter diving 154.20-153.0, and in 3-meter diving by a 166.42-148.65 score. "Our divers kicked off the meet for us and it was great to see our women go 1-2 and Sam Poulos win his event," Casares said. "A big step in the right direction for the diving program!"
  • Senior Alexander Ignatov (Trumbull, Conn.) won the 1,000 freestyle in 10:14.46 and the 500 freestyle in 4:54.87.
  • Sophomore Pieter Cory (Dublin, Calif.) won the 200 freestyle (1:46.27) and the 100 free (47.95).
  • Sophomore Dan Waterland (Chadds Ford, Pa.) won the 100 backstroke (53.69) and the 200 back (1:58.24).
  • Senior captain Matthew Charest (Lewiston, Maine) won the 100 breaststroke (1:01.01)
  • First-year Nathan Berry (Augusta, Maine) won the 50 freestyle (21.65).
  • Sophomore Andrew Hall (Little Silver, N.J.) won the 200 breaststroke (2:15.31).
  • An all-first-year squad of Tristan Depew (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Nate Sommer (Terre Haute, Ind.), Berry and John Marcolina (Mystic, Conn.) won the 200 freestyle relay (1:27.63).

"The swimmers did a great job racing together," said Casares. "We saw a lot of events today where the team traveled together showing off their depth and the training they are doing together."

Bates will host Trinity College on Sunday, with diving beginning at 10am and swim racing starting at noon.