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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:09 pm

GALEA EARNS TWO ALL-NESCAC SWIMMING HONORS

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College's Vincent Galea made the New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Conference Team after finishing in the top three in two events at the league championships this past weekend at Middlebury College.

Galea finished in second place in Sunday's 100-yard freestyle and placed third in Saturday's 200 freestyle. The top three in each event earn all-league honors, but the conference officially made the announcement Tuesday.

Galea had a memorable weekend, breaking three individual school records and helping a relay team set another.

Galea now holds all three men's freestyle records. He finished in a time of 45.46 in the 100 freestyle to break the old record of 45.70 set by Sam Wampler in 2009. Galea broke his own school record in the 200 freestyle. He broke another of Wampler's records in swimming a 50 freestyle in a relay Friday.

Galea also swam the lead leg and teamed with John Blackburn, John Devine, and Ryan Bachur for a school record in the 400 freestyle relay.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:13 pm

Men’s swimming finishes fifth at NESCAC Championships

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Bates men's swimming and diving team took fifth place, notching the highest finish in program history after the final day of competition at the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championship at Middlebury College on Sunday. The previous top finish was sixth place in last year's event.

The Bobcats were edged out of a fourth place finish by Tufts, whose 1,086 points narrowly eclipsed Bates' finish of 969. Defending-champion Williams repeated as champions (2,066.5), Amherst was second (1,579) and Connecticut College took third (1,232).

Bates broke 19 team records over the course of the three-day event, with a number of swimmers putting themselves in excellent position to participate in the NCAA National Championships which will be held March 18-21 in Shenandoah, Texas.

Highlights from Sunday's performance included:

Senior Matt Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) finished in eighth place in the 200-yard butterfly, posting yet another school record with a prelim mark of 1:51.11. Gagne surpassed the previous record of 1:52.13 set by Won Ho Chang in February of 2011 and now owns school records in the 50, 100, and 200 fly.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Theodore Pender (Aspull, England), Gagne, Andrew Briggs (York, Maine), and Ben Sommer (Evanston, Ill.) took sixth place with a finals time of 3:06.52. Pender led off the race by setting Bates' 100-yard freestyle record with his split time of 46.23 seconds.

First-year Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.) set a new school record in the 200-yard back with a time of 1:50.77, breaking the five-year old record of 1:54.14 held by Dan Aupi.

First-year Sam Clough (Haverhill, Mass.) qualified for the finals in 3-meter diving with 361.25 points in prelims, and finished eighth overall with 351.45 points in the finals.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:32 am

College Swimming: Bates sending program-record 12 swimmers to NCAAs

The Bates College men's basketball team isn't the campus' only athletic program making a splash this winter season. The Bobcats' men's and women's swimming and diving team rewrote the history books this year after doing much of the same last season. After sending a then-program record five swimmers to the NCAA Championships in 2014, Bates shattered that mark this year as 12 Bobcats will make the trip down to Shenandoah, Texas for the 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. While the hard work has paid off in the meet results for the past two seasons, it's been building for much longer. "It's an eight-year run," eighth-year coach Peter Casares said. "We've been slowly building for eight years and we hit a critical threshold of talent and belief. We've had people performing great year after year and improving year after year and that coupled with a few talented individuals on both the men's and women's side has allowed us to have a couple breakthrough performances in terms of our relays. When those relays get going to the national meet you start to bring some bigger numbers." ...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:18 am

Messalonskee grad back in nationals despite missing half of season
Bates swimmer and New England champion Lindsey Prelgovisk is making up for missed pool time.

Given that she was studying 4,000 miles from Bates College when swimming season started, Bates College junior Lindsey Prelgovisk is just happy to be one of a dozen Bobcats in Texas this week for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. “Honestly, I just want to have fun,” Prelgovisk said. “I didn’t think coming back from abroad that I would ever make nationals this year.” Prelgovisk, an Oakland native and former Messalonskee star, will compete in the 100 butterfly and the 400-yard freestyle relay. The NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships begin Wednesday in Shenandoah, Texas, and run every day through Saturday....

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:32 am

NCAA Division III Championships - 3/18/2015 to 3/21/2015
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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:55 am

NCAA Swim Meet Day 2: Bobcats make All-American in six events

SHENANDOAH, Texas -- The Bates College men's and women's swimming and diving teams reached a combined two championship finals and four consolation finals on a seed-defying second day of the NCAA Division III Championships Thursday at Conroe Natatorium. Bates came away with All-Americans in three relays, as well as the women's 100 butterfly and the women's 400 individual medley. The Bobcats also broke five more team records on the day.

Sophomore Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) clinched three All-America finishes during the morning trials, anchoring the 200 medley relay to 14th place and then placing sixth in the 400 IM trials. Daher swam the sixth-fastest preliminary time (4:24.33), then placed sixth in the final at 4:24.74. Daher ensured a third All-America honor in one busy morning when she anchored the 400 medley relay team to the ninth-fastest trial time.

The 400 medley relay team, comprising junior Whitney Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.), Daher, junior Lindsey Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine) and junior Caroline Depew (Hudson, Ohio), were seeded 19th, yet only missed the championship final by 0.83 seconds behind eighth-place MIT, with the ninth-fastest time in the 25-team field (3:50.42). The time broke Bates' previous team record of 3:54.35 by a whopping 3.93 seconds. Paine's leadoff 100-yard backstroke leg time of 57.17 seconds breaks her own team record of 57.35. Bates went on to place 12th in the finals, at 3:51.09, between Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Carnegie Mellon.

The women's 200 free relay foursome of McGill, Paine, first-year Anabel Carter (Camden, Maine) and Daher finished its preliminary trial in 1:35.44, the 13th-fastest time in the field, securing All-America honors and moving on to the consolation final. There Bates placed 14th overall with a time of 1:35.59.

McGill and Prelgovisk were the final two qualifiers for the consolation final of the 100-yard butterfly, 15th (56.45) and 16th (56.52). McGill moved up into 12th place in the finals, lowering her time to 56.10, breaking her former team record of 56.25, set last month at the NESCAC Championships. Prelgovisk, meanwhile, gave the lie to her 35th seeding, placing 14th in 56.49.

The Bates men's 400 medley relay quartet of first-year Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.), senior Andrew Briggs (York, Maine), senior Matt Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) and first-year Theodore Pender (Aspull, England), who became Bates' first men's relay team to compete at NCAAs yesterday, snagged their second All-America honor in as many days, blazing to the 11th-fastest prelim time of 3:19.27 -- another seed-defying performance, as the Bobcats went in with the 16th-best time.

The time lowered Bates' team record, set by the same four at the NESCAC Championships last month, by a remarkable 1.42 seconds.

Also for the second day in a row, Ewing's opening backstroke split set a new Bates standard: Ewing lowered his own team record in the 100 back, set a month ago at NESCACs, from 50.23 to 49.58 seconds.

In the consolation final of the 400 medley relay, Bates placed 12th overall, between The College of New Jersey and Connecticut College, in a time of 3:19.67.

Other performances by the Bobcats on Thursday included:

The Bates men raced to the 20th fastest time in the men's 200 free relay trials, with Pender, Briggs, Ewing and Gagne finishing in 1:24.54.
Gagne placed 22nd in the 100 fly with a time of 49.14 seconds, just 0.02 off of his own team record.
In the team standings at the midway point of the four-day meet, the Bates women are in 12th place among 38 teams with 50 points. The Bates men stand in 25th place out of 43 teams with 16 points.

Incredibly, the day's haul of hardware makes an eight-time All-American of the sophomore Daher. Also padding their All-America resumes were Prelgovisk (3), McGill (2), Depew (2), Paine (2) and Carter (1). The men's team's four have now all earned distinction as two-time All-Americans.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:31 pm

COLBY SWIMMING ASSISTANT COACH PACHECO HONORED

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College swimming coach Franco Pacheco was one of six assistant coaches in all divisions to earn the 2015 Jean Freeman Scholarship from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

The Jean Freeman Scholarship is given annually to three male and three female assistant coaches whose exceptional contributions have brought recognition to their college or university, and whose leadership, integrity, honesty, competitive attitude, and personal graciousness epitomizes those characteristics reflected by Freeman.

“I am very humbled to be selected for this award. Coach Jean Freeman was a pioneer and role model who paved the way for monumental progress and change in our sport," Pacheco said. "It is an incredible honor to be connected to her legacy. I would be remiss not to give a large amount of credit for this honor to coach (Tom) Burton and our athletes. Without their dedication and support, something like this would not be possible.”

Pacheco is in his third year as an assistant coach for Colby and is the program's recruiting coordinator. He was an assistant coach for Villanova University before coming to Colby. Pacheco served in the United States Army before coaching at Villanova.

A 2006 graduate of the College of Saint Rose, Pacheco was an all-conference swimmer for the Golden Knights. He later earned his master's degree from Saint Joseph's College (Maine) and is expected to earn his MBA from Thomas College in May. Besides his work as an assistant at Colby, Pacheco also writes for SwimSwam, one of the most viewed websites for swimming.

"I am so happy for Franco to be recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in Division III swimming. He has been a tremendous value to our program in respect to our training and he has a wonderful connection with our athletes," Burton said. "The ability to attend the CSCAA convention will provide him with a great career development opportunity to expand his knowledge of the sport.and make connections with other collegiate coaches throughout the country."

Pacheco's scholarship will provide for his CSCAA convention fee, transportation, and lodging.

Freeman swam for the University of Minnesota from 1968 to 1972, served as an assistant coach for the Gophers for one season, and then took over as head coach. Her teams were strong, she earned many regional and national honors, and was a mentor to many swimmers and coaches.

Eastern Michigan University's Tracy Martin, Truman State University's Jessica Hessell, Macalester College's Aleta Kolan, Florida Atlantic University's Kyle Berg, and Kalamazoo College's Paul Hughes were the other coaches honored.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:03 am

NCAA Swim Meet Day 3: Women's 800 free relay places 9th in record time

SHENANDOAH, Texas -- The Bates women's swimming and diving team posted the fastest time in preliminary heats of the 800 freestyle relay to claim ninth place overall in the event, giving the Bobcat women a third All-America relay team on Friday, the third day of the NCAA Division III Championships at Conroe Natatorium.

Sophomore Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.), swimming the anchor leg of the relay, caught up with and surged ahead of Kenyon College first-year Kanchi Desai over the final 50 yards of the race, touching the wall in 7:30.38, 0.42 seconds ahead of Kenyon. In the event finals on Friday night, Williams took first place in 7:18.25.

Junior Caroline Depew (Hudson, Ohio) led off the race for Bates with a split of 1:54.05, followed by first-year Nell Houde (Meriden, N.H.) in 1:52.90, sophomore Julia Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.) in 1:52.35 and Daher in 1:52.08.

It is the fifth All-America award of the meet for Daher and the ninth in her career, giving her the most All-America awards in Bates swimming and diving history, and second among all Bates athletes only to women's track and field 16-time All-American Keelin Godsey '06. The performance also represents Smachlo's fourth career All-America award, Depew's third and Houde's first.

Elsewhere at the meet, Friday was a relatively light day for Bates. Below are the Bobcats' other performances:

Men's team freshman Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.) placed 19th overall in the 100-yard backstroke, at 50.20. Junior Whitney Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.) placed 20th in the 100-yard backstroke (57.42).Senior Andrew Briggs (York, Maine) took 30th place in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.58). Senior Matt Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) placed 32nd in the 200 butterfly (1:53.12).

After three days, the Bates women's team is in 12th place out of 45 teams with 68 points, while the men's team is in 28th place out of 51 teams with 16 points. The fourth and final day of the meet takes place Saturday, with events including the 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 400 freestyle relay and 1,650 free.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:53 am

NCAA Swim Meet Day 4: 12 Bobcats leave Texas with 30 All-America honors

SHENANDOAH, Texas -- The Bates swimming and diving teams finished up their busiest and most fruitful trip to the NCAA Division III Championships in program history on Saturday, setting seven more team records and pocketing All-America honors in three more events.

As a team, the eight-athlete Bates women's team finished the meet with 91 points to place 11th out of 46 scoring teams, between 10th-place Gustavus Adolphus (99.5) and 12th-place Wheaton (Ill.) College (84). The four members of the Bates men's team scored 16 points to finish in 37th place among 54 teams.

Sophomore Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) picked up two more All-America awards on the day, in the 200 backstroke and in the 400 freestyle relay, giving her an astounding total of seven over the four-day meet. Daher is now an 11-time All-American -- the most such awards for any athlete in Bates history behind only women's track and field 16-time All-American Keelin Godsey '06.

Sophomore Julia Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.) placed third in the trials of the 1,650 freestyle race in 17:08.59, lopping 3.13 seconds off of her team record set one year ago at NCAAs. Following Sunday night's championship final with the top eight seeds, Smachlo's prelim result ultimately put her in 11th place.

Daher broke her own team 200 back record, formerly at 2:02.28, with her trial time of 2:02.13, which placed her 11th and moved her into the consolation finals. In the consolation finals she pushed the record down another 0.59 seconds, finishing fourth in the race and 12th overall in 2:01.54.

Daher led off Bates' 400 free relay team, followed by junior Whitney Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.), junior Lindsey Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine) and first-year Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas). The foursome placed 11th in the trials in 3:27.38, clipping 1.81 seconds off of the team record, advancing them into the consolation finals and clinching Honorable Mention All-America honors. In Sunday night's consolation finals, the Bobcats took third place in the race and 11th overall in 3:27.10, snipping another 0.28 off of their team record.

The 400 free relay was the Bates women's team's fourth All-America relay performance of the meet, along with the 200 free relay, the 400 medley relay and the 800 free relay.

McGill broke the team 100 freestyle record and placed 17th overall, one spot out of the consolation final, in 51.41 seconds. McGill's time breaks the former team standard of 51.58 set by Charlotte Green in 2009.

The Bates men's team, represented by senior Andrew Briggs (York, Maine), first-year Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.), senior Matt Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) and first-year Theodore Pender (Aspull, England), also enjoyed an outstanding final day of NCAAs, breaking three team records.

In the 400 free relay trials, Bates placed 20th overall in 3:04.70, breaking the former team record of 3:06.06, set in 2012 by Gagne, Dan Aupi '12, Nathaniel Depew '12 and Tom Boniface '12. Pender's leadoff leg of 45.71 seconds broke his own former record of 46.23 set last month at NESCACs.

Ewing also set a new team standard in the 200 backstroke, placing 23rd overall in 1:49.46 to slice 1.31 seconds off of the record he set last month.

Men's 2015 All-Americans:
Andrew Briggs '15 (2): 200 Medley Relay; 400 Medley Relay
Riley Ewing '18 (2): 200 Medley Relay; 400 Medley Relay
Matt Gagne '15 '15 (2): 200 Medley Relay; 400 Medley Relay
Theodore Pender '18 (2): 200 Medley Relay; 400 Medley Relay

Women's 2015 All-Americans:
Anabel Carter '18 (1): 200 Free Relay
Sara Daher '17 (7): 200 Individual Medley; 400 Individual Medley; 200 Backstroke; 200 Free Relay; 400 Free Relay; 800 Free Relay; 400 Medley Relay
Caroline Depew '16 (3): 400 Medley Relay; 800 Free Relay; 400 Free Relay
Nell Houde '18 (1): 800 Free Relay
Logan McGill '18 (3): 100 Butterfly; 200 Free Relay; 400 Free Relay
Whitney Paine '16 (2): 200 Free Relay; 400 Medley Relay;
Lindsey Prelgovisk '16 (3): 100 Butterfly; 400 Medley Relay; 400 Free Relay
Julia Smachlo '17 (2): 1,650 Freestyle; 800 Free Relay
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