The Bates women’s swimming and diving team nearly pulled off an enormous upset, coming up just eleven points short of Connecticut College on Saturday in a 149-138 loss. The women’s team was, however, able to handily defeat Wellesley College in the tri-team meet, which was hosted by Connecticut College.
Standout performances included first-year Julia Smachlo’s winning of the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:34.51, which nearly broke the team record. Fellow first year Sara Daher won the 400-yard individually medley by more than six seconds, finishing in 4:35.92. Sophomore Melissa Paione also won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.77, absolutely smoking the runner up from Conn. College.
One of the biggest stories of the day was first-year diving sensation Emma Jarczyk’s winning of the 1-meter and 3-meter events with 250.80 and 272.85 points respectively, earning her a national-consideration performance.
In his post-meet comments, head coach Peter Cesares noted that the women’s meet was the closest the Bates team had come to beating Conn. College in recent memory. The women’s team should also be encouraged at the exceptional performances by some of its youngest members.
Unfortunately, the men’s team did not fair as well as the women, as the Bobcats only managed a handful of event victories and lost 205 points to 75. Bates’ sole swimming victory was captured by junior Andrew Briggs, who swam the 100-yard breaststroke in a blazing 1:00.13, just 0:00.30 ahead of Conn. College’s swimmer.
First-year diver Joseph Tocci also won the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, diving uncontested, with a respectable 156.65 and 197.55 points, respectively.
Despite the loss, Bates was competitive in most of the races, and the team appears to be positioned well for the conference meet in February.
Both the men’s and the women’s teams will next swim at home this Saturday in “The Maine Event” against Colby.