SWIM AND DIVE
The Bates men’s swim team graduated only three seniors from last years team that finished in 6th place of 11 teams at the 2014 NESCAC championships. The men’s team is expecting to improve upon that showing, given the large return of talent and chemistry they will have from last year’s team. The season gets under way for the men’s team this weekend at Wesleyan University, where instead of heading home for thanksgiving break, the squad will begin NESCAC competition. “Both the men’s and women’s team look to be stronger than ever on paper. However right now we are no where near where we need to be, and the teams are working hard to get a lot better” said head coach Peter Casares.
The women’s team is returning stellar sophomore swimmers Sara Daher ‘17 and Julia Smachlo ‘17, each of who received all-America honors last year at Nationals. These two will be looking to help the Lady Bobcat swimmers improve upon their 4th place finish at the NESCAC championships last year, with a conference championship in their sights, despite having graduated 8 seniors from last years team. Diver Emma Jarczyk ’17 will be hungry for improvement on her 8th and 12th place showings at the northeast diving regionals in the 3 and 1-meter events, respectively. The women’s team starts off their season at Wesleyan this weekend as well, as NESCAC competition gets underway.
Coming off an impressive 13-7 season, the men’s squash team is a clear NESCAC competitor. They enter the season with strong momentum, having defeated Hamilton, Wesleyan, and Connecticut College in their first weekend. “This year it’s a whole new dynamic,” said sophomore Carlos Ames. “We want to try and break top ten. We’ll play to our full potential and just see where it goes from there.” Junior Amhed Abdel Khalek stands among the top competitors for a national championship, finishing the 2013-2014 season as the country’s 3rd ranked player. Sophomore Ahmed Hatata also looks to join the top ranks after being named the NESCAC rookie of the year last season. “Our team is really starting to come together,” said Ames.
The women’s squash team finished 12-8 last season, earning the number two spot in the NESCAC. “We definitely have the potential to do as well as we did last year,” said sophomore Charlotte Cabot. Though the team lost a handful of seniors, the returners on the squad are primed to remain contenders. The season’s first weekend proved to be a great sign, when the team defeated Hamilton, Wesleyan, and Connecticut College. “We had high expectations for the weekend, and we fulfilled them,” said Cabot. The team will bring that momentum into the season and chase another top two NESCAC finish.
The men’s indoor team took last season’s Maine State Championships, and they’ll look to do so again. “This year looks very promising, as we have a lot of new talent,” said senior pole-vaulter Eric Wainman. “Our top goals as always are to win states, win the NESCAC, and hopefully place in the top three at indoor and outdoor Division III New Englands.” As far as the NESCAC go, Williams is shaping up to be the team to beat. But with strong returners coming off of a strong year, Bates has a lot of potential, and a definite shot to repeat as Maine State champions.
The women’s team also finished first at the Maine State Championships last year. The strong team should be competitive again this year, featuring a roster well spread out across the classes and with a lot of returners. Among these returners are junior Isabelle Unger, sophomore Claire Markonic, and senior Sarah Fusco, who were named All-American in the distance medley relay last season. The team will be competitors in the NESCACs and in Maine, and will look to have a strong showing in the New England Division III championships as well.