After last year’s program-best second-place showing at the NESCAC Championships and their 7-0 start to this season, Bates women’s swimming and diving entered last weekend’s NESCAC Championships at Middlebury as formidable competitors. On the strength of several school-record performances, the Bobcats placed third.

On day one, the “B” 400 medley relay team of backstroker Sara Daher ’17, breaststroke swimmer Melissa Paione ’16, butterfly swimmer Emma Lammers ’19, and freestyler Caroline Depew ’16 combined to set the team record in the event.

Junior Emma Jarczyk starred for Bates in the diving events, placing second in the one-meter competition on Friday and fourth in the three-meter on Sunday. Another Bates relay team broke a team record on Saturday, as the 200-medley relay squad of seniors Whitney Paine, Lindsey Prelgovisk, Paoine, and sophomore Logan McGill cut over a second off the previous record the Bates women had set just last year. Paoine was involved in one other record-breaking performance, shattering her own team-best mark in the 100 breaststroke and finishing third overall.

With 1,317.5 points over the grueling three-day competition, the Bobcats were just 25.5 behind second-place Amherst and a comfortable margin of 127 points ahead of fourth-place Middlebury. The men will compete in this NESCAC Championships this weekend at Williams, before both the women and the men head to Wellesley College for the NCAA Division III Regional Championships the following weekend.