While students were visiting home, easing back into life at school, and then beginning to feel the full force of the March slog, Bates swimming and diving was spending a lot of time in pools across the Northeast. Since our last issue, the Bobcats have competed in three events; the men and women took part in the NESCAC Championships at Middlebury, the women traveled to Williams for the Women’s February Invitational, and junior Emma Jarcyzk dove at the NCAA Division III Northeast Diving Regionals.
At NESCACs, the Bobcat women followed up their school-best runner-up finish last year with a third-place showing this season, recording 1,317.5 points, just 25.5 behind second-place Amherst. Junior Sara Daher was one of several standouts for a deep Bates team that will be sending nine women to the NCAA Division III Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina from March 16-19. She broke both Bates’ team records in the 100-yard backstroke and 400-medley relay (joined by first-year Emma Lammers and seniors Melissa Paione and Caroline Depew for the latter), and took third place along with teammates Depew, Lindsey Prelgovisk ’16, and Logan McGill ’18 in the 400-freestyle.
Sophomore Teddy Pender had an incredible performance for the Bates men, leading them to their fifth-place team finish. As an individual, Pender set new school records on each of the tournament’s three days, winning the NESCAC title in the 50-freestyle and then finishing a close second in both the 200 and 100 freestyles as well.
At the Women’s February Invitational, Bates had another stellar relay showing, as the 200-medley team of sisters freshman Kristy and senior Lindsey Prelgovisk, senior Whitney Paine, and McGill set a school record by finishing in 1:44.24, 0.43 seconds better than their prior best at NESCACs.
On the final weekend of a very busy February, Jarczyk traveled to Wellesley for the Northeast Diving Regionals, concluding her season with 16th and 15th place finishes in the one and three-meter dives respectively. Jarczyk had come in second in the one-meter and fourth in the three-meter at the conference championships.
The Bobcats now finally have an opportunity to rest and practice before their season culminates at the NCAA Championships.