At last weekend’s NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Bates women racked up 22 All-American honors and finished 12th overall out off 55 teams, just one place lower than last year and the second-best showing in school history.
Sarah Daher ’17 and Lindsey Prelgovisk ’16 spearheaded the Bates effort, as they have throughout the season, earning six All-American awards apiece. Across the grueling four-day competition, which ran from Wednesday, March 16 to Saturday, March 19, Daher finished second in the 200-yard Individual Medley, eighth in the 400 IM, and 15th in the 200-backstroke. Prelgovisk came in 12th in the 200 IM and tenth in the 100-butterfly, where she set a program-record time of 55.65 seconds.
Outside of their individual accomplishments, both Prelgovisk and Daher were involved in several successful Bates relay squads.
The 400-medley relay team of Daher, Prelgovisk, and seniors Melissa Paione and Whitney Paine finished in a Bates-record time of 3:47.73, good for tenth in the nation. A quartet of Daher, Prelgovisk, Logan McGill ’18, and Caroline Depew ’16 earned 11th place in both the 800 and 400 freestyles on the final two days of the competition.
With one year still remaining in her Bates career, Daher has already passed track and field stalwart Keelin Godsey ’06 (number four on The Student’s list of Bates’ best athletes of all time last year) for the most All-American awards ever by a Bates student, at 17. Daher will definitely rewrite plenty of records by the time her tenure at Bates concludes.
Nine women in total competed at Nationals for the Bobcats, a team record. That depth is an encouraging sign that the team is capable of more strong performances on the national stage next year.