This past Sunday, Bates Swimming and Diving competed in the WPI Invitational. Per the Bates sports and information office, this was an uniquely formatted event for swimmers, because it was comprised entirely of sprints. “It was a great change of pace to be able to swim 25 yard events and 100 yard relays,” Captain John Dina ‘17 wrote in an email. “Swimming can be so repetitive and everyone appreciated the chance to swim fun new events.”

Teddy Pender ‘18, and Alex Bedard ‘19 took full advantage of the 25 yard sprints, winning the 25 free and back respectively.

In addition for the men’s team, Alexander Ignatov finished second in the 200 free. “(Alex) made an incredible comeback in this meet. His sickness early in the season caused him to miss a big chunk of training which is hard to come back from as a distance swimmer,” wrote Dina.

A number of Bobcats on the women’s team finished first in their respective events. Despite feeling a little under the weather, Captain Emma Jarczyk ‘17 finished first in the 3-meter dive with a score of 478.35, breaking her own team record In addition, Jarczyk finished first in the 1-meter dive scoring 451.20.

A few first years made a big splash on Sunday. Janika Ho ‘20 won both the 50 free and fly, while Monica Sears ‘20 won the 100 and 200 free, and Emily Erad-Stone ‘20 won the 50 back. In addition, Logan McGill ‘18 won the 25 butterfly.

Associate Head Coach, Vanessa Williamson, was especially impressed with Kristy Prelgovisk ’19, “I thought Kristy did well coming back from an injury,” Williamson wrote in an email on Monday morning. Prelgovisk finished first in the 100 breastroke event.

Williamson also singled out Sara Daher ‘17 for a great performance. “Sara looked great in her events,” the coach said. “(She) looks ready for NESCAC competition.”

Overall the no. 25 ranked Bates women finished third in the meet behind no. 35 WPI and No. 50 Roger Williams. Meanwhile, the men finished in second place behind WPI.

The Bates women will compete next at the NESCAC championships on February 10th, and the men will compete in the championships on the 17th. The team seems excited and optimistic about their abilities going into NESCAC’s. “We are in a great place. The team loves NESCAC’s because it is the focus of everything we do from day 1, and being able to perform at our best is a special feeling,” Dina wrote. “The men’s team is excited to watch the girls swim fast, as they always do, setting the tone for what we can expect at our championship meet the following weekend.”