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Sunday, February 20, 2011


On the bus right now, but wanted to update our 6 followers!

Women land in 5th overall - first time since 2003.  To think we were 10th just two years ago.

Scored 917.5 points.  Well ahead of 6th (Hamilton) and enough behind Conn for them to remain comfortable.  A big number, no doubt! (in 2003 Bates scored 927 for our highest point total I believe).

We started off the evening with a great showing in the 1650.  Abigail Hanson continued her streak of lifetime bests dropping five seconds off her mile time to get 19th place.  Kara Leasure landed in 13th and Tara Dugan set the COLLEGE RECORD with a time of 17.41.2.

In the 200 back both Carole Lupi and Emily Depew drop time and move up.  Emily wins the consols with a time of 2:08.9 - a tremendous time for a freshman that started out at 2:22 when the season began!

The 100 free saw Emilie Giessinger, Elle Sergi, and Charlotte Green score in each heat for us.  Elle's 53.5 blows away her LTB, and Charlottes 51.88 from the morning ranks her 23rd in the country... only about .2 away from 15th and a sure invite to NCAAs!

The 200 Breast saw three more lady 'Cats place with Catherine Sparks moving up 4 spots, Amanda Moore placing in the consols, and Kara Leasure turning in an ALL-NESCAC performance and 2nd place finish in  championship final. Her time of 2:22.25 set the COLLEGE RECORD! and is currently ranked 19th in the country.  A definite possible invite to Nashville at this late stage.  We are going to keep our fingers crossed.

In the 200 fly both Tara Dugan and Katy Zingale moved up, with Zingale going 2:11 again and dropping another .2 off her impressive morning swim.  Katy had a fantastic meet dropping tons of time off her in-season bests and showing the rest of the conference just how hard she worked this year.

The final event of the night was a great one. The 400 Freestyle Relay at NESCACs is always loud and full of fast swims.  Our B kicked it off right with a 3:41 (over 7 seconds faster than last year!).  Freshman Lyndsay Wallace showed us again what a great attitude coupled with hard work can do with her 3rd 100 free of the day being her best (56.1), then Carly Hinkle popped off her best swim of the weekend going 54.8, followed by Catherine Sparks' .7 drop in her split (56.1), and anchoring was the consistently fast and dependable Katy Zingale going 54.0!

The A jumped in and gave Williams, Amherst, and Conn the run of their life.  Elle Sergi continued to drop time leading off in a 53.1!  Geissinger swam over 1 second faster than her individual time splitting 53.3. Our miler/breaststroker Kara Leasure went 54.3, and Charlotte anchored the race in a 51.4 - taking over 1.5 seconds off the SCHOOL RECORD!

24 women competed in 22 different swimming events this weekend.  Your very own Bobcats broke 13 of those 22 college records! (Many of them 2 times)  All in all we celebrated nearly 70 lifetime bests... 17 new varsity record swims... 32 night swims... 5 new relay records!... 3 B-cuts (100 free, 200 breast, 400 free relay)... 2 great seniors .... and 1 amazing year.

Signing off for the weekend....

It's a great day to be a Bobcat!

In Bates,


Courtesy of Drake Daddy


Mark said...


Anonymous said...

Way to go ladies!!!!

DrakeDaddy said...

"FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK!....WE SALOOOOT YOU!" ... and you Lady 'Cats ROCKED the NESCAC this weekend!

CONGRATS to ALL OF THE WOMEN'S TEAM for IT IS SO EVIDENT it is a TEAM EFFORT!!! GREAT JOB, WAY TO KICK BUTT and take names later Ladies! Too many awesome individual efforts to type out but an amazing FIFTH place finish speaks of the Team and "FAMILY" Bobcat Nation possesses!

Again CONGRATS on a great season Bobcats and Coach Pete! "Let the Gooood Timmmmes Rollllll!"

I am hoping the uber-cool deck shirts had SOMETHING to do with it, maybe .000002 of a second here and there!

A loyal BC Follower,

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Anonymous said...

What an impressive weekend! So many fast fast fast swims! SO Awesome! SO Exciting!!

Anonymous said...

very impressive weekend. great swimming, great coaching, great student athletes.

Kathy and Paul Seaton said...

To the Bates' Girls...Congratulations! We enjoyed watching all three evenings on the internet. As the parents of a member of the 2003 team, we appreciate the hard work and talent this team has. May you continue to find success in and out of the pool. You made all Bates' fans proud.

Kelsey said...

Congratulations Lady Cats!! So proud of all of you!! How far you have come! I miss you all!


:-) Kelsey

Anonymous said...

Go CATS Go!!!!!!!!!!!

Pete you are one cool Cat.

DrakeDaddy said...

He's not just a COOL CAT...
He's the TOP CAT!
(Post it coach!)

Anonymous said...

now that's what i call a cat attack.

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Jill Kopicki said...

Great job with the 5th place finish!! What a great meet for the women. SO happy to see so many fast times and broken records!

DrakeDaddy said...

Good Luck this weekend Guys!
Eat'em up!
Yahhhhh Budddddaaaayyyy!!!