We kicked off a very busy weekend doing our best to handle back-to-back meets to start the season. I could tell we definitely need more aerobic work to handle recovering from that kind of racing, but overall couldn't have been happier with the results.
Our men were powered by freshman through seniors. That is a good sign. Nate Ainley, Andrew Briggs, Matt Gagne, and Alex Smachlo (all 2015!) came away with their first collegiate victories over the weekend. Seniors Tom Boniface, Dan Aupi, Nathaniel Depew, and Alex McKeown also all cruised to victories in their strongest events. Junior Travis Jones won both boards - both days - and with scores that were approaching the national cut! In the end the men even capped off the weekend with a new 800 freestyle relay pool record. Very good stuff.
The women used their new level of depth to overpower both Wesleyan and Trinity - and cruise to two comfortable victories. Senior Co-Captain Kara Leasure picked up where she left off last year winning the 200 breast and 500 free (5:20), and sophomore Elle Sergi surged to victories in 50 & 100 free posting a 25.3 and 55.1 respectively. Several victories from both the freshman and sophomores class also gave us great hope for a team that will stay focused for a quite a while. As I reflect I keep coming back to the distance crew and how many options we have in the 200 / 500 / and 1000. That is a great feeling. Finally, our women couldn't have wrapped up the weekend any better than to post the fastest 400 freestyle relay time in the conference. Well done ladies!
We also had a chance to use our brand new starting blocks and celebrate that evening with a dedication ceremony and dinner for all of those were honored in the "Name that Lane" fundraising initiative! Currently we are the first program in the NESCAC with the new block technology - and quite possibly the first DIII program in country!
It was an absolutely phenomenal event and there will surely be an article in the Bates Magazine and on the website - so be on the lookout! Thank you to all!