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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
BOBCAT OF THE WEEK!
Bobcats of the Week
January 9, 2011
Travis Jones ’13
Bates men’s swimming and diving team co-captain Travis Jones ’13 picked a great time to conjure up a breakthrough performance.
The Bates men’s swimming and diving team defeated NESCAC rival Middlebury in a dual meet for the first time in at least 20 years on Sunday, scoring a 152-142 head-to-head win marked in part by Jones’ record-setting diving.
Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.) made his first-ever national cut by scoring 312.00 points on six dives in the 3-meter diving competition, breaking the former pool record of 304.80 set by seven-time All-AmericaAndrew Hastings ’02 in 2002. Jones won the 3-meter as well as the 1-meter diving, in which he scored 267.75 points.
First-year Matthew Gagne (Wilmette, Ill.) also had a tremendous day at Tarbell Pool. Gagne won the 200 fly in 1:59.18, as well as the 100 fy in 52.83 and the 200 individual medley in 2:00.79.
The day before, during Saturday’s tri-meet against the University of New England and Norwich University, Jones set personal records in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions, with 270.55 points and 277.90, respectively. His 3-meter PR, of course, was eclipsed the following day as he made the national cut.
Emilie Geissinger ’14
Bates sophomore Emilie Geissinger stood out among several notable performances over the weekend for the Bates women’s swimming and diving team, as the Bobcats hosted hosted a pair of home meets at Tarbell Pool, with the University of New England and Norwich University visiting on Saturday and Middlebury competing on Sunday.
Geissinger (Bismarck, N.D.) had a particularly noteworthy day on Sunday against Middlebury, including a win in the 100-yard freestyle, with a time of 55.55 seconds. She finished second by .14 seconds in the 200 free at 1:58.27 and was the runner-up in the 50 free by .21 seconds, in a time of 25.38. “She is well on her way to a breakthrough season,” Bates head coach Peter Casares commented afterward.
In Bates’ dominating wins over UNE and Norwich on Saturday, Geissinger won the 50 free in 25.54 seconds, and also helped win the 200 free relay, along with seniors Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.), Catherine Sparks (New Canaan, Conn.) and Emily Tato (Chatham, N.J.).
was named NESCAC Swimming & Diving Women’s Performer of the Week on Monday, as announced by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. She is the first Bobcat to receive the award since Katelyn Drake ’10 did on Feb. 9, 2009.