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Monday, February 13, 2012
Swimmers see big drops in times at Maine Invitational
Posted by: Andy Walter on February 11, 2012
LEWISTON, Maine — A multitude of student-athletes from the Bates swimming and diving teams saw months of training pay off Saturday at a home meet dubbed the Maine Event.
A final tuneup before the NESCAC Championships (Feb. 17-19 at Wesleyan for the women, Feb. 24-26 at Williams for the men), the meet was a “fantastic start to the championship phase of the season for us,” said head coach Peter Casares. “Both the men and women swam great — and the athletes we rested for this meet were simply out of this world. I could not have been happier to see an entire season’s worth of hard work pay off for so many.”
"The men's meet was highlighted by Henry Schwab. His time in all his events were tremendous breakthroughs - and showed off the dedication he put into the season, and the program as a whole," said Casares. For the women, five lady 'Cats swam lifetime bests in every event they competed in on the day: sophomore Mollie Corcoran (Waterbury, Conn.), sophomore Laura Stoff (Bethesda, Md.), sophomore Rachel Pedersen (Far Hills, N.J.), and first-years Katy Donovan (Auburn, N.H.) and Hannah Chory (Weston, Mass.). Senior Amy Johnston (Vassalboro, Maine), sophomore Alexandra Klein (Upper Saddle, N.J.) and first-year Ilana Meyer(Rochester, Minn.) saw significant drops in their best times, and junior Katy Zingale (Sudbury, Mass.) “showed veteran toughness and leadership,” said Casares. “The ladies swam like they were on a mission; it was a great preview of what will come at NESCACs.”