Last week Tom's 1:46.0 victory in the 200 free against Bowdoin, coupled with his 53 in the 100 fly against Colby the following day, led him to "NESCAC Swimmer of the Week" honors! The really great thing about the 100 fly is that Tom rarely swims that event - he specializes in the 100/200 free and 200 IM. Also, with 3 events remaining we had a 2 point lead over Colby when Tom stepped up. He dove in and led his fellow teammates to a 1-2-3 sweep that secured the victory for us. It was a tremendous moment in the meet - and as the head coach, I couldn't have asked for more from my captain.
This semester has been very good so far. In my five years at Bates we experienced 2 NESCAC Swimmers of the Week awards prior to this January... and now we have received that honor our past two weekends. Simply put, these are a big deal for us. Being honored in the best swimming conference in the country is something we take seriously. For years the team has seen me post NESCAC Swimmer of the Week honors won by other programs - always with extraordinarily talented individuals and times. It is great to see Bates on the bulletin board now, and they are now believing we are part of that elite group.
As for the a bit of a recap on last weekend's meets... well both teams took down Colby last weekend which always feels good. Our meet against Bowdoin looks lopsided with them winning handily, but to be honest I am very happy with how we performed. It was our second week of school and a Friday night dual meet after a full day of classes. Following their training trip you could tell Bowdoin's focus was pinpoint by the time we arrived. We had over 70 in-season bests in a losing cause... unfortunately, Bowdoin was just that amazing. Of course we will be gunning for them at conferences - and we clearly have our work cut out for us if we are going to catch them - but I like where we are after a meet in the middle of January, and I like the trajectory we are heading in!