Swimming and diving teams win six events in dual meet at Dartmouth

The Bates swimming and diving teams won six events in a dual meet on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at Dartmouth. (File photo by d3photo.com)

HANOVER, N.H. -- The Bates men's and women's swimming and diving teams were both outscored in their dual meet at Dartmouth College on Saturday, although the Bobcats submitted a plethora of outstanding swims in their first official competition since the Maine State Meet ended Dec. 7. Dartmouth outscored Bates 171-71 in the women's meet, and 157-83 on the men's side.

"There were so many bright spots today," said head coach Peter Casares. "I am not only proud of the team and how they prepared for this meet, but also their desire to race and not back down. Coming off 10 days away on break, it was apparent the vast majority of the team continued to train hard, and prepare for Dartmouth. That's a good sign."

The Bates men's team's top-three event performances included:

  • First-year Nathan Berry (Augusta, Maine) won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.71 seconds and placed second in the 100-yard freestyle (48.19).
  • Sophomore Pieter Cory (Dublin, Calif.) won the 100-freestyle (48.10) and placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:48.57).
  • Sophomore Andrew Hall (Little Silver, N.J.) placed second in the 400 individual medley (4:18.07) and third in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.73).
  • Sophomore Jack Johnson (Brewster, Mass.) finished third in the 1,000 freestyle (10:27.31).
  • Sophomore Chris Draper (Armonk, N.Y.) placed second in the 200 freestyle (1:48.11).
  • First-year Tristan Depew (Santa Barbara, Calif.) placed third in the 200 butterfly (2:00.93).
  • Sophomore Dan Waterland (Chadds Ford, Pa.) took third place in the 200 backstroke (1:57.17).
  • First-year Nate Sommer (Terre Haute, Ind.) placed third in the 500 free (4:54.82).
  • In the team's ultimate highlight of the day, Berry, Sommer, Hall and Cory won the 400 medley relay by 2.49 seconds in a time of 3:30.85.

"Andrew Hall and Jack Johnson both showed just how hard they are working, and how good they can be," Casares commented. "Both swam tremendously today, and reaped the rewards of their hard work over all of December. Their relay splits were awesome. Their improvement in their races was noticeable to all."

The No. 15 nationally ranked Bates women's team's top-three event performances included:

  • First-year Gabby Smart (Clinton, Mont.) won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:36.03, then went on to take first place in the 200 backstroke (2:08.25).
  • Sophomore Maya Reynoso Williams (Somerville, Mass.) won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:53.58, and placed third in the 500 freestyle (5:18.94)
  • Junior Erin Bucki (Eagan, Minn.) placed second in the 200 backstroke (2:10.08).
  • Sophomore Kaley Swintak (Barrington, R.I.) took second place in the 1,000 freestyle in 11:10.63.
  • Sophomore Isabel Mohammadi-Hall (Saratoga, Calif.) took third place in the 200 back (2:10.78).
  • First-year Abigail Gibbons (Westtown, N.Y.) placed third in the 50 freestyle (25.26).
  • Sophomore Virginia Guanci (Melrose, Mass.) placed third in the 200 breaststroke (2:32.23).

"Seeing Kaley Swintak come from behind to grab second place behind her teammate Maya was simply inspiring," said Casares. "Also, Virginia Guanci was on fire today. She continues to see her times drop after nine months of hard work. She continues to prove that dedication like that pays off."

The Bates swimming and diving teams will host NESCAC rival Middlebury in a dual meet next Sunday, Jan. 12 beginning at 11am.