Drake breaks own Bates record in 100-yard backstroke
Katelyn Drake ’10
Emilie Swenson ’08
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Bates first-year swimmer Katelyn Drake broke her own school record in the 100-yard backstroke on Saturday at the NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
Drake (Hudson, Ohio) swam to fifth place in the event with a finals time of 1:00.56, shaving 0.80 seconds off of the mark she set earlier this season. On Friday, Drake neared Denby Johnson’s school record in the 50-yard backstroke with a prelim time of 28.82 seconds, 0.04 seconds shy of the mark.
Junior Emilie Swenson (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and first-year Sara Reingold (Oakland, Calif.) also made strong showings in the 100 back, taking 13th and 17th places, respectively. Swenson also finished 15th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.75.
On Friday at NESCACs, Bates sophomore diver Kelsey Lamdin and Drake both had impressive first days. Lamdin (Brunswick, Maine), a two-time All-American, bested her own NESCAC Championship record in the 1-meter diving event with 445.85 points, ahead of last year’s record score of 423.25. Lamdin finished second in the event to Tufts junior Kendall Swett, who also put on an outstanding performance with 475.20 points in the finals. Bates first-year Annaliese Rudis (North Andover, Mass.) and junior Tasha Rosener (Dillon, Colo.) finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the preliminary round.
Drake (Hudson, Ohio) was the only first-year swimmer to qualify for the championship final in the 50-yard backstroke, with a prelim time of 28.82 seconds. Her finals time of 29.03 put her in eighth place overall in the event. Junior Emilie Swenson (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and first-year Sarah Reingold (Oakland, Calif.) placed 11th and 14th overall, respectively, swimming in the consolation final.
Elsewhere, Bates junior Annie Barton (Holladay, Utah) made the consolation final in the 200-yard individual medley and finished 14th overall with a finals time of 2:15.37.