Women’s swimming and diving set for NESCACs this weekend
Katelyn Drake ’10
Kelsey Lamdin ’09
LEWISTON, Maine — The postseason begins this weekend for the Bates College women’s swimming and diving team, who travel to Wesleyan University for the three-day 2008 NESCAC Championships, starting Friday.
Last year’s NESCAC Championships at Williams nicely doubled as the high point of the Bobcats’ season. Katelyn Drake ’10 broke a pair of Bates records her second school record in as many days on Sunday at the NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, highlighting the final day of the meet for the Bobcats.
First she broke her own mark in the 100-yard backstroke with a finals time of 1:00.56, shaving 0.80 seconds off of the mark she set earlier in the season. Then Drake (Hudson, Ohio) broke Christine Page’s previous Bates record of 2:13.57, set in 1994, in the 200 back. Drake broke the mark in the preliminary round with a time of 2:12.25, barely missing the cut for the championship final in the event. In the consolation final, Drake shaved over two more seconds off the record with a blazing time of 2:09.81.
Last year’s NESCACs were also a memorable meet for four-time All-America diver Kelsey Lamdin ’09 (Brunswick, Maine), who bested her own NESCAC Championship and Bates record in the 1-meter diving event with 445.85 points, ahead of her 2006 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, and she captured All-NESCAC honors in the process.