Lamdin sweeps NESCAC Championship diving events
|Kelsey Lamdin ’09 took first-place in both diving events at the NESCAC Championship.|
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Bates College women’s swimming and diving team competed in their final day of the NESCAC Championship today at Bowdoin College. Senior Kelsey Lamdin (Brunswick, Maine) swept the two diving events at the NESCAC Championship. On Friday, Lamdin won the one-meter dive finals and even broke a Bowdoin pool record with her preliminary score of 447.60. Today, Lamdin took first in the 3-meter dive finals with a score of 452.55, well ahead of the competition. Her score adds .30 points to her own previous Bates record in the event, set at NCAAs last year.
Also in diving action, junior Annaliese Rudis (North Andover, Mass.) moved on to the finals to secure seventh-place with a score of 354.05. Rudis placed fifth in the finals of the one-meter dive two days earlier.
In swimming action, the Bobcats were represented in five out of the six final races today. Junior Katelyn Drake (Hudson, Ohio) raced to her second third-place finish in as many days. Drake earned a third-place finish in today’s 200 yard backstroke final with a time of 2:05.08, breaking her own Bates record in the event. Her former mark of 2:07.05 was set at NCAAs last year. She also took third place in yesterday’s 100 yard backstroke final with a time of 57.95 seconds.
Sophomore Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.) placed fifth in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 52.70 seconds. The 100 yard freestyle was Green’s third final race of the weekend. On Friday, Green placed second in the 50 yard freestyle. She followed up her second-place finish with a seventh-place finish in the finals of the 200 yard freestyle on Saturday.
In the longest race of the weekend, the 1650 yard freestyle, Bates first-year Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) raced to an eighth-place finish out of 31 competitors with a time of 18:08.70, less than a second behind the seventh-place finisher. However, Leasure was not finished, she also competed in the finals of the 200 breaststroke later in the afternoon. Leasure earned an eighth-place finish in that event as well, with a time of 2:30.40.
In the final event of the evening, the 400 yard freestyle relay, the Bates relay team of Drake, Green, junior Sarah Reingold (Oakland, Calif.) and first-year Emily Tato (Chatham, N.J.) placed fourth out of 22 teams with an impressive time of 3:34.31 in the event. The time beats the previous Bates record of 3:36.00 achieved by Green, Drake, Emilie Swenson and Annie Barton a year ago.
As a team, Bates finished 10th out of 11 teams at the meet, with 615 points, not far behind eighth-place Bowdoin (669) and ninth-place Wesleyan (659) and well ahead of Trinity (330). The Bates women finish the season with a head-to-head record of 4-10 and a third-place finish out of five teams at the Camel Invitational. Many Bates swimming records were set and shattered throughout the 2008-09 season.
|Katelyn Drake ’10 took third place in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events, as well as sixth in the 200 IM.|
On Friday, Kelsey Lamdin placed first in the one-meter dive finals, with a score of 466.90, establishing a new Bates record and qualifying automatically for the NCAA Championships. The previous Bates record of 451.00 was set by Lamdin a year ago. In the preliminary round for the event, Lamdin broke a Bowdoin pool record for the one-meter dive when she received a high score of 447.60. Also, in the one-meter dive finals, Annaliese Rudis placed fifth with a score of 356.50.
Katelyn Drake raced to sixth-place finish in the 200 yard IM finals on Friday and a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke final on Saturday. Drake is a one-time All-American in the 200 backstroke, an achievement she earned at last season.
Charlotte Green placed second in the 50 freestyle finals on Friday and seventh in the 200 freestyle finals on Saturday. Green posted a new Bates record time of 1:54.23 in her preliminary heat of the event. After her second-place finish in the 50 freestyle on Friday, sophomore Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.) placed seventh in the finals of the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.18 — after posting a new Bates record time of 1:54.23 in her preliminary heat. The previous record of 1:55.61 was set by Denby Johnson in 1998. Abigail Hanson (Sudbury, Mass.) placed 17th out of 36 competitors in the 1000 yard freestyle on Saturday.
The Bates relay team of Drake, Green, Kara Leasure and Emily Tato placed fifth out of 22 teams on Saturday, with an impressive time of 7:48.71, meeting the B-cut for the NCAA Championships. The mark broke the previous Bates record of 7:54.05 in the event, set a year ago by Annie Barton, Drake, Emilie Swenson and Green. On Friday, this same foursome placed 7th in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:00.67, breaking the previous Bates record of 4:03.03 established by Emilie Swenson, Lauren Lemieux, Vanessa Williamson and Nicole Sparks in 2005.
Tato finished 16th in the 500 free finals with a time of 5:12.23, after smashing the Bates record in the event in prelims with a time of 5:09.76. The previous school record of 5:13.06 was set by Denby Johnson in 1998.
Go to http://www.pjmm.net/results/nescacw09/mm-results/index.htm for complete meet results.