The Week That Was in Bates

February 21-February 27, 1996



Skiing Finishes Fifth at Middlebury; Five Skiers Qualify for Nationals

In the 65th Middlebury College Winter Carnival, the Bates ski team had one of its top performances of the season, finishing fifth overall for the second straight week. The Bobcats scored 1022 points, behind New Hampshire (1101) and ahead of Williams (976). The men's team finished third in the Giant Slalom, their best performance of the season. Individually, the Bobcats were led by junior Katie Gould, who finished eighth in the women's 15K with a time of 57:15.9, sophomore David Chamberlain, who finished seventh in the men's 20 K with a time of 47:00.5, senior co-captain Clovis Young, who finished fourth in the men's slalom with a time of 70.75, and junior Sean Clark, who finished sixth in the men's giant slalom with a time of 1:15.25.

Gould, Clark, Chamberlain, sophomore Justin Freeman, and junior Kina Pickett all qualified for the NCAA National Championships held at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana on March 3 through the 9.

Up Next:
3/3-9 NCAA Championships at Montana State University

Swimming and Diving

Women Swimmers Finish Eighth at New Englands; Sander and Johnson Qualify for Nationals

The Bates Swimming and Diving team once again put forth a strong performance, this time at the New England Championships Feb. 23-25. The women finished 8th out of 32 teams, while more than 460 athletes were on hand.

Individual highlights included two NCAA qualifiers. Senior Melissa Sander qualified in both the 100 and 200 butterfly with times of 59.9 and 2:14.18 to finish 2nd and 4th overall respectively, earning All-New England honors in the 100. Sophomore Denby Johnson achieved the standard of excellence in the 100 freestyle, finishing 6th with a time of 54.36.

Sander set a Bates record in the 50 and 200 freestyle with times of 1:58.29 and 25.14. Johnson's NCAA qualifying time of 54.36 in the 100 freestyle was also a school record. Three relay records were set as well.

Sander, Johnson, senior Beth Sawyer, and first-year swimmer Emily Preissler combined to set new records in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays with times of 1:41.62 and 3:41.63, propelling them to 5th and 4th place finishes in the meet. Johnson, Sander, Sawyer, and junior Jen Weiers finished 5th overall in the Medley relay, setting a school record with a time of 1:55.05.

Other people who scored included senior Jane Milkey in the 200 butterfly, junior Dawn Bilodeau in the 50 butterfly, sophomore Maria Barton in the 500 and1650 freestyle and first-year swimmers Wendy Zimmerman 200 individual medley and Joanne Murphy in the 3m diving competition.

Up Next:
3/1-3 Men's New England Division III Championships at Wesleyan

Women's Indoor Track

Women's Track Competes in Open New England's

The women's indoor track team had a solid outing in the Open New Englands at Bowdoin, with several athletes scoring their best times of the season. First-year student Adelia Myrick was the top Bates finisher, placing sixth in the mile run with a time of 5:08.64. Senior Kristen Achenbach finished ninth in the 800 meter with a time of 2:24.89, which was a personal record. First-year student Meghan Lockwood ran the 400 meter in a time of 60.67, missing qualification for nationals by a mere three hundredths of a second. First-year student Lindsey Hescock recorded career bests in the high jump and triple jump with jumps of 5'2" and 31'10" and junior Heather Bumps threw the 20# Weight 41'10" to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships. The 4 x 400 meter relay team also had their best performance of the season, finishing in a time of 4:15.17.

Up Next:
3/2 ECAC Championships at Wheaton

Men's Indoor Track

Strong Showing for Men at B.U.

In a field made up of competitors from all three NCAA Divisions, the men's indoor track team did not score, but had some outstanding personal acheivements. In the 35-pound weight throw, junior Spencer Potter finished 12th with a throw of 51' 7 1/4", just of his season best. Classmate Sammy Martin was 16th with a throw of 47' 5", while sophomore Jon Eden was right behind in 17th with a heave of 47' 4". Sophomore Walter Jackson was ninth in the shot put with a toss of 49' 1".

In the 1000-meter run, senior Steve Beardsley had a personal record 2:32.56, good for ninth overall and just out of the finals. Finally, the distance medley relay team finished 13th, lowering their season best time by 39 seconds to 10:34. The team is comprised of first-year student Chris Terry and seniors Chip Noble, Steve Beardsley and Sean Galipeau.

Up Next:
3/2 ECAC Championships at Wheaton<

Men's Squash

Men's Squash Finishes Third at Yale

In The 1996 Marsh & McLennan/NISRA Team Championship the Bobcats finished third in the eight team field with wins over Army, 6-3, and Fordham, 6-3. Bates' lone loss came to Wesleyan, 5-4, the eventual runner-up to first place finisher, Colby.

The Bobcats were led by sophomores Jamie Reiner and Sandy Weymouth first-year student Eric Sanders, and transfer student Gad Nestle who each won all three of their matches. The team ends the season at 13-11, with a national ranking of 16th, the highest in school history.

In addition to the team's success, Coach George Wigton was inducted into the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association Hall of Fame. Wigton is the only coach in Bates history of the program, which started in 1986. Presented by co-captains Case Newberry and Marc Zuccaro, the induction plaque reads: "...Bates teams are known for their fairness, professionalism and sportsmanship: qualities which George represents. A man of impeccable integrity and perspective, the NISRA salutes one of its most respected coaches."

Up Next:
3/1-3 NISRA Individual Tournament at Trinity (M & W)

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