Winter 1996-97 
Bates College  SportsSummary

All Americans: Six athletes took home All-American honors in the winter.... The junior tandem of Justin Freeman (Franklin, N.H.) and David Chamberlain (Wilton, Maine) finished third and sixth, respectively, in the men's 10-kilometer classical race to take home nordic skiing honors. Chamberlain also finished sixth in the 20-kilometer freestyle race to earn a second All-America honor at the same meet. The Bobcats finished an all-time best 10th at the NCAAs.... Senior 35-pound weight throwers Paul Kolter (Hartford, Conn.) and Spencer Potter (Waitsfield, Vt.) led the Bobcats to a 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Kolter finished second at the NCAA men's indoor track championships by throwing over 56 feet, while Potter had a personal best over 55 feet for a fourth place.... Senior center Sarah Bonkovsky (Harvard, Mass.) became Bates' second women's basketball Kodak All-American, earning honorable mention for her stellar season, in which she was also named NESCAC Co-Player of the Year and a regional Academic All-American for the second straight year.... Sophomore diver David Burke (Andover, Mass.) became the first diver and second male in Bates' swimming and diving history to take All-America honors, finishing 15th in both the one- and three-meter diving events.

All-New England: Sophomore Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) earned the New England Championship and a trip the the NCAAs in the 1500-meter run for the women's indoor track team, while the men boasted eight athletes in the top six in their events: Kolter and sophomore Billy McEvila (Hartford, Conn.) took third and sixth, respectively in the 35-pound weight throw, first-year runner Matt Twiest (Albuquerque, N.M.) finished second in the 1000-meter run, senior Alec MacLachlan (Newburyport, Mass.) took fourth in the 600-meter dash, senior Steve Beardsley (Medford, Mass.) was fifth in the 800-meter run, senior Chris LeBlanc (Peacedale, R.I.) in the pentathlon, sophomore Peter Beeson (Novelty, Ohio) in the pole vault and first-year runner Mike Danahy (South Windsor, Conn.) in the 3000-meter run each took sixth place.... Six swimmers earned All-New England honors this year. For the women, the 4-by-400 medley relay team of took eighth, while sophomores Damon Bowe (Houma, La.) and Burke were multiple honorees, Bowe in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard butterfly, and Burke in 1- and 3-meter diving. Both qualified for the NCAA Championships..... Freeman, Chamberlain and senior Katie Gould (Williamstown, Mass.) were all named All-East nordic skiers.... Bonkovsky and sophomore guard Colleen McCrave (Walpole, Mass.) were both named first-team All-NESCAC in women's basketball, while Matt Garvey (Amherst, Mass.), was named second team for the men.

Team Achievements: Paul Gastonguay '89's men's squash team ended the regular season with a 18-4 record, the most wins in a season for a squash team, while John Illig's women's squash team finished 12th in the nation at 17-9, their best season ever.... Jim Murphy '69 followed up his women's soccer NCAA performance with a record smashing season in women's basketball, finishing the regular season with a 20-4 record and the school's first ever NCAA berth in basketball as a reward for the most wins in school history..... Al Fereshetian's men's indoor track team and Dana Mulholland's men's swim teams each won CBB titles, with the swim team picking up wins against Bowdoin and Colby in the same season for the first time on the way to a 6-4 record.

Records: Bonkovsky and Garvey have both topped the scoring lists in basketball. Garvey ends his career with 1921 points, while Bonkovsky has 1388 points. Garvey also set school records for points in a season (522) and a game (48 against Hamilton) and free throws in a game (21 of 24 against Hamilton) and free throws with-out a miss (15-15 versus Norwich). Bonkovsky is also the all-time leading women's rebounder (816), while she and sophomore Amy Taylor (Orono, Maine) have each entered the record books with five 3-pointers in a game (Taylor vs. New England College and Bonkovsky vs. Norwich). Garvey was joined by senior forward Mike Marsh (Manchester, Conn.) in the 1,000-point club. His 1,148 career points are 12th most in school history.... Burke has established 1-meter diving record on three occasions, most recently against Bowdoin in clinching the CBB title and an NCAA championships berth. He also set a Tarbell pool record at that meet, among many other swimming reocrds....Myrick's NCAA-qualifying time in the 1,500-meter run was also a school record.... Seniors Katie McQuilkin (Cambridge, Mass.) and Jen Gollan (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) ended their careers one and two on Bates' all-time women's squash wins list with 52 and 38 wins respectively.

Coaches: Kolter and Potter were the 13th and 14th All-Americans in throwing coach Joe Woodhead's 11 years at Bates.... Nordic skiing coach Becky Woods '89 was named Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association (EISA)Nordic Coach of the Year for the second time in three years at the helm. At the EISA Championships, her father Bob Flynn received the EISA Service award for service to the organization.

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