at Lewiston, Maine
LEWISTON, Maine The Bates College swimming and diving teams avenged a pair of losses from the 2001 season today with a sweep of in-state rival Colby College. The Bobcat women won, 186-108, while the men took a 178-112 decision. Bates will attempt to take the CBB crown Feb. 9 at Bowdoin.
Women: Bates 186, Colby 108
The Bates women won 12 of the 16 events on the afternoon. First-year swimmer Vanessa Williamson (Auburn, Maine) led the way for the Bobcats, winning three individual events. She took the 200-yard butterfly in 2:08.50 in her first event, breaking her own school record and missing the NCAA Division III championship 'A' standard by just 0.01 second. She also qualified for the NCAAs in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.08. Williamson picked up her third win of the day in the 200 individual medley. Among the other multiple-event winners, rookie Kara Seaton (Wayne, Pa.) took both diving events for the fifth time this season. She established another school record in the 3-meter event with a score of 255.60, finally cracking the NCAA qualifying standard. Also winning two events were junior tri-captain Megan Ferrari (Doylestown, Pa.), who took the 100 and 200 breaststroke; senior Megan Simmons (Buffalo, N.Y.) in the 100 and 200 backstroke; and first-year Nicole Sparks (New Canaan, Conn.) in the 100 and 200 free.
Men: Bates 178, Colby 112
The Colby men actually won nine of the 16 events, but the Bobcats' superior depth led them to victory. Senior diver Andrew Hastings (Weston, Mass.) was the only multiple winner for Bates, as he and classmate Nick Holquist (Hamden, Conn.) took the top two spots in both the one- and three-meter boards. The Bobcats' performance in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events also helped lead the charge, as Bates took the top three spots in both. First-year swimmer John Getchell (Cumberland, Maine) won the 200 and placed second in the 100, which was won by classmate Craig Legault (Duxbury, Mass.). Senior Andrew O'Donnell (Leonia, N.J.) placed third in both events. Other Bobcat winners were junior Dave Bear (Winter Park, Fla.) in the 1,000 free, and classmate Adam Bowden (Cumberland, Maine) in the 100 fly.