Bates College Sweeps Maine State Meet Titles

Maine State Meet

  • Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2018
  • Results
  • Men: Bates College 1225; Colby College 968.5; Bowdoin College 624.5; Maine 464; Maine Maritime Academy 67; St. Joseph’s College 52; University of New England 20
  • Women: Bates College 1105.5; Bowdoin College 907; Maine 692; Colby College 497.5; University of New England 153; St. Joseph’s College 44; Maine Maritime Academy 31

Courtesy: Bates College Athletics

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Bates men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both took first place for the fourth time in as many years Saturday at the conclusion of the Maine State Meet, with dominating performances from both squads.

“We had a ton of Maine state champs in many different events. Lots of good tough swims,” said head coach Peter Casares. “They swam fast early in the meet, and found a way to win races when they were tired at the end. It showed off the hard work they’ve put in this semester, and their ability to be gritty when it wasn’t easy.”

Bates’ women’s team scored 1,105.5 points over two days to defeat runner-up Bowdoin (907) by 97.5. Maine took third place with 596, followed by Colby (416.5), the University of New England (153), St. Joseph’s (44) and Maine Maritime (31).

The Bates men’s team scored 1,162 points, well ahead of second-place Colby (887.5). Bowdoin (624.5) was third, followed by Maine (431), Maine Maritime (67), St. Joseph’s (52) and the University of New England (20).

“We still aren’t at our best, so there is more work to be done,” said Casares, “but it was great to see we are well on our way.”

Bates will host Dartmouth College Friday at 6pm at Tarbell Pool, in the first of two home meets for the Bobcats this year.


  • Sophomore Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.) won the 50-yard butterfly (25.97), the 50 backstroke (27.85). She also took second place in the 100 fly (57.67), the 100 back (59.54) and the 100 free (53.70).
  • First-year Caroline Sweeney (New Canaan, Conn.) won the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.80) and the 100 free (53.65).
  • Junior Emmy Daigle (Portland, Ore.) won the 50 breast (31.67) and 100 breast (1:09.25)
  • First-year Maya Reynoso Williams (Somerville, Mass.) won the 500 freestyle in 5:10.18
  • Sophomore Erin Bucki (Eagan, Minn.) took second place in both the 200 free (1:58.14) and the 200 back (2:08.43)
  • First-year Virginia Guanci (Melrose, Mass.) won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:30.36) and was third in the 50 breast (32.20)
  • First-year Isabel Mohammadi-Hall (Saratoga, Calif.) was third in the 200 back (2:09.31).
  • First-year Suzy Ryckman (Riverside, Conn.) was third in the 50 freestyle (25.40).


  • The Bates men’s team led off Saturday’s portion of the meet with a 1-2 sweep in the 200-yard medley relay. First-year Dan Waterland (Chadds Ford, Pa.) led off the winning team, followed by senior Alex Bedard (Amherst, N.H.), senior Matthew Puckace (Madison, Ohio) and senior Rory Collins (Brookfield, Conn.) for a time of 1:36.96. In second place with a time of 1:37.71 was sophomore Samuel Montenegro (Wynnewood, Pa.), junior Matthew Charest (Lewiston, Maine), first-year Andrew Hall (Little Silver, N.J.) and first-year Christopher Draper (Armonk, N.Y.).
  • Bedard won the 50 breaststroke (26.38) as well as the 100 breast (58.11) and 200 breast (2:08.81).
  • Waterland won the 200 backstroke in 1:56.04 and the 100 IM in 54.52. He also came in second in both the 50 backstroke (24.92) and the 100 back (52.75).
  • Hall won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:13.37, took second place in the 100 IM (54.74) and finished third in the 200 breast (2:13.37) and 200 IM (1:58.28).
  • Junior Alexander Ignatov (Trumbull, Conn.) took second place in the 400 IM (4:15.67) and third in the 200 butterfly (2:02.12).
  • First-year Pieter Cory (Dublin, Calif.) placed second in the 200 IM at 1:58.00.
  • Puckace took second place in the 50 freestyle (24.18).
  • Draper was third in the 200 free (1:46.35) and the 100 free (48.41).
  • Charest was second in the 100 breast (1:00.32) and third in the 50 breast (27.80).
  • In diving competition at Bates, first-year Osceola Heard (Newark, N.J.) placed second in 3-meter diving (193.30 points) and third at 1 meter (175.95).

Courtesy: Bowdoin College Athletics

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men’s and women’s swim teams hosted the expanded seven team Maine State Meet on Friday and Saturday.

The women finished second overall, trailing Bates 1105.5-907 but outdistancing Colby by a 907-692 margin. The men finished the meet third overall, falling behind Bates and Colby.

Women’s Meet Highlights

  • The team won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays this weekend. Amanda Banasiak, Marshall Lowery, Sterling Dixon, and Mary Laurita posted a 1:37.17 in the 200 freestyle relay. The same quartet won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:36.17.
  • Senior Sterling Dixon also added victories in the 200 IM (2:06.15), 400 IM (4:30.60), 200 Fly (2:07.47), and 100 IM (1:00.32).
  • In the 400 IM the Polar Bears took the top two spots as Dixon was followed by Claire Wolff (4:43.39) and Nadia Eguchi (4:45.97).
  • Sophomore Laurita was also victorious individually this weekend, posting a 24.41 in the 50 freestyle, just ahead of Banasiak (24.75). She also won the 100 fly (57.57).
  • Junior Lowery topped both the 100 (58.21) and 200 (2:06.90) backstrokes.

Men’s Meet Highlights

  • Friday night first-year Coleman Komishane took down the Bowdoin school record in the 500 freestyle. He touched in 4:37.77, just faster than senior Daniel Williams‘ mark of 4:38.26 set last February. Williams was runner up in 4:40.93.
  • Komishane was also runner up in the 200 free (1:45.75) and 1650 free (16:15.04) this weekend. Williams won the 1650 free with a 16:01.16.
  • Senior captain Karl Sarier was first to the wall in the 100 free (47.22) and 200 IM (1:56.90).
  • Julian Abaldo raced to a 24.03 to claim the 50 fly state title.
  • First-year Ted Mebust won the 50 backstroke with a time of 24.13, and the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.61. He was also first to the wall in the 100 backstroke (52.71), and was just edged in the 200 back, touching second with a time of 1:56.10.
  • Mebust, Komishane, and Sarier teamed up with Abaldo to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:09.02. Drew Macdonald, Mebust, Sarier, and Abaldo were first to the wall in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:27.49.

Up Next

The teams are off for the remainder of the semester and return to the pool with a meet at Bates on January 18.

Courtesy: Maine Athletics

BRUNSWICK, Maine— The Black Bears competed in the Maine State Meet at Bowdoin College, where they competed against the hosting Polar Bears, as well as Bates College, Colby College, Maine Maritime Academy, St. Joseph’s College of Maine and the University of New England.

Both the men and women represented well across the meets, with the women finishing third overall and the men fourth overall in the last meet of the fall semester.

Standouts from the Meet

  • The women’s 200 medley team of Emma Blair, Rita Chen, Sabrina Nuttall and Juliana McDonald won the event (1:49.61) before taking second in the 200 free relay (1:37.98).
  • Diver PhilAnn Dixon earned the top scores in both the 1 meter dive (199.80 points) and 237.40 in the three meter dive.
  • Sabrina Nuttall took second in both the 50 breast (32.06) and 200 breast (2:31.74), while Ines Khiyara took second in the 100 breast (1:09.53).
  • Emma Blair and Caroline Strolic both took second place finishes in the 100 IM (1:00.94) and 50 back (27.88) respectively.
  • The 400 yard mixed relay team took fourth, as a team of Megan McGillivray, Andy Sprague, Temple Kazu and Juliana McDonald combined for a 3:49.59 time.
  • For the men, Nick Gould took third in the 50 fly (24.21) while Andy Sprauge finished in third in the 100 fly at 53.39.
  • Ben Sturgis was also strong from the board, finishing second in the 1 meter dive (182.85 points) and third in the 3 meter dive (188.35).
  • Kevin Kane took fourth in the 200 fly (2:02.82) with Kazu Temple coming in sixth in the 100 IM at 55.93.

What’s Next
The Black Bears return in 2019 to compete against Bowdoin College on January 19 at the Stanley M. Wallace Pool in Orono.

Courtesy: Colby College Athletics

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Travers Losert won both diving events and first-year Darrel Choi was a winner in two butterfly events for the Colby College men’s swimming and diving team at the Maine State Championships on Friday and Saturday.

The Mules finished in second place ahead of both Bowdoin College and University of Maine in the seven team meet.

Losert won the 1-meter board with a score of 225.75 and had 232.30 in taking 3-meter board honors. Meanwhile, Choi took the 100 butterfly (53.10) and the 200 fly (1:57.94).

John Connors, another first-year, won the state title in the 200 freestyle (1:44.77). He also had seconds in the 50 freestyle (21.81) and 100 freestyle (47.75).

Max Babej took runner-up finishes in the 50 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke (2:10.14). Connors, Jake Gray, Carter Garfield, and Xander Geiersbach. were second in the 400 freestyle relay (3:12.54).

Ryan Bedell had thirds in the 500 freestyle (4:46.25), 400 IM in 4:17.22, and 1,650 freestyle (16:51.04. Geiersbach had the same finish in the 50 backstroke (25.26), 100 backstroke (54.55), and 200 backstroke (1:57.09). Garfield also had a third in the 100 IM (55.05). The team of Geiersbach, Babej, Choi, and Connors took third in the 200 medley relay in 1:38.38.

Addie Page won a state title in the 1,650-yard freestyle for the Colby College women’s swimming and diving team at the Maine State Championships on Friday and Saturday.

Page had a time of 17 minutes, 51.66 seconds in the 1,650, took second in the 500 freestyle  (5:12.77), and placed third in both the 200 freestyle (1:58.19) and 200 butterfly (2:14.37).

Alicia Elliott took second place on the 1-meter board (148.15) and was third in 3-meter diving (165.75) for the Mules. Colby teammate Kirsten Johnston took second in 3-meter competition at 187.35 and was third on the 1-meter board at 136.86).

The Mules finished in fourth place out of seven teams.

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