Swim and dive teams remain undefeated on the season

Continuing its undefeated seasons, men’s and women’s swimming and diving swept Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon. The women defeated the Polar Bears by a score of 199-96 while the men won with a score of 179-102.

“I was very happy with the times that everyone was able to put up, ” said men’s co-captain Ben Doob ’02. “We had a good amount of lifetime best times (not rested and unshaven that is), including some people swimming events for the first time ever in college competition, which was promising.”

Saturday’s victory was the women’s 92nd consecutive NCAA Div. III meet win – a streak that began under legendary Eph coach Carl Samuelson in 1988.

Leading the way for the Ephmen were seniors Jeff McBride ’02 and Doob, who each won two events that they normally do not participate in. McBride won both the 50-yard freestyle (22.53) and 200-yard individual medley (1:58.03), while Doob finished first in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.13) and backstroke (1:58.97) events. “The Bowdoin meet was a fun meet because we had a chance to mix up the lineup,” said Doob. “Most people got to swim events that they rarely swim in dual meets.”

Also winning events on the men’s side were two juniors, Todd Gamblin ’03 (1000-yard freestyle – 10:18.26) and Seth Borland ’03 (500-yard freestyle – 4:57.25), along with two first-years, Nick Pepe ’05 (200-yard butterfly – 2:02.57) and Brian Welsh ’05 (200-yard breaststroke – 2:31.37).

On the women’s side, the team’s co-captains each won an event: Phoebe Fisher ’02 (100-yard backstroke – 1:03.99) and Britta Hult ’02 (200-yard butterfly – 2:16.29).

“Despite being tired after a solid month of training, the team found the enthusiasm to pull off some fast swims and another strong victory,” said Hult. “We use motivation generated from within the team and from our coach [Steve Kuster] to race well as we work hard through January so we can swim the fastest at the end of the season.”

A third senior, Cristin Brennan ’02, won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:16.60, while Zibby Stokes ’03 won the 50-yard freestyle after coming in at 25.77. Also contributing points to the team effort were Meredith Olson ’04, who finished first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.29, and Chrissy Milkosky ’04, who won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.06.

Finishing strong and winning an event each were Katie O’Brien ’05, Katie Joyce ’05 and Jessica Yankura ’05. O’Brien won the 100-yard freestyle (56.34), while Joyce finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.37) and Yankura won the 500-yard freestyle (5:21.67).

Williams swept the top three places in both women’s diving events. Diving to first place on the one-meter board was Rachel Gealy ’04 (252.60). Caroline Crocker ’03 finished second (249.45) and Jae Cody ’03 came in third (245.33). Crocker also won the three-meter event (253.69), followed by Sara Gilliam ’04 (235.35) and Cody (219.60).

“The season has been going very well and I am extremely excited for the remainder of it,” said an enthusiastic Doob. “We swim against Middlebury at home this Saturday which everyone has their eyes on, and I feel as though we have established some great momentum to carry us into the NESCAC championships firing on all cylinders.”