Men's Swim Team Tops Colby & Bates

January 9, 2005

1/9/05 - The <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Panther men's swimming and diving team started the new year off right as they picked up a pair of wins over Colby and Bates at the Middlebury College Natatorium. The men were 155-127 winners over Colby, and 168-102 victors over Bates.

On the men's side, sophomore Robert Collier (Catonsville, Md.) and first-year racer Peter Bell (Deerfield, Mass.) each won four events over the weekend to pace the team. Collier won the 200 IM in 2:04.67 and the 400 IM in 4:21.46 in the win over Colby. He came back to win the 200 fly in 2:00.73 and the 200 back in 2:04.23 in the Panther's win over Bates. Bell won four different breaststroke events, beginning with the 50 (28.63) and the 100 (1:02.50) against Colby. He finished with a time of 1:02.54 in the 100 against Bates, while coming in at 2:17.99 in the 200 event.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Senior David Hawkins (Arlington, Va.) and junior Robert Hillas (Princeton, N.J.) both won two events to round out Middlebury's leading men. Hawkins won the 50 fly in 23.94 against Colby, while winning the 100 free in 49.47 against Bates. Hillas won both the 500 free (5:00.27) and the 1000 free (10:19.78) in the team's win over Bates.