Panthers Top Colby & Bates

January 7, 2007

The Panther men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened the second semester with a pair of convincing wins over Colby and Bates. The men defeated Colby 137-99 and Bates 162-73, while the women topped the Mules 147-104, while defeating the Bobcats 160-128.

Several Middlebury men and women won multiple events over the weekend. On the men's side, senior Robert Collier (Catonsville, Md.) won the 400 IM (4:17) and 100 fly (53.15) vs. Colby and the 200 free (1:49.54) and 200 back (1:58.61) vs. Bates. Junior Peter Bell (Deerfield, Mass.) won both the 100 (1:03.95) and 200 (2:24.45) breaststroke against Bates, while winning the 50 breaststroke (27.81) against Colby. First-year racer Schuyler Beeman (Guildford, Conn.) won the 100 back (55.71) and 100 free (49.01) against Bates, while capturing the 50 free (22.20) vs. Colby. Classmate John Dillon (Wellesley, Mass.) won the 50 fly (24.07) against Colby and the 200 fly (1:57.96) against Bates, while sophomore Zach Woods (Monroe, N.Y.) won the 50 (25.04) and 100 (52.84) back against Colby. Middlebury's other dual event winner was sophomore Kevin O'Rourke (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), who won the 200 (1:47.35) and 500 (5:03.18) free events vs. Colby.

First-year racer Yu Wang (Beijing, China) won three events over the weekend to pace the women's team. The rookie won the 100 back (1:00.54) vs. Colby, while capturing both the 200 free (2:00.92) and 200 backstroke (2:12.15) against Bates. Senior Rebecca Reingold (Oakland, Calif.) won the 50 back (28.67) and 50 fly (27.47) against Colby, while junior Sara Cowie (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) won the 200 free (1:58.99) and 500 free (5:10.91) vs. Colby. Junior Pam Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand) won the 100 free (55.50/55.27) against both schools, while junior Katie Chambers (Annapolis, Md.) won the 400 IM (4:44.89) vs. Colby and the 200 breaststroke (2:34.13) against Bates. First-year racer Beth Bacon (Novelty, Ohio) won her first career race against Colby in the 100 fly (1:01.51), while winning the 200 fly (2:14.05) vs. Bates. Also earning her first career win was junior Heather Harken (Garden City, N.Y.), who won the 500 free (5:33.20) against Bates.

The Panther swimming and diving teams returned to action on Sunday as they both picked up wins over Bates. The men were 162-73 winners, while the women picked up a 160-128 win.