Swim Teams Sweep In Maine

January 14, 2008

The Panther swimming and diving teams each picked up a pair of wins in Maine over the weekend. The women defeated Colby 190-98, while the men earned a 195-73 win. The teams repeated at Bates, with the men picking up a 216-72 win and the women emerging with a 229-70 victory.

At Colby, three different swimmers broke pool records at the school. Junior Catherine Suppan (Burlington, Vt.) accomplished the feat by winning the 50 back in 27.90, while senior Peter Bell (Deerfield, Mass.) won the 50 breaststroke in 27.88 to break the record for the men. Junior Kevin O'Rourke (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) was the third to break a mark, finishing with a time of 1:45.57 in the 200 free.

In the meet at Bates, the women's 200 medley and 200 free relay teams both broke school records. Suppan, senior Pam Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand), and first-year athletes Annie Friedlander (Deephaven, Minn.) and Jessie Ward (Pittsford, N.Y.) won the medley race in 1:51.86. Chatikavanij, rookie Emily McDonald (Glenwood Springs, Colo.), senior Whitney Thomas (Southborough, Mass.) and sophomore Katie Remington (Madison, Wis.) broke the record in the free relay in 1:40.08. The other pool record broken was by sophomore Katie Soja (Sudbury, Mass.), who won the 1,000 free with a time of 10:36.41.

Five different athletes won three events apiece in the win at Bates. Suppan was a victor in the 200 free and 100 fly to go along with the 200 medley relay, while Chatikavanij won the 200 medley and 200 free relays, as well as the 50 free.

Bell won the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, while being a part of the 200 medley relay team, while junior Zach Woods (Monroe, N.Y.) was a victor in the 100 and 200 back, as well as the 200 medley relay. Middlebury's other triple winner was sophomore John Dillon (Wellesley, Mass.), who earned wins in the 100 fly, 200 free and 200 medley relay.