Swimmers battle with rival Williams
As many students are just beginning the semester, the Bowdoin Men's and Women's Swim Teams have been hard at work for the past few weeks. Recently, they have traveled to Juno Beach, Florida for their annual training trip and then back again to the cold arctic temperatures of Maine.
Not only have they been sitting on the beaches working on their tans, but they also partook in daily double sessions at the pool. Their extra work paid huge dividends for the swim team, when it faced the Williams Ephs this past Saturday.
The Polar Bears are glad to welcome back many of its members from abroad, including, Robie Anson '04, Brian McGregor '04, and Kiele Mauricio '04. McGregor proved that he hasn't lost his magic, winning both the one-foot and three-foot diving events, with the scores of 229.72 and 200.33 respectively. However, the team must bid farewell to Aimie Tow '04, who will be sorely missed in the butterfly events.
Team distance also pulled through yet again, with senior Alli Hinman scoring first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:50.60. Their hard work in Florida has led to great improvements, as senior Meredith Hoar proved with her personal bests in both the 1000 and 500-yard freestyle events with times of 12:53.11 and 6:31.62.
Other great swims on the women's side of the meet included first-year Nisha Ajmani's personal best in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:32.16. Katie Eshelman came in second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:14.93 and third in the 200 at 2:40.39. Anna Podore '03 placed second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58.66.
On the men's team, Mike Long '05 stepped up again in the spring freestyle events, coming in first in the 50 free in just 21.99. Roger Burleigh '06, who has yet to lose the 200-yard fly in NESCAC competition came in first with a time of 1:57.70, also a season best. Edgar Pabon '06 proved his toughness by swimming only difficult events, yet again, including the 1000-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard butterfly, and the 200 individual medley.
Overall, coach Brad Burnham has been very pleased with all the improvements in technique and likes the attitude of the swim teams as they enter the next few weeks and prepare for their last dual meets.