After an eight-week hiatus from competition, the Bowdoin men's and women's swim and dive teams returned to action in a tri-meet at Wesleyan last Saturday.
The women, undefeated so far this season, swept the competition by defeating both Wesleyan 164-132 and Trinity 225-72.
The men's team split the meet with a victory over Trinity 194-85 and a loss to Wesleyan 80-212.
For the women, first year sprint sensation Allison Palmer outpaced her competition to the finish in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. Megan Sullivan '11 placed first in the 100-yard butterfly, while Jessica Horstskotte '08 was victorious in the 1000-yard freestyle. In the last race of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Palmer, Sullivan, Carrie Roble '08, and Jessie Small '11 swam to a first-place finish.
In the diving competition, Ginger Leone '11 placed first and second on the one and three-meter boards, respectively.
Ian Wandner '09 and Sean Morris '10 performed well for the men in the butterfly events, with Wandner placing second in the 200-yard competition and Morris placing first in the 100-yard event. Senior Ben Rachlin also finished second in the 100-yard backstroke to round out the men's top finishers.
Head Coach Brad Burnham was impressed with a number of swims but noted that Leone's performance in the diving events was particularly memorable.
"It was by far the performance of the week. Her progress throughout the season has been nothing short of amazing," he said.
Burnham noted a palpable level of team unity at Saturday's meet after several weeks of winter training at Bowdoin and in Barbados.
"The winter training trip gives everyone a chance to come together as a team and that is exactly what happened," Burnham said. "A team walked into Wesleyan pool this Saturday and swam very, very well for this time of year."
The Polar Bears will return to action this weekend for the last dual meet of the season against Colby.
"We are really looking forward to the meet this weekend against Colby," said Burnham. "The two teams have great respect for each other and that makes for some fantastic efforts in the pool."