February 18, 2013

Bowdoin Women's Swimming Smashes Records at NESCAC Championship

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's swimming and diving team set several school records and posted numerous season-best times in hosting the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship at Greason Pool this weekend.

Senior Katherine Foley posted the best individual results of the weekend for the Polar Bears, setting three new school records and earned a pair of top finishes. She finished second overall in the 1000 yard freestyle (10:21.04), breaking her own record of 10:33 set earlier this season. Additionally, she shattered the school record in the 1650 freestyle (17:25.69), finishing fourth in the race and breaking the mark that stood since 1995 (Muffy Merrick). She also broke her own school record in the 500 freestyle (5:01.27) that she established last year.

First-year Mariah Reading also set a new school record in the 50 butterfly, posting a time of 26.50 to edge the mark set by teammate Kelsey Goodwin last year.

As happens frequently at the NESCAC's annual meet, Bowdoin established four new school records in the relay events. The most impressive time was likely the 7:39.65 standard in the 800 free relay set by Lela Garner, Bridget Killian, Sarah Hirschfeld and Foley that broke last year's mark by 10 seconds.

Bowdoin also set new program marks in the 200 medley relay (1:48.79 by Teri Faller, Helen Newton, Reading and Kaley Kokomoor), the 200 free relay (1:37.62 by Garner, Patty Boyer, Faller and Kokomoor) and 400 free relay (3:31.56 by Kokomoor, Killian, Garner and Foley).

In NESCAC awards handed out on Tuesday, Foley (400 free relay, 800 free relay, 1000 freestyle), Garner (400 free relay, 800 free relay), Hirschfeld (800 free relay), Killian (400 free relay, 800 free relay) and Kokomoor (400 free relay) were honored as All-New England Small College Athletic Conference honorees.