February 16, 2014

Women's Swimming and Diving Shatters School Records at NESCAC Championship

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's swimming and diving team set eight school records and took a solid sixth-place finish at the 2014 NESCAC Championship this weekend at Williams.

The Polar Bears finished with 813.5 points, comfortably ahead of seventh-place Tufts (747.5). Williams claimed the title with 2007 points, well ahead of the field that included closet pursuer Amherst (1216.5).

Helen Newton, Holly Rudel and Christine Anderson boasted the top finishes for the Polar Bears over the weekend. Newton took 4th in 50 breaststroke (30.05) and 6th in 100 breaststroke (1:05.55). Rudel was 5th in 50 backstroke (26.98) and 4th in 100 backstroke (57.55).  Anderson took 6th in both the one-meter dive (392.30) and the three-meter dive (421.00)

Bowdoin's 400 medley relay team (Rudel, Newton, Katie Kronick, Sophia Walker) earned the best team finish of the event for the Polar Bears, collecting 4th in 3:55.35.

As per usual at the conference meet, the Polar Bears set numerous school records. A complete list is below:
50 Backstroke - Holly Rudel - :26.98
50 Breaststroke - Hellen Newton - :30.08
400 Medley Relay - Rudel, Newton, Kronick, Walker - 3:55.13
100 Backstroke - Holly Rudel - :57.55
100 Breaststroke - Helen Newton - 1:05.55
200 Medley Relay - Rudel, Newton, Reading, Walker - 1:47.46
200 Breaststroke - Helen Newton - 2:26.05
400 Freestyle Relay - Garner, Freshnock, Houlihan, Walker - 3:33.59

Bowdoin will play host to the 2014 NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championship beginning on Friday at Greason Pool.