Swimming hosts final meet
This past Saturday, Feb. 4, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in their last regular season meet. Although both the men and women lost to Bowdoin College, several Colby swimmers recorded first-and second -place finishes against the Polar Bears to gain momentum heading into New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) playoffs.
For the men, senior Raymond Rieling and first-year Vincent Galea led the team with victories in the 1000-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle, respectively. Rieling outswam Bowdoin’s Joe Celestin with a final time of 10:32, while Galea edged out Rieling with a time of 49.69. Other top finishers included Mason Roberts ’12 (second place) in the 100-yard (1:02.89) and 200-yard (2:19.82) breaststroke, Jack Mauel ’13 (second place) in the 200-yard butterfly (2:07.13), Stan Abrams ’12 (second place) in both the one and three-meter diving competitions and Ryan Trafton ’12 (second place) in the 100-yard butterfly (54.08). The women’s team turned in an equally impressive performance, with two top finishers and several second- places. Senior Mandy Ferguson dominated the 1000-yard freestyle race and defeated her nearest opponent by 30 seconds with a time of 10:38.57. Junior Rosie Wennberg rounded out the winners’ circle with a time of 1:01.39 in the 100-yard butterfly.
Charlotte Veazie ’12 grabbed second place in the 200-yard individual medley (2:19.85), Jess Blais ’12 earned second place in the 200-yard backstroke (2:17.78) and Sarah Hansen ’12 was the runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle (25.81). Junior Kathryn Lee added two second-place finishes to her tally with strong efforts in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.90) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:16.02).
Although they were unable to pull off wins against Bowdoin, the meet was a special day for the seniors of the class of 2012 as they swam in their last home competition. These veteran swimmers look forward to the NESCAC meet and, along with their teammates, hope to perform well in the last event of the year.