Hartford, Conn. – The Bates College Bobcats outscored the Trinity College Bantams, 177.5-47.5, in men's swimming and diving action this afternoon at Trinity Natatorium. The Bantams are now 1-1 on the season after a win over the University of Rhode Island on Friday, while Bates moves to 2-0 early in the season.
Bates started strong in the poll and didn't stop. In an exciting race, Trinity senior co-captain Mark Yanagisawa (Woodbridge, Conn.) tied for first with Bates junior Venkatesh Duvvuri (South Orange, N.J.) in the 200-yard IM, as both swimmers clocked in at an identical time of 2:05.18.
Bates won both relay events, and sophomore Alex Smachlo (Rexford, Pa.) led the Bobcats with first place finishes in both the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:29.09) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:05.95). Bates senior co-captain Travis Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.) took first in both the one and three-meter diving events.
In addition to Yanagisawa's performance in the 200-yard IM, Trinity performed well in the 200-yard Butterfly event, as first-year Nick Celestin (Woodbridge, Conn.) took first with a time of 1:55.86, which is a school and pool record. Yanagisawa took second in the event at 2:02.25. Celestin also took second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:08.07), followed by classmate Carl Gibney (Berwyn, Pa.), who placed third in the event for Trinity with a time of 2:10.74.
"Both the men's and women's teams have had two great meets to kick off our first weekend of the season," Head Coach Kristen Noone said after the races. "It isn't going to show in the dual meet scoring, because we are a smaller-sized team, but it has shown in the results. We are off to a great start."
Trinity will take part in the Hamilton Invitational, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.