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Men's swimming defeats Bates

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's swimming and diving team won for the fourth time in a row and beat Bates College for the first time since 2009 with a convincing 173-127 victory Saturday.

The Mules (4-1 overall) started the win streak over Brandeis University and now has won NESCAC dual meets against Middlebury College, Hamilton College, and Bates.
 
"Both the men's and women's teams swam with incredible passion, determination, and effort. There were many season-bests throughout the meet in races and on the boards for both teams," Colby head coach Tom Burton said. "It was both team's best performance this season and really highlight both our strengths and depth. It will be exciting to build off this meet as we prepare for the NESCAC meet over the next month."  
 
John Connors continues to pile up victories in his first year at Colby. Connors won the 50 freestyle (22.21), 100 freestyle (47.52), and 200 freestyle (1:45.38). Connors also helped the 200 freestyle relay team of Jacob Gray, Xander Geiersbach, and Jacob Tower to a victory in 1:27.60.
 
Colby diver Travers Losert, Ryan Bedell, and Geiersbach each had two victories. Losert won the 3-meter diving  with 235.75 points and took the 1-meter board with 256.55 points. 
 
Bedell once again dominated the distance freestyle races with wins in the 500 (4:47.76) and 1,000 (9:50.49). Geiersbach captured the 100 backstroke in 53.27 and the 200 backstroke with a 1:55.76 time.
 
The Mules had one victory apiece from Max Babej in the 200 breaststroke (2:11.71) and Carter Garfield with a 1:58.82 in the 200 individual medley. 
 
Colby started the day when Geiersbach, Garfield, Matt Jones, and Tower won the 200 medley relay in 1:37.43. Tower, swimming the anchor leg, used his long reach to edge Bates (1:37.57).
 
The Mules received runner-up performances from Garfield in the 100 breaststroke (59.68), Darrel Choi in the 200 butterfly (1:58.31), and Wyatt Fritz with a 1:48.61 in the 200 freestyle.