Date Posted:11/21/2003,  4:00PM

2003-04 Swimming and Diving Preview

With a veteran women's squad and a young men's squad, the Bowdoin swimming and diving teams will dive into action this weekend to begin the 2003-04 campaign. Head Coach Brad Burnham enters the season with a pool full of potential, as the Polar Bears will look to make some waves in the NESCAC.

On the men's side, senior Mike Long (Millis, Mass.) was Bowdoin's top performer in the sprint events last year, placing second in the NESCAC in the 50-free and fourth in the 100 IM. Classmate Brian McGregor (Milton, Mass.) will be one of the league's top returning divers after placing fifth in the 1-meter competition at the NESCAC Championships. Junior utility swimmer Bill Alto (Sidney, Maine) and backstroker Ryan Boutin (Assonet) will look to improve their times from last season as well. Sophomore Roger Burleigh (Lakewood, Colo.) had a strong first season as a Polar Bear, earning a third-place finish at NESCAC's in the 100 butterfly and placing high in the 200 fly as well. Burnham will also be looking for improved seasons from sophomore freestylers Ian Kyle (Weedsport, N.Y.), Jason Lewis (Newton Centre, Mass.), Edgar Pabon (New York, N.Y.) and Carter Thomas (Delmar, N.Y.). First-years Max Goldstein (Santa Monica, Calif.), Nate Hyde (Yarmouth, Maine), Dennis Lim (Bethesda, Md.) and Mike Sighinolfi (Brewer, Maine) will be counted on for immediate contributions.

Numbers won't be a problem for the women's squad, as the Polar Bears have a huge junior and sophomore class to lead them into action this year. One of the names to look for is junior Nicole Goyette (Stockton, Calif.), who had a stellar sophomore year that resulted in a third-place finish at the NESCAC Meet in the 100 IM. Bowdoin should be strong in the IM this season, as sophomore Michelle Filteau (Haverhill, Mass.) came within a whisker of qualifying for the Championship Final in the even at NESCAC's, while Erin Turban (Chicago, Ill.) had several strong showings in 2002-03. Victoria Tudor (Chicago, Ill.) will be the top returning diver in the NESCAC this year after the sophomore placed third in the one-meter event at the NESCAC Championship. Seniors Alex de Rubira (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Lynn Furick (Alpharetta, Ga.), Aimee Tow (Melrose, Mass.) and captain Kiele Mauricio (Baldwin, N.Y.) will be counted on for depth and leadership as Bowdoin will have 17 first-years and sophomores on this year's team.

The Polar Bears will host MIT and Babson to begin the year, and will play host to national power Williams on Jan. 17. The men will be at home for the NESCAC Championships on Feb. 27-29, while the women will travel to Wesleyan for the NESCAC's that same weekend.