Katelyn Drake, Bates College
Katelyn Drake arrived at Bates College in 2006 with far more interest in playing lacrosse than in swimming. Yet upon graduation she ranked among the best swimmers ever to wear a Bates suit — in addition to playing a vital role on Bates' women's lacrosse team and in campus life.
An economics and sociology double major from Hudson, Ohio, Drake was a four-year letter winner on both the women's swimming and diving and lacrosse teams, and a captain for the former. In swimming, she qualified to compete at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships three times, coming away with two All-America honors: one for the 50-yard backstroke in 2008 and one for the 100 backstroke in 2009.
Drake was bestowed the self-explanatory Four-Year Senior High Point Scorer honors at the NESCAC championships this past February. At that meet she won her third NESCAC All-Conference honor, for finishing second in the conference in the 50 backstroke, in a time of 27.56 seconds. By the end of her swimming career at Tarbell Pool, Drake's name appeared seven times in the team's record book.
An active voice on Bates' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Drake was a leader among Bates student-athletes in more ways than one. She was also a three-time Academic All-American, a four time NESCAC All-Academic honoree and an inductee into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society. The title of her thesis in economics is: "Is Obama Right? Competition in the United States Health Insurance Industry." The sociology thesis title is: "Mapping the Evolution of the Media's Perspectives of Christian Fundamentalists from 1969 to 2009."