Bobcat Swim Camp at Bates College
Current and Past Camp Coaches
Peter Casares | Head Swimming & Diving Coach | Bates College
Peter Casares joined Bates as the head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach and aquatics director in 2007. He is well respected in the swimming world, both as an accomplished Division III All-American swimmer and as a passionate coach and tireless recruiter. Peter’s expertise and love for the sport have brought enthusiasm and national visibility to the Bates program.
In 2018, the men's and women's swim teams both made program history on the final day of the NCAA Division III Championships, with the best national finish ever for the men's team and a program-record sixth-place finish in the women's 400-yard freestyle relay.
The Bates men finished the meet with 48 points to claim 14th place out of 53 scoring teams, the best national finish in men's team history. The Bates women scored 76 points to finish 12th out of 51 teams, the Bobcat women's third straight top-13 finish and fifth straight top-17 finish.
The 2014-15 season saw the women's and men's teams break program records that still stand today. The women's swimming and diving team secured second place at the 2015 NESCAC Swimming and Diving Championships at Wesleyan University, the highest finish for the Bobcats in the 15-year history of the meet. This was the first time in team history that all 24 women scored at the meet. The men's swimming and diving team took fifth place, notching the highest finish in program history at the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championship at Middlebury College.
At the NCAA Championships in Texas, the eight-athlete Bates women's team finished the meet with 91 points to place 11th out of 46 scoring teams, between 10th-place Gustavus Adolphus (99.5) and 12th-place Wheaton (Ill.) College (84). The four members of the Bates men's team scored 16 points to finish in 37th place among 54 teams.
On Sept. 19, 2014, Coach Casares was inducted into the Hall of Honor at his alma mater, Gettysburg College.
Prior to coming to Bates, Peter was the North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and he holds the distinction of being one of only three coaches in NCAA history to win a national championship for both men and women in the same year. During his career at Bates the team size has more than doubled, over 60 varsity records have been broken, and each team has experienced a steady climb up the conference ladder. The 2011-12 season turned out to be a banner year with over 20 varsity records broken, the women claiming the CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) title, and the highest finishes at the conference meet in nearly a decade. At the same time, both the men’s and women’s teams experienced their highest overall grade point average, and has earned Academic All-American team status for the last nine consecutive semesters.