Schenectady, NY — In a strong performance, Williams women's swim and dive defeated Union College, 206-88, at the Larson Lifestyle Center pool in Schenectady, New York. The Ephs phenomenal performance has marked a high starting point in their season and Williams looks forward to carrying the momentum on throughout the rest of the year.
The Williams women began to prove their power from the very beginning of the meet in the 200 medley relay. Bringing home the win was the Williams A-Relay, followed in second place by the B-Relay, third place by the C-Relay, and a fifth place by the D-relay. At the very sound of the beep, Emma Waddell '18 started the relay with a 28.21 in her 50 back, second to only Madeline Wessell '20 of the Williams B-Relay. Following Waddell was a quick 50 breaststroke done by Olivia Clark '17 in 31.75. Megan Pierce '17 and Lauren Jones '17 completed the final butterfly and freestyle legs of the race, with times of 26.25 and 24.47 respectively, to win in 1:50.68.
This relay power carried on throughout the meet to the very last event, the 200 free relay. Once again, the Williams A-Relay dominated the event from the start. A team consisting of Bryanna Lee '19, Delaney Smith '18, Madeline Downs '18, and Emma Waddell '18, led the Ephs to another victory in a time of 1:40.29. Not far behind was the B-Relay with a time of 1:40.44. The C-Relay and D-Relays pulled through, getting fourth and fifth places and leaving little space for Union on the scoreboard.
The relays were certainly a strong point for the Eph women, but the Ephs shone just as bright in the individual events. In the 400 IM, first year Veronica Wolff '20 pulled out an incredible performance, and after a small scare coming from Union in the first 50 of the breaststroke leg, she brought Williams yet another victory in the event with a final time of 4:34.71. Also in the event were Jones, Madeline Deardorff '20, Franny Dean '19, and Dana Chung '19 who finished third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. Wolff had also brought Williams a win in the 1000 freestyle earlier in the day, with a time of 10:45:02, followed by a third place finish by sophomore Victoria Chentsova '19 at 11:29.04.
Returning for her fourth and final year is Olivia Jackson, who led the way in the 100 backstroke at 57.77. Jackson started her race at an outstanding pace, and managed to stay ahead of the crowd for the entire event. Also swimming the 100 back were Jones, Wessel, and Nora Lee '17.
Also returning for her final year is senior Olivia Clark, who swam the 200 breaststroke with sophomore Alison McNamara. The lEphs snagged the top two spots with times of 2:29.27 and 2:31.64 respectively.
In the diving well senior Ariana Ross along with junior Molly Harrington , and first year Joyce Tseng, had outstanding performances. At her first meet of her college career, Tseng managed to take second place on the 1m diving board, only behind Williams' own Ross. Ross also swept first place on the 3m board, followed by a second place victory by Harrington.
The Eph women started their double meet weekend on a strong note, yet they are still ready to work hard and achieve higher honors. Head Coach Steven Kuster commented, "We had a solid first meet today. It was good to get some sense of where people were at [at] the moment and how the first years would respond to their first meet. I'm also looking forward to seeing people in different races at tomorrow's meet."
The excitement carries on into tomorrow, with a meet against Springfield College at 12:00pm at Williams' Samuelson-Muir Pool.