Williamstown, MA — Carrying on the power they had less than 24 hours ago in the meet against Union College, Williams women's swim and dive defeated Springfield College in Samuelson-Muir pool. Even with three weeks of practices under their belts, the Eph women, for an incredible second day in a row, downed their competition, 175-117.
The Ephs started the meet with strong performances in the 400 medley relay. Leading the way for the first place A-Relay was senior Olivia Jackson, taking her 100 backstroke in a quick 58.72. Senior Megan Pierce carried on this momentum, clocking in the fastest breaststroke leg in the heat, at 1:07.09. Juniors Madeline Downs and Emma Waddell brought home the victory in the butterfly and freestyle legs with splits of 59.05 and 53.55, respectively. The B-Relay, C-Relay, and D-Relay, finished not long after, taking second, fourth, and fifth places. Springfield's A-Relay managed to sneak in to the top three spots at third place.
With the team's cheering echoing throughout the natatorium, the Eph women had sophomore Allison McNamara, junior Lauren Jones, and sophomore Kristina Barry compete in 1000 freestyle. The three swimmers ruled the event, claiming the top three spots for Williams. McNamara finished in 10:40.63, with Jones not far behind at 10:49.72. Barry came in a solid third with an 11:06.11.
Not long after the women once again took the top three spots the 100 backstroke. Led by first year Caroline Conforti with a time of 59.08, Williams women's swim left little space for Springfield College on the scoreboard. Coming in second was another first year, Caroline White, at 1:01.33, followed by senior Sofie Pietrantonio at 1:04.90 in third.
Williams women's swimming first years brought their A-game to their home pool, as yet another event was theirs for the taking. In the 50 freestyle, first year Madeline Wessell completed the race first in 24.49, only tenths of a second ahead of sophomore Dana Chung, who finished in 24.83. Also the event was sophomore Bryanna Lee at third with a 25.29 and junior Anna Neufeld at fifth with a 26.02.
All the while, Williams women's dive was triumphant in the diving well. Once again senior diver Ariana Ross finished the 1m round in first place, followed by first year Joyce Tseng at a close second. Junior Molly Harrington completed her 1m dives at fifth place, leaving the rest to Springfield. Later Harrington came in fourth on the 3m board with a score of 186.82, less than a point away from the third place winner from Springfield who had a score of 186.90. Ross was well ahead of the crowd, comfortably claiming first place on the 3m board.
Senior Lauren Jones was quick to get to the wall in the 100 freestyle event in the second half of the meet. Jones finished her 100 freestyle at a time of 53.60. Accompanying her was junior Madeline Downs at second place with a time off 55.72. Sophomore Kristina Barry, who earlier competed in the thousand, and senior Isabella Salmi, who came off her 200 freestyle, took fourth and fifth places at 57.13 and 58.73, respectively.
The Eph women continued to perform exceptionally throughout the day, and closed their home meet by taking all the top spots in the 400 freestyle relay. Finishing first was the Williams C-Relay of sophomores Dana Chung, Erin Kennedy, and Kristina Barry, and first year Veronica Woolf at 3:40.13. Coming in a very close second was the Williams B-relay at 3:40.95, with sophomore Alison McNamara, Junior Madeline Downs, Senior Olivia Jackson, and anchor senior Megan Pierce. The Williams A-Relay, consisting of juniors Delaney Smith and Anna Neufeld, first year Caroline White, and senior Lauren Jones, and the Williams D-Relay of sophomores Bryanna Lee and Franny Dean, junior Emma Sawkins, and senior Isabella Salmi, came in third and fourth with times of 3:4.93 and 3:53.15, respectively.
The Ephs ended their first double-meet weekend on a good note. Eph head coach Steven Kuster noted, "Back to back meets present some good challenges. I thought both our racing and over all approach and energy today were good."
With one home meet down, and only two left, the Eph women took great advantage of their familiar surroundings and exhibited great energy both in the pool and cheering on the pool deck. Kuster commented, "There is a general comfort level at home that you don't have away. Most of the time (like today) that leads to good energy and excitement. It was good to take advantage of that today as we only have two left."
With two victories under their belt, Williams women's swim and dive is ready to work these next two weeks to keep their victory streak going in their next meet versus Division I Boston College on December 3rd at home.