|Emma Waddell '18
Swimmer of the Meet
SHENANDOAH, TX -- Williams women's swimming and diving concluded a successful week at the 2017 DIII NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship with an overall score of 445 points and a second place finish. This marks the 29th top five finish by the Eph women and it is the third time under head coach Steve Kuster that they have finished second (2003 & 2012).
Night four was full of team spirit and fast swimming, rounding off the season in a similar manner to which it began.
The evening began with the 1650-yd freestyle, the longest event of the week. The Ephwomen earned two top eight finishes in the event: Megan Pierce '17 concluded her impressive swimming career in fourth at 16:44.32, and Alison McNamara '19 followed in sixth at 16:55.66.
Emma Waddell then represented the Williams women in the 100-yd freestyle, touching for second place at 49.45, a lifetime best.
Olivia Jackson '17 topped off a phenomenal backstroke career in the 200-yd race, earning back her national title with a lifetime best, school, and NESCAC record of 1:55.83. In the 200-yd breaststroke, Caroline White '20 took second at 2:15.08.
The Ephwomen rounded off their week in Texas with the 400-yd freestyle relay. The team of Delaney Smith '18, Lauren Jones '17, Olivia Jackson '17, and Emma Waddell '18 were able to clinch a second place finish with an overall time of 3:23.11.
Emma Waddell was named the Swimmer of the Meet for her stellar performances over the four-day championships.
After an exciting season full of broken records, personal bests, a NESCAC title, and a second place national finish, the Ephwomen will be able to enjoy some well-earned relaxation.