Chestnut Hill, MA-- Women's Swimming and Diving made a clear statement this afternoon in defeating Division I program Boston College (195-105) in a tri meet with Fordham University. While the team would drop a close decision to the Rams (160.5-130.5), they narrowed the margin of defeat by nearly 50 points from last season. Head Coach Steven Kuster was pleased with the way his swimmers performed. "It's great that we were able to go out and beat a tough BC team today…anytime you have the opportunity to beat a Division I program you have to seize it, and I felt we did that today."
The Ephs started the meet off right with a second place finish in the 200 yd Medley relay. The 'A' team of first year Stephanie Nguyen, Sophomore Liz Visconti, and Juniors Logan Todhunter and Carolyn Geller finished in a time of 1:48.76, narrowly being touched out by the Fordham 'A' relay by under half a second. The Williams 'B' team would finish in fourth.
Williams was once again lead by junior standout Todhunter, who won both the 100 yd butterfly and 200 yd butterfly, while finishing as the runner up in the 100 yd freestyle. Sophomores Katherine O'Leary and Kelsey Roggensack would finish third and fifth respectively in the 200, while classmate KC Ha placed second in the 100. O'Leary and first year Alyssa Levine backed up Todhunter and Ha in the 100 fly by capturing fifth and eighth.
Sophomore Caroline Wilson continued her impressive early start to the season by winning both the 1000 and 500 yd freestyle, outclassing the rest of the field by 10 and 8 seconds respectively in the two events. Wilson would also win the 200 yd IM with a time of 2:07.38. O'Leary took third in that event with a time of 2:11.05, while junior Bonnie Patchen placed fifth with a time of 2:13.79. Senior Ellen Ramsey and Roggensack also placed in the top ten.
Patchen would also win the 100 yd breaststroke, and came in second in the 200 yd breaststroke. In the backstroke Nguyen, despite being only a first year, has already staked her claim as a favorite in those events. She would place second in both the 100 and 200 yd backstroke, with Ha taking third in both events as well.
The win over BC was a trademark team effort from the Ephs, summed up in the way in which they came from behind in a thrilling 400 yd freestyle relay to close out the victory in style. Despite losing to the Fordham 'A' team, the Ephs charged hard all the way to the end, with Wilson's desperate comeback bid ultimately falling two seconds short.
The future, though, looks bright for this young and talented Eph squad, which is fortified with a strong backbone of senior leadership. Noted Kuster, "I'm really pleased with the way we're swimming this early in the year. We're focused on improving and getting better everyday in practice, and I'm excited for starting our conference schedule next week." The Ephs will travel next weekend to Connecticut College to start NESCAC action.