New London, CT.—Coming off an impressive win over Division I foe Boston College in their previous outing, the women's swimming and diving team was determined to start off their conference dual meet schedule with a win over host Connecticut College. The Ephs proved their mettle once again, outscoring the Camels 223-107 in the eventual victory.
Sophomore standout Caroline Wilson helped lead by example, winning three events, the 50 and 100 breaststroke as well as the 100 freestyle. In the 50 she finished in a time of 32.24, narrowly outouching classmates Rebecca Maher and Liz Visconti, who had times of 32.64 and 32.69 respectively.
Junior Logan Todhunter also had an impressive meet, winning the 50 backstroke and 200 freestyle while also anchoring the victorious 200 freestyle relay. In the 200 freestyle Todhunter was the first swimmer in the Williams sweep, as sophomores Kate O'Leary, Maher, and Bryn Dunbar took second through fourth place.
The sophomore class as a whole same extremely well, as member KC Ha blazed her way to the front of yet another Williams sweep in the 500 freestyle along with senior Jillian Hancock and junior Abbie Deal. Ha would also win the 200 Individual Medley in a time of 2:13.24.
Another multiple event winner for the Ephs was senior Erin Altenburger, who won the 200 backstroke and 1000 freestyle with times of 2:10.80 and 10:41.34 respectively. Altenburger, along with classmate Olivia Card-Childers, were the final two members of the victorious 200 freestyle relay team, along with Todhunter and Wilson.
For the divers first year McKenzie Murdoch had another impressive performance on both the 1m and 3m springboards. Murdoch, who is undefeated against Divison III opponents this year, led a Williams sweep of the 1m, along with senior Taylor Stevens and first year Meghan Rowe. Murdoch would also win the 3m competition.
Other event winners for the Ephs included junior Bonnie Patchen, who touched out her opponent in the 200 butterfly by three hundredths of a second, finishing in 2:08.13, and classmate Anna Szymanski, who won the 50 freestyle. Sophomore Maher won the 200 breaststroke by an impressive four second margin.
The Ephs made another strong statement to conference and regional foes alike with the manner of their victory. The team is poised to leave for their annual Florida training trip over winter break before returning to face archrival Amherst in their home opener on January 8th. Noted head coach Steve Kuster, "I like where we're at right now both physically and mentally, I'm looking forward to having a productive training trip and then coming back to swim Amherst, which is always an important meet for swimmers and fans alike."