Williamstown, Mass. -- The anticipated duel between standouts Kendra Stern and Caroline Wilson never materialized, but there was still plenty of action as the Williams College Ephs swam away with a 203-97 victory over the Lord Jeffs of Amherst College.
Williams junior Logan Todhunter, responded to the Stern breaking the 14 year old pool record in the 200 yd freestyle, herself broke the posted pool records in both the 100 and 200 yd butterfly. Todhunter would win those events with times of 55.87, and 2:01.64 respectively, and would also anchor the victorious 400 free relay, which finished in a time of 3:33.09. Teammate Wilson would also leave her mark on the meet, winning the 1000 yd freestyle by over 30 seconds in a time of 10:10.79, and leading a Williams sweep of the 500 yd freestyle with a time of 4:57.64. Wilson would also win the 100 yd breaststroke with a time of 1:06.96.
A hotly contested battle occurred in the 1m and 3m diving events, as senior Meggie Meisinger of Amherst, runner up at last year's NESCAC championship in the 3m and third place in the 1m, tried to stave off the challenge of Williams first year McKenzie Murdoch. The 1m event saw four divers qualify for the NCAA championships, with Murdoch and senior Taylor Stevens from Williams joining Meisinger and teammate Lizzy Linsmayer in posting the top scores. It would be Murdoch, though, who took the victory with a score of 276.53, followed by Meisinger, Stevens, and Linsmayer. A single point separated third (Stevens) from fourth (Linsmayer). In the 3m it would be Stevens who pulled off the upset, with a score of 277.50 good enough for first place. Teamate Murdoch took second, with Linsmayer and Meisinger not far behind.
Overall Williams won 12 of 16 events in the eventual victory. First year Stephanie Nguyen would win both the 100 and 200 yd backstroke, while junior Carolyn Geller would take first in the 50 yd freestyle. Noted head coach Steven Kuster "I was really happy with the way we swam and dove today. Every meet in the NESCAC is a battle, and today was no exception."
With their biggest rivalry meet behind them, swimmers on both teams will now be refocusing on closing out the regular season strong before meeting again in the Middlebury Invite on February 4th-5th, as well as at the NESCAC championships, which will be held at Williams on February 18-20. Williams will next host a tri meet against Tufts and Wesleyan on January 15th.