Williams Dispatches Springfield in Final Home Dual Meet

Erin Altenburger '11
Erin Altenburger '11

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Williamstown, Mass.-- The Williams College Ephs outclassed their opponents, the Springfield Pride, in a dual meet held this afternoon at Muir-Samuelson Pool. The Ephs would end up winning by a margin of 196-95, and did not drop a single event all day to their opponents, sweeping eleven of them.

Williams would open things off strongly by sweeping the 400 yd medley relay, with the team of first year Stephanie Ngyuen, sophomore Caroline Wilson, and juniors Logan Todhunter and Carolyn Geller finishing in first place.

Todhunter would go on to lead Williams sweeps of the 200 yd IM, winning in a time of 2:10.55, and the 100 yd backstroke, taking first with a time of 1:00.79. Todhunter also anchored the winning 200 yd freestyle relay. Along with teammates Geller, Wilson, and senior Olivia Card-Childers, the relay finished in a time of 1:38.72. A strong Springfield College relay composed of Kellie Pennington, Jaclyn Van Waalwijk, Caroline Kosciusko, and Kaitlin Reilly, would take second place, under 2 seconds back.

Wilson would also win two individual events, taking first in the 200 yd freestyle (1:53.21) and the 100 yd freestyle (52.99). In the 200 Geller would come in second, four seconds back, while first year Julie Okorn would finish an additional 3 seconds behind Geller. In the 100 Kellie Pennington of Springfield came in second with a time of 53.37, while sophomore Bryn Dunbar of Williams would take third in a time of 55.07.

In the 100 yd Breastroke, it was Nguyen from Williams who snatched a narrow victory ahead of the charging Pennington. Nguyen took the victory by under a second, finishing in a time of 1:09.59, while Pennington finished in 1:09.87.

Senior Erin Altenburger of Williams, swimming in her final home dual meet, also had a fantastic afternoon, winning both the 1000 yd freestyle and the 200 yd backstroke. Both events were Williams sweeps, with seniors Jillian Hancock and Ryan McChesney taking second and third respectively in the 1000, and senior Ellen Ramsey and junior Abbie Deal doing the same in the 200.

Sophomore Katherine O'Leary of Williams was also a multiple event winner, taking first place in the 200 yd butterfly (2:08.67) and the 100 yd butterfly (1:00.68). Junior Bonnie Patchen and Sophomore Kelsey Roggensack completed the sweep in the 200 yd butterfly, while Hancock and sophomore Jennifer Turner did the same in the 100.

Some of the closest battles of the meet took place on the diving boards, where both teams, some of the top in New England, went head to head. Williams first year McKenzie Murdoch continued her undefeated streak against Division III competition on the 1m springboard in taking first place. She would also win the 3m springboard event.

In the 1m Jennifer Thompson and Courtney Keefe of Springfield were able to narrowly outpoint the Williams duo of Taylor Stevens and Hannah Wilson for second and third place. The second through fifth place divers were all within 14 points of each other in the final standings. The tables were turned, however, in the 3 m event, as Stevens and Wilson rallied to take second and third behind Murdoch. Both Murdoch and Stevens have already qualified for the NCAA championships in both events.

With the win Williams moves to 7-1 (6-0 vs. DIII competition) while Springfield College falls to 8-3 on the year. Williams will next travel to Middlebury for their final dual meet of the season against the Panthers on January 29th. 

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