Williamstown, Mass.-- Women's swimming and diving opened up their conference schedule against the visiting Camels of Connecticut College this afternoon. In the end the Ephs walked away with a well deserved 191-104 victory over their opponents. With the victory Williams improves their undefeated record to 4-0. Conn College drops to 1-3 on the year with the loss.
The Ephs garnered key performances from junior Caroline Wilson and senior Carolyn Geller en route to their team victory. Wilson won both the 1000 yd freestyle (10:18.56), and the 500 yd freestyle (5:02.48). In the 1000 she finished 17 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, Esther Mehesz of Connecticut College, while Williams sophomore Julie Okorn took third. Mehesz took second once again in the 500 yd freestyle, 13 seconds back, while Williams' Abbie Deal took third, a further 2 and a half seconds back.
Senior Carolyn Geller led a Williams sweep in the 100 yd freestyle, finishing ahead of sophomore Stephanie Nguyen and junior Kelsey Roggensack in a time of 53.03. Geller also won the 100 yd backstroke in a time of 1:01.47, just ahead of second placed Rachel Bohn of Conn. The Williams pair of Jennifer Turner and Abbie Deal placed third and fourth respectively. Bohn would also garner a second place finish in the 200 yd backstroke, an event that was handily won by Williams' Sarah Thompson with a time of 2:08.16, nearly 8 seconds ahead of the field. Williams sophomore Julie Okorn placed third in the event.
For the Camels Katie Karlson was the star of the meet, winning both breaststroke events. She placed first in the 200 yd breaststroke with a time of 2:30.74, ahead of Williams first year Molly Prindle and Erika Fernandes from Conn. The Camels took the first two spots in the 100 yd breaststroke, with Karlson winning the event in 1:09.19. She was only 76 hundredths of a second ahead of teammate Nysa Casha, while Williams junior Rebecca Maher placed third.
Williams first year Sarah Thompson continued her impressive rookie campaign with a victory in the 200 yd freestyle (1:54.35). Thompson led a Williams sweep of the first four spots in the event, with Senior Logan Todhunter taking second place ahead of first year Tess Vorselen and sophomore Elizabeth Rounds.
In a fast and furious race in the 50 yd freestyle Julia Pielock of Conn picked up the victory with a time of 24.63, a scarce two tenths of a second ahead of Williams' Todhunter, who finished in a time of 24.84. Williams first year Michaela Kearney was slightly off the winner's pace, finishing with a time of 25.02. Kearney would claim a victory of her own in the 100 yd butterfly, winning the event in a time of 1:00.82. Williams senior Bonnie Patchen came in second, while Conn's Nysa Casha came in third.
Williams' Todhunter finally picked up an event win in the 200 yd Individual Medley. Todhunter turned in a dominant performance en route to finishing in a time of 2:10.87, nearly 8 seconds ahead of her closest competitor, teammate Elizabeth Rounds. Ellie Huelbig of Conn came in third.
The Williams duo of Kathryn Ha and Bonnie Patchen placed first and second respectively in the 200 yd butterfly, Ha outclassing the field with a time of 2:09.52. Ellie Huelbig of Conn came in third.
One the boards the talented Williams trio of McKenzie Murdoch, Michelle Higgins, and Hannah Wilson once again proved why they are considered one of the deepest teams of divers in the conference. Murdoch would win the 1m competition with a score of 269.47, followed by Higgins and Wilson. In the 3m competition it would be Higgins that claimed the victory with a score of 260.25. Murdoch and Wilson would be separated by a scant 15 hundredths of a point as they finished second and third respectively.
The meet marks the final competition for both teams before they head into winter break, and their winter training trips. Both teams will look to come back strong when they return to the pool competitively in January. The Ephs will next travel to take on archrival Amherst on January 7th, while the Camels will swim against Grinnell College on January 10th in Naples, Florida.