Middletown, CT-- Traveling to Little Three rival Wesleyan, Women's Swimming and Diving picked up two wins in a tri meet against the host Cardinals and visiting Tufts Jumbos. The Ephs defeated Wesleyan by a score of 167-91, and defeated Tufts 171-91.The two wins are the sixth and seventh for the team, as they remain undefeated at 7-0 on the year. The win over Wesleyan, coupled with their victory over Amherst last weekend, means that Williams retains the Little Three swimming title for the fourth consecutive year.
For the Ephs junior Caroline Wilson had an impressive individual meet, wrapping up wins in the 400 yd IM and 200 yd backstroke, while coming in second in the 1650 yd freestyle. Wilson, the national record holder in the 400, came from behind despite being down in the buterfly leg to finish first with a time of 4:28.95. Teammate Logan Todhunter was close behind in second, finishing in 4:32.15. Williams first year Sarah Thompson completed the sweep by placing third in 4:33.71. In the 200 Wilson would again face off against Thompson, placing first with a time of 2:08.64. Thompson would settle for second with a time of 2:09.66. Thompson would turn the tables, however, in the 1650, as she narrowly outouched Wilson, the national record holder, with a time of 17:10.04. Thompson's performance was one of the most impressive of the afternoon, with Head Coach Steven Kuster describing it as one of a "few stand-out swims" of the meet. Wilson's second place time was 17:10.36. Junior Rebecca Maher completed the Williams sweep with a third place time of 17:54.95.
In addition to her second place finish in the IM, Todhunter would claim an event victory of her own in the 100 yd freestyle, touching first in a time of 53.53. Williams first year Catherine Treesh placed third in the event (55.69). Todhunter would wrap up her afternoon by finishing second in the 200 yd freestyle, an event won by classmate Carolyn Geller (1:55.26). Todhunter finished in 1:55.40. In another close finish Geller (58.39) would finish barely behind Mia Greenwald from Tufts (58.19) in the 100 yd butterfly, capturing second place. Junior Kathryn Ha took third place (59.52).
First year Michaela Kearney earned another individual victory for the Ephs, swimming away from the field in the 50 yd freestyle to finish in 24.78, nearly a second faster then the second placed finisher. Williams junior Bryn Dunbar tied for fourth in the event with a time 25.82. Another strong performance was put in by senior Abbie Deal in the 500 yd freestyle where she finished a close second in the 500 yd freestyle (5:18.02).
Perhaps the most dominant performance of the meet was turned in by the Williams divers, as sophomore McKenzie Murdoch, first year Michelle Higgins, and senior Hannah Wilson combined to sweep both the 1m and 3m competitions. Murdoch won the 1m with a score of 271.05, followed by Higgins (269.40) and Wilson (252.85). The trio followed the same order in the 3m with Murdoch first (306.75), Higgins second (283.35) and Wilson third (272.25). Coach Kuster was quick to praise the contribution that the divers made to the overall victory: "I really thought the divers performed exceptionally well and carried the day for us."
Overall the Ephs have a lot to be proud of given their strong performance despite having swimmers competing in many of their alternate events. The team looks to be developing impressive depth as they head into their final two dual meets of the season, at Springfield on January 21 and home against Middlebury on January 28.