Eph Swimmers and Divers Earn Eighth Win

Eph Swimmers and Divers Earn Eighth Win

Springfield, Mass.-- Traveling to their final away meet of the season, Women's Swimming and Diving put on an impressive performance in defeating host Springfield 188-110. With many of their swimmers competing in alternate events, the Ephs were still able to come away with a confident victory, as they pushed their undefeated record to 8-0.


First year Sarah Thompson had an exciting showing in winning two events, the 200 yd freestyle and 200 yd individual medley. Thompson won the 200 yd freestyle with an impressive time of 1:55.39, finishing nearly 5 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Classmate Michaela Kearney came in second in the event with a time of 2:01.11. Thompson also won the 200 yd individual medley by over two seconds with a time of 2:10.03. Senior Logan Todhunter came in second place (2:12.48) while first year Molly Prindle placed third (2:20.82). In the 100 yd breaststroke Todhunter would come in second again, outtouched at the wall for first place by Springfield junior Janella Cuyler. Cuyler snuck in with a time of 1:11.45, just 5 hundredths ahead of Todhunter (1:11.50). Junior Liz Visconti was also in the mix at the front of the heat, finishing third with a time of 1:11.74, while sophomore Alyssa Levine placed fourth (1:13.29).


Junior Caroline Wilson was also a two event winner, taking first in the 100 yd backstroke with a time of 1:00.22, just ahead of first year Tess Vorselen, who finished second in 1:03.31. Wilson also sped to victory in the 100 yd butterfly with a time of 58.46 , ahead of two swimmers from Springfield.


In the 200 yd butterfly junior Kathryn Ha swam away from the rest of the field to finish first with a time of 2:10.19. Classmate Katharine O'Leary and senior Bonnie Patchen would complete the Williams sweep, as they finished in second (2:13.65) and third (2:15.78) respectively. O'Leary would claim an individual victory of her own in the 500 yd freestyle, another Williams sweep. O'Leary would finish the event with a time of 5:17.06, while junior Kelsey Roggensack would place second with a time of 5:25.06. Vorselen would finish third in 5:30.42.


In a blistering heat of the 50 yd freestyle which saw three swimmers go under 25 seconds Springfield's Kellie Pennington would take first (24.31), just ahead of Williams senior Carolyn Geller (24.49) and first year Sarah Thompson (24.88). Junior Bryn Dunbar would place fourth in the event with a time of 25.79.


First year Molly Prindle would swim to victory in the 200 yd breastsroke, leading yet another Williams sweep. Her time of 2:31.72 was just ahead of second placed Rebecca Maher (2:34.28), while Patchen came in third with a time of 2:35.60. In the 1000 yd freestyle Maher led yet another Williams sweep, finishing first in a time of 10:44.13. She was followed by sophomore Julie Okorn in second place (10:56.36) and senior Kathleen Morrison in third (11:13.07).


In the diving events sophomore McKenzie Murdoch had an impressive showing on the 3m board, placing first ahead of a strong contingent of divers from Springfield with a score of 272.92. Senior Hannah Wilson placed third with a score of 242.17, while first year Michelle Higgins placed sixth in the competitive field with a solid score of 230.55. On the 1m board the scores were clustered even more tightly, with 5 divers placing within 20 points of each other. Wilson would place third with a score of 261.37, with Murdoch fourth (244.04) and Higgins fifth (242.54).  


The Ephs will now settle in as they prepare for their final home meet of the year versus NESCAC foe Middlebury on January 28th. The meet will mark the final home dual meet for 9 graduating seniors of the class of 2012, who will be honored for their contributions to the program before the meet. Williams will then kick off their postseason schedule with the Middlebury Invitational on February 3rd before preparing for the NESCAC championships, at Wesleyan University, which will begin on February 17th