NEW YORK, NY--Williams women's swimming and diving took on two strong Division I programs in Fordham and Boston College on Saturday. The Ephs beat Boston College 225-75 and fell to Fordham 166-128.
The meet opened with an excellent performance by the Eph relay teams. Williams finished second and third in the 200 medley relay coming in behind Fordham. Later in the meet the Williams women followed up with strong 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 400 free relay. These relays set the tone for the team on the day as Williams saw multiple team members tally points for the Ephs.
Senior captain Caroline Wilson led her team with three strong individual performances. Wilson opened the individual races with victory in the 200 freestyle. Wilson won the event in a time of 1:51.13, over 4 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Wilson backed up this finish with another commanding performance in the 200 breaststroke, finishing first in a time of 2:25.73. Wilson rounded out her individual races with a victory in the 200 IM (207.10).
Wilson's strong performance was matched by the individual efforts by freshman Katie Bennett and sophomore Sarah Thompson. Bennett fought for an exciting victory in the 100 backstroke (59.06) an event with less than 4 tenths of a second separation between first and third place. Bennett found herself in another tight race in the 200 backstroke, this time finishing 2nd in a time of 2:06.80, just half a second back from first place. Sarah Thompson made her own contributions to the Ephs victory over Boston College by finishing 2nd in the 1000 free (53.01) and 1st in the 500 free (506.18).
The Ephs diving duo of sunior McKenzie Murdoch and Sophomore Michelle Higgins added to the Ephs scoring total. Murdoch took 1st in the 1-meter and 3rd in the 3-meter. Higgins tallied a first place finish in the 3-meter competition.