Williams takes down MIT in rare Friday meet

Williams takes down MIT in rare Friday meet

Cambridge, Mass.-- Making a rare Friday night trip to Boston to take on perennial NEWMAC power MIT, women's swimming and diving continued their winning ways, toppling the host Engineers 187-112 in a strong all-around performance. With the win the Ephs move to 5-1 on the year and remain undefeated against Division III opponents.


In a meet full of strong individual performances Sophomore Sarah Thompson, the reigning NESCAC swimmer of the week, once again rose to the occasion, winning both the 100 and 200 yd freestyle. In the 100 Thompson won the event with a time of 52.80, just ahead of teammate Faye Sultan, who finished in 53.26 to claim second place. In the 200 Thompson would lead a Williams sweep with a time of 1:54.81, finishing alongside first year Breanna Nguyen (2nd, 1:56.79) and senior Katherine O'Leary (3rd, 1:57.24).


Matching Thompson in the individual events was senior Caroline Wilson, who won the 100 yd breaststroke, 500 yd freestyle, and 200 yd Individual Medley. In the breaststroke Wilson took home first place honors with a time of 1:06.97. Classmate Liz Visconti placed fourth in 1:08.31. In the 500 it was all Williams at the top once again, as Wilson (4:56.91), O'Leary (5:12.72) and sophomore Erica Bucki (5:18.74) captured another sweep for the Ephs. Wilson and O'Leary once again formed a potent combination at the top of the podium in the Individual Medley, Wilson again taking top billing with a time of 2:05.88 while O'Leary also was impressive, dropping a time of 2:10.59 to take second place.


Junior diver McKenzie Murdoch placed extremely well in winning both the 1m and 3m springboard events. Murdoch's score of 299.93 on the 3m board broke the MIT pool record for a six dive list, while she also turned in an impressive performance on the 1m board with a score of 266.92. Sophomore Michelle Higgins dove well to take second place in both events with scores of 256.19 and 247.80 respectively.


A pair of first years, Katie Bennett and Breanna Nguyen, also earned strong individual event wins. Bennett swam clear of the field in the 200 yd backstroke to win by nearly 3 seconds, taking first place in the event with a time of 2:06.35. Bennett also did well in the 100 yd backstroke, taking third place in 59.46, a scant 11 hundredths out of second. Nguyen, in addition to taking second place in the 200 yd freestyle, came out on top in the 200 yd breaststroke, winning the event in 2:25.45. Senior Liz Visconti placed third (2:27.68).


A strong contingent of Ephs in the 200 yd butterfly was not able to capture the top spot, but ably filled in the rest of the scoreboard, taking the next four places behind an impressive team effort. Senior Kelsey Roggensack led the way in second place with a time of 2:08.87, while first year Paige Haller (3rd, 2:08.94), senior KC Ha (4th, 2:09.96) and junior Alyssa Levine (5th, 2:11.45), showed Williams' depth in the grueling event. It was similarly a team effort in the 100 yd butterfly, with Ha taking second place (58.72) and Roggensack (59.79) and first year Anna Epstein (59.82) taking third and fourth respectively.


The Ephs will now buckle down in training as they prepare to host a rare weekend doubleheader on January 19th and 20th. On the 19th they will face off against NEWMAC foe Springfield at Samuelson-Muir pool before turning around to take on two NESCAC opponents, Tufts and Wesleyan on the 20th