Williamstown, Mass. -- Showing no ill effects from swimming in their second dual meet in as many days, Women's Swimming and Diving easily dispatched NESCAC foes Tufts (198-100) and Wesleyan (194-97) in their final home meet of the 2012-2013 season. With the win Williams stands at 8-1 on the year and is undefeated against Division III opponents.
With the win over Wesleyan the Ephs claimed thier sixth consecutive Little Three title.
The Ephs set the tone early, swimming to victory in the 200 yd Medley Relay with a quartet made up of four first years: Katie Bennett, Breanna Nguyen, Anna Epstein, and Faye Sultan. On a night where Williams honored the contributions of a strong graduating senior class, it would be a mixture of youth and experience that drove them to the emphatic wins.
Senior co-captain Caroline Wilson would earn three individual victories, in the 1650 yd freestyle (17:09.84), 50 yd freestyle (24.24) and 400 yd Individual Medley (4:25.74). In the 1650 Wilson touched just ahead of sophomore Sarah Thompson, who hung with her older teammate to the bitter end, finishing a scant second back in the grueling race (17:10.77). In the 50 it was a Williams sweep at the top, with first year Emma Nuzzo (25.15) and senior Bryn Dunbar (25.22) ably backing up Wilson. Finally, in the 400 yd Individual Medley, the Ephs showed their depth in what has become one of their signature events under head coach Steven Kuster, capturing the top four spots. Following Wilson were senior Katherine O'Leary (2nd, 4:30.74), first year Paige Haller (3rd, 4:40.06) and senior Kelsey Roggensack (4th, 4:44.35).
Equally impressive was first year Katie Bennett, who won the 100 yd backstroke (59.48) and 500 yd freestyle (5:14.42). In the backstroke classmate Faye Sultan placed third (1:01.19), while sophomore Tess Vorselen (1:02.85) claimed fourth. Not to be outdone, rookie Breanna Nguyen took first place in both the 200 yd freestyle (1:56.31) and 200 yd breaststroke (2:25.11). Junior Aly Levine stepped up in the 200 yd butterfly, winning the event in 2:12.58, over three seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. In the 100 yd freestyle Faye Sultan led a Williams sweep with a time of 53.13, the third fastest time in the conference so far this season. Sarah Thompson placed second (53.39) while Kelsey Roggensack was third (54.43). Thompson would take a victory of her own in the 100 yd butterfly (59.44), just ahead of first year Anna Epstein (1:01.18).
In the diving events Sophomore Michelle Higgins earned first place in the 1m springboard competition with a score of 277.95, just ahead of junior McKenzie Murdoch (271.10). In the 3m competition the positions would be reversed, with Murdoch taking the top spot (294.00) and Higgins settling for second (285.20).
The Ephs will now refocus on their final dual meet of the year, against NESCAC foe Middlebury on January 26th. The meeting will be the first of two in quick succession, as the following weekend Williams will travel north for the Middlebury Invitational, the traditional start to their championship season.