Ephs Earn Victory Over Host Panthers

Coach Kuster
Coach Kuster

Middlebury, VT.-- Looking for the exclamation point on an already extremely successful dual meet season, women's swimming and diving traveled up to Middlebury for a final tune-up before entering their championship season. The Ephs came away from the meet with a well-deserved 178-122 victory. The win puts Williams at 9-1 on the year in dual meets, and the women remain undefeated against Division III opponents, their only loss coming against Division I Fordham.


Senior Caroline Wilson once again put on an impressive display of veteran leadership, capturing three individual event victories in the 1000 yd freestyle (10:21.51), 50 yd freestyle (24.90), and 200 yd Individual Medley (2:09.26). Wilson's versatility was also on display, as she took top honors in a diverse array of events. In the 1000 yd freestyle first year Katie Bennett ably backed up Wilson, taking second place with a time of 11:00.07 in the notoriously difficult distance event. Just as impressive were the performances of sophomore Sarah Thompson, who won both the 100 yd backstroke (1:00.75) and the 500 yd freestyle (5:03.26).


Senior Katherine O'Leary also was a multiple event winner, taking first in both the 200 yd freestyle (1:56.15) and 200 yd backstroke (2:11.28). In the backstroke O'Leary was assisted on the podium by sophomore Tess Vorselen, who placed third with a time of 2:15.71. The Ephs also got strong contibutions from the underclassmen. First year Paige Haller earned the victory in the 200 yd butterfly, just outouching senior KC Ha by 4 hundredths of a second. Haller finished in 2:10.69 while Ha was second in 2:10.73. Ha would bounce back in the 100 yd butterfly, cruising into the wall in 59.62. First year Anna Epstein took third (1:00.88). Not to be outdone was first year Breanna Nguyen, whose strong start to the 100 yd freestyle proved just enough to hold off a hard-charging pack of Middlebury swimmers to take first place (55.31).


In the diving events junior McKenzie Murdoch continued her impressive run of form, winning both the 1m and 3m springboard events. In the 3m event Murdoch scored 301.43, over 50 points higher than her nearest competitor. In the 1m the scores were much more tightly packed, but Murdoch would still easily win with a score of 285.98. Sophomore Michelle Higgins took second place in the 1m competition (261.53).


With their dual meet season now complete, the Ephs will now look to refocus and begin their taper for their championship season. The team will return to Middlebury next weekend for the Middlebury Invitational before looking to defend their conference title at the NESCAC championship later in the month.