Ephs finish in fourth at NCAAs

Ephs finish in fourth at NCAAs


W A T C H  Interview with 1650 free champion sophomore Sarah Thompson

Shenandoah, TX - On the final day of the NCAA Division III Championships, the Ephs held onto fourth place behind an individual title from Sarah Thompson and a fifth place finish from the 400-yard freestyle relay. The women finished behind first place Emory, Denison, and Kenyon.

The women got off to a strong start in the 1650-yard freestyle. Sophomore Sarah Thompson continued her stellar meet with a dominating victory in the mile event. Taking command of the race after the first 100 yards, Thompson held first place the entire way, touching in a personal best time of 16:31.60. Her time was close to a 15 second improvement from her mark at last years' championships.

The Ephs' only other individual finalist of the evening was rookie Katie Bennett, who earned a finals swim in the 200-yard backstroke. Clocking a solid time of 2:03.06, Bennett captured 15th place, scoring points for the women in the consolation final.

In the final event of the evening, the Eph quartet of rookie Faye Sultan, Thompson, senior Kelsey Roggensack, and senior co-captain Caroline Wilson swam to fifth place in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Sultan led off with a lifetime best time in 51.56, helping the women to 3:25.74.

Wilson earned Swimmer of the Meet honors, an award given to one woman at the meet and voted on by coaches. She is the second woman from Williams to earn the prestigious award in the last two years, following Logan Todhunter '12.

"I'm very impressed with the women's focus and determination in accomplishing some team goals they set after our conference meet," said head coach Steve Kuster. "I couldn't be happier that our six seniors ended their careers on such a positive note."