MIDDLETOWN, CT -- The Eph women of Williams College defended their NESCAC title in the Wesleyan Natatorium this weekend and did it convincingly. On this last day of competition, Williams won 7 out of the 8 events, including four 1-2 finishes. After all was said and done, the Ephs eclipsed the NESCAC Meet record for total points scored, a mark that they set just one year ago.
Remarkable performances were put in all-around over the course of the meet. Freshman Emma Waddell won the Freshman of Year Award. Sophomore Ariana Ross won the Diver of the Meet Award, and Michelle Higgins won senior Four-Year High Point Diving Award. Sarah Thompson won the Swimmer of the Meet Award and the senior Four-Year Swimming High Point Award. Teammate Erica Bucki was fifth place in the four-year category.
In addition diving coach Kit Koch won the Diving Coach of the Year Award.
The first event of this evening's competition was the 1650 Freestyle. Senior Sarah Thompson would win in her last individual NESCAC race ever, clocking in a time of 16:53.55. Less than half a second behind Thompson, a tiny margin for a race this long, Eph sophomore Megan Pierce hit the wall. Also in this event, Emma Sawkins finished in eighth place and Erica Bucki finished in ninth place.
In the 200 Backstroke Olivia Jackson set a meet record with a time of 1:58.59 and won the event. Junior Katie Bennet finished in second place behind Jackson, and teammates Katie Priest, Erica Bucki and Erica Meyers finished in in fifth through seventh places, respectively.
The 100 Freestyle was yet another 1-2 finish for the Ephs. Freshman Emma Waddell won the event and was only 0.02 seconds away from the meet record. Faye Sultan came in second place and Lauren Jones in fourth place. In the consolation final for the Ephs, Delaney Smith and Catherine Treesh finished in 14th and 15th places.
Breanna Nguyen dropped almost two full seconds from her morning performance in the 200 Breaststroke to get second place in the event. Sophomore Olivia Clark finished in eighth place and senior Molly Prindle finished in ninth.
The 200 Butterfly saw Williams swimmers in 4 of the top 5 spots. Megan Pierce won the event with a time of 2:02.81. Sofie Pietrantonio finished in third place, Maddie Downs was fourth and Paige Haller was fifth.
Ariana Ross won the 3 meter diving event, and so swept the diving events of the meet. Senior Michelle Higgins capped off her NESCAC career by getting second place in this event.
The last event of the meet was the 400 Freestyle Relay. The Williams 'B' relay of Smith, Vorselen, Jackson and Nguyen won their heat. The Williams 'A' relay of Waddell, Jones, Sultan and Thompson won the event almost six seconds ahead of the next relay to finish and set a meet record in doing so.
There were many records broken and events won and awards boasted for the Ephs. However, at the end of it all the most important distinction is the 2015 NESCAC team title that the Ephs bring home. It is the fourteenth title out of the fifteen years of the championships. Several members of this team will have the opportunity to move on to the NCAA Championships in March where Williams will compete with the best teams in the country. For many the season will end here, but all members of the team and the coaching staff will be thrilled with the results of this past weekend and the undefeated season that led up to it.