WILLIAMSTOWN, MA— Williams women's swimming and diving added another victory under their belt this afternoon against Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 217-82 in their home pool, furthering their undefeated record to 7-0. The MIT Engineers were previously undefeated this season, and are one of the top ranked Division III programs in the country. The Ephwomen, with this information, knew that they would have to put in their best effort in order to be the team to leave the pool undefeated.
In the minutes prior to the first event, the 400-yd medley relay, the Samuelson-Muir pool was filled with excitement and cheering; the Ephwomen were ready for battle. Per usual, they did not disappoint, taking 1-2-4-6 in the event. Williams 'A' relay, composed of Olivia Jackson '17, Breanna Nguyen '16, Emma Waddell '18, and Faye Sultan '16, placed first with a time of 3:54.82. With such a successful start, the Williams women went into the individual events ready to keep the momentum going.
The first individual event of the afternoon was also the longest, the 1650-yd freestyle. Megan Pierce '17, certainly not new to long events, took first in the event with a 17:14.23, which is well under the NCAA B cut in the event. Pierce also took first in the 500-yd freestyle at 5:06.24, followed closely by fellow Ephs Emma Sawkins '18 (5:09.26) and Alison McNamara '19 (5:09.42) in second and third respectively.
On the spring boards, Ariana Ross '17 represented the Ephwomen in typical fashion, taking first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Her score of 310.8 on the 3-meter board beat the second place competitor by over 50 points, and was also a lifetime best.
Back in the competition pool, the Williams women experienced equal success with the individual stroke events. In the 100-yd backstroke, Katherine Bennett '16 (57.47), Olivia Jackson '17 (57.73), and Katherine Priest '18 (58.70) took 1-2-3 respectively. The trio later swept the 200-yd backstroke, in addition to Erica Meyers '17 (2:14.85) who took fourth. The sweeps were not just limited to the backstroke events; the Ephs similarly took first through fourth in the 200-yd butterfly. Paige Haller '16 took first in this event, touching to a 2:09.64. In close second was Sofie Pietrantonio '17 at 2:10.42, followed by Maddie Downs '18 (2:11.03) and Maddy Holker '16 (2:14.58) in third and fourth. In the last individual event of the day, the 400-yd individual medley, Megan Pierce '17 topped off her hat trick with an impressive time of 4:28.05. Katherine Bennett '16 touched second behind her at 4:34.66.
Going into the last race of the day, the 200-yd freestyle relay, the Ephwomen were prepared to leave everything they had left in the pool to close off their victory. The Williams relays took 1-3-5, with the 'A' relay of Maia Hare '19, Breanna Nguyen '16, Dana Chung '19, and Emma Waddell '18 winning with a time of 1:38.10, and each of the legs going sub 24.7.
With their undefeated record still intact, Williams women's swimming and diving is prepared to defend it once again tomorrow against fellow NESCAC school Middlebury College. While they are happy with their performance this afternoon, their hunger has certainly not been satisfied yet. Head coach Steven Kuster commented that he was pleased with the results of this afternoon: "I saw a lot of good racing today. We went into every race ready to do what we needed to do. Our work for the weekend is not done yet, and we will have to go in with the same drive tomorrow." The meet against Middlebury will begin at 1 PM EST at the Samuelson-Muir Pool in Williamstown.