NEW LONDON, CT—Williams women's swimming and diving proved to be just as
determined as ever to maintain their lead in the NESCAC, defeating the Connecticut College
Camels 186-108 in their first away meet of the new year. This win adds to their undefeated
season thus far, bringing their record to an impressive 7-0. However, being particularly
strong in the short, sprint-based events, the Camels certainly proved to be a formidable
The competition began with the 200-yd medley relay, in which the Eph women finished
first, third, and fifth. The A-relay of Caroline Conforti '20, Caroline White '20, Erin Kennedy
'19, and Emma Waddell '18 took first with a time of 1:47.78, followed by Conn's A-team in
second. These performances set the tone for the rest of the afternoon, demonstrating that
the Ephs had arrived determined to get the job done.
The Williams women continued their relay dominance at the end of the meet, clinching first, third, fifth, and sixth. The A-relay of Erin Kennedy '19, Delaney Smith '18, Maddie Wessell '20, and Emma Waddell '18 touched first at 1:38.66, with Waddell bringing the team home in a speedy 23.89.
On the individual front, the Eph women showed up equally ready to perform. The first of
the individual events was the 1650-yd freestyle, the longest event on the schedule. The
Ephs were represented by Alison McNamara '19 (17:39.34), Veronica Wolff '20 (18:03.30),
and Victoria Chentsova '19 (18:56.12), placing second, third, and sixth, respectively.
Next on the agenda was the 200-yd freestyle, where seniors Megan Pierce and Olivia Jackson
touched 1-2 at 1:54.00 and 1:56.28 respectively. The Williams women's success in mid-
distance did not stop here; later in the afternoon Lauren Jones '17 (5:11.53), Franny Dean
'19 (5:19.89), and Emma Sawkins '18 (5:19.98) took 2-3- 4, again demonstrating the team's
The Williams women have always been a dominant force in the stroke and individual
medley events, and this afternoon was no exception. In the 100-yd backstroke, Caroline
Conforti '20 and Lauren Jones '17 touched first and second, with times of 58.76 and 59.82
respectively. Also notable was the first place finish in the 100-yd breaststroke by Caroline
White '20 with a time of 1:04.50, beating out the second place finisher by over a second.
White also took first in the 200-yd breaststroke, finishing with a time of 2:20.41. In the
final individual event of the afternoon, the 400 individual medley, Williams women posted
their most impressive performance of the meet, placing 1-2- 3. Megan Pierce '17 stole the
show, touching the wall at a time of 4:27.56, followed by Olivia Jackson '17 in second at
4:34.01 and Caroline White '20 in third at 4:38.73. The fourth place finisher from Conn
finished over six seconds behind White.
Although the Eph women were without competition in the diving well, this did not hinder
them from posting impressive scores on the 1-meter board. Ariana Ross '17 took first in
both events, earning 485.10 points on the 1-meter. Through her performance, Ross again
indicated that she would be a force to be reckoned with throughout championship season.
She was followed by Molly Harrington '18 (375.90) in second and Joyce Tseng '20 (359.77)
The Williams women will end their dual meet season next weekend, facing off against the
MIT Engineers Friday, and the Middlebury Panthers the following day.
When asked about the team's performance today, and the outlook for next week, Head Coach Steven Kuster responded: "It was nice to see a lot of excitement and energy toward racing today. I'm hopeful that after another good week of training that the team will be able to bring that same energy, if not more, to our competitions next week."
The meet at MIT on Friday is set to begin at 3:00 PM EST at MIT's Zesiger Pool in Cambridge,MA.