CAMBRIDGE, MA — Williams women's swimming and diving topped the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (205-95) this afternoon at the Engineers' home pool, bringing their record to 8-0. Coming off another week of difficult training, the Ephs arrived ready to race with as much energy as ever. This victory, in a meet that received much attention in the Division III swimming world in the past week, is a good sign for the Williams women going into their last dual meet tomorrow.
The Ephwomen began the afternoon with a 1-2 finish in the 400-yd medley relay, led by the A-team of Olivia Jackson '17, Caroline White '20, Emma Waddell '18, and Lauren Jones '17 with a time of 3:51.78. Their dominating performance set the tone for the rest of the afternoon, and put the team in a state of high energy heading into the individual events.
In the 1650-yd freestyle, the longest individual event on the agenda, Megan Pierce '17 stole the show. Pierce touched first at 17:15.91, her fastest in season time to date. She was followed by Alison McNamara '19 in second at 17:33.47, almost seventeen seconds before the first Engineer.
The Ephwomen proved just as impressive in the mid-distance events, the 200-yd freestyle and the 500-yd freestyle. Williams again took 1-2 in the 200, with a photo finish between Emma Waddell '18 (1:53. 36) and Lauren Jones '17 (1:53.56). The 500 ended with Pierce victorious again at 5:07.85, followed closely by Madeline Wessell '20 in second (5:08.00), and Maddie Downs '18 in fourth (5:14.81).
Although clearly talented in longer events, the Eph sprinters did not disappoint. Williams took first through fourth in the 100-yd freestyle, with another victory for Emma Waddell at 52.27. Behind Waddell were Lauren Jones '17 (53.08), Delaney Smith '18 (53.84), and Erin Kennedy '19 (54.44), taking second through fourth respectively.
To no one's surprise, the Williams women provided many notable performances in individual medley and stroke events. Caroline White '20 touched first in both the 100-yd and 200-yd breaststroke, bettering her in-season time in the 200 at 2:19.86. In the 100-yd fly, the Ephs took first and second, led by Maia Hare '19 (57.79), and Veronica Wolff close behind at 58.57.
Finishing off her incredible performance today, Megan Pierce '17 grabbed her third victory in the 400-yd individual medley, touching the wall at 4:29. 86 with a seven second lead. The Ephwomen also took second and third in the event, with Veronica Wolff '20 in second at 4:36.81 and Emma Waddell '18 third at 4:38.26.
Ariana Ross '17 completed another notable performance on the 3-meter board wining with a total of 299.93 points. With this score, Ross proves that her routine is competitive on not just the NESCAC, but the regional and national level as well.
While this was a big win for the Williams women, their work this season is far from complete. The Ephs are set to travel to Middlebury tomorrow for the Panther's senior meet, beginning at 1 PM-EST at the Middlebury Natatorium. This will be the Ephs' final dual meet of the regular season before heading into championship season next week.