BRUNSWICK, ME—Williams women's swimming and diving began their quest for their fourth consecutive and sixteenth overall NESCAC title tonight at Bowdoin College's Greason Pool. The Ephwomen's depth and versatility allowed them to pull ahead of Amherst College by 78 points, concluding the evening with a total of 625.5 points.
The evening began with the 200-yd freestyle relay, in which the Williams 'A' relay of Delaney Smith '18, Olivia Jackson '17, Lauren Jones '17, and Emma Waddell '18 took first with a time of 1:33.96, a new pool and meet record as well as an NCAA B-cut.
Olivia Clark '17 represented Williams in the first individual event of the session, the 50-yd breaststroke, touching seventh at 30.21. The momentum continued with the 50-yd butterfly, in which the Ephwomen claimed first, sixth, and eighth. Maia Hare '19 took first with a time of 24.98, followed by Maddie Downs (25.66) and Erin Kennedy (26.07) in sixth and eighth respectively.
Moving into the longest event of the night, the 500-yd freestyle, the Ephwomen were ready to demonstrate their versatility to the rest of the conference. Williams touched second and third, by Lauren Jones '17 (4:54.67) and Alison McNamara '19 (4:56. 61) respectively. The display of talent continued in the 200-yd individual medley, with four Ephs in the championship final. Emma Waddell '18 stole the show, taking first by almost two and a half seconds with a time of 2:01.98. Following Waddell was Caroline White '20 (2:04.47), Olivia Jackson '17 (2:04.88), and Maddie Deardorff '20 (2:07.65) in third, fourth, and eighth respectively.
In her debut on the NESCAC stage, Caroline Conforti '20 represented Williams backstroke in the 50-yd race, where she placed fifth with a time of 26.77. To round off the sprinting success for the evening, Delaney Smith '18 took fifth in the 50-yd freestyle at 23.85, followed by Maia Hare '19 in seventh at 24.09.
Ariana Ross '17 once again represented the Ephs well in the diving well, placing first on the 1-meter board by 25 points with a score of 471.95.
The session concluded with the 400-yd medley relay. The Ephwomen went in fired up, hoping to continue their relay dominance. Their 'A' relay of Olivia Jackson '17, Caroline White '20, Emma Waddell '18, and Lauren Jones '17 did just that, touching first at 3:42.79, a new meet and pool record.
Although their performance tonight was impressive, the Williams women's swimming and diving team will have to continue to perform at their best in order to defend their title at the pool where they fell short just four years ago. The meet will resume Saturday at 10:00 a.m. EST for preliminaries and 5:50 p.m. EST for finals at the Greason Pool.
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