Ephs widen lead after day two of NESCAC Championships

Ephs widen lead after day two of NESCAC Championships

BRUNSWICK, ME—Williams women's swimming and diving continued the momentum that they created on the first evening of the NESCAC Championships, ending night two with a first place finish in seven out of the eight events. The Ephwomen held their lead over Amherst College, with their total score after tonight's session at 1288. This point total places them in a solid position rolling into the final evening of competition tomorrow.

Tonight's session began and ended with victorious relay swims from Williams. In the first event of the evening, the 200-yd medley relay, the Ephs' 'A' team of Caroline Conforti '20, Caroline White '20, Emma Waddell '18, and Maia Hare '19 edged out second place Connecticut College to touch at 1:42.24, a new pool and meet record. The formidable relay force that Williams has presented throughout the weekend continued at the end of the session, with the 800-yd freestyle relay. The team of Alison McNamara '19, Megan Pierce '17, Madeline Wessell '20, and Lauren Jones '17 took first by three seconds with a solid overall time of 7:29.67.

Williams continued to demonstrate their versatility in the individual events, transferring seamlessly from Friday evening's "sprint-focused" session into events of greater distances. In the longest event of the evening, the 1000-yd freestyle, the Ephs took first and eighth, by Alison McNamara '20 (10:06.15) and Emma Sawkins '18 (10:32.44) respectively.

Moving into the stroke events, the Ephs had several notable performances, including four first-place finishes. Megan Pierce '17 once again stole the show in the 400-yd individual medley, touching ahead of the field by over five seconds at 4:17.02, a new pool and meet record. Maddie Deardorff '20 (4:28.22), Franny Dean '19 (4:33.72), and Veronica Wolff '19 (4:34.16) finished after Pierce in fourth, seventh, and eighth respectively. The next victory came from Emma Waddell '18 in the 100-yd butterfly. Waddell touched the wall at 54.14, followed by Maia Hare '19 in third and Maddie Downs '18 in fourth respectively. As the Ephs' sole representative in the A-final of the 100-yd breaststroke, Caroline White '20 did not disappoint, finishing first with a time of 1:02.80. Rounding off the night of individual victories was Olivia Jackson's '17 with a 55.56 in the 100-yd backstroke. Also representing Williams in the heat was Caroline Conforti '20, who took seventh at 57.69.

The performance tonight puts the Ephwomen in a good position going into tomorrow, but the competition is not over. Head Coach Steven Kuster commented on the women's performance this evening, "The women had an impressive performance tonight and I was happy with the energy I saw in and out of the pool on day two. We still have more work to do tomorrow, but I'm excited to see the team finish strong together." Competition resumes Sunday at the Greason Pool, with preliminaries beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST and finals at 5:30 p.m.