Williams Women Finish Day One of NCAA Championships in Second Place




SHENANDOAH, TX—Williams women's swimming and diving started off their campaign at the Division III Swimming and Diving National Championships this evening at the Conroe ISD Natatorium. The Ephs had a number of good swims across the events, putting themselves in a solid position for the remainder of the week.

The first event of the session was the 500-yd freestyle. Williams was represented by Alison McNamara '19 in the Consolation Final, touching for tenth with a time of 4:53.76. In the Championship Final, Lauren Jones '17 finished eighth at 4:59.92. Next in the lineup was the 200-yd individual medley, in which Olivia Jackson '17 touched second with a lifetime best of 2:01.49.

In likely the most notable performance on the evening on the women's side, Emma Waddell '18 stole the show in the 50-yd freestyle, winning the event with a new meet record of 22.69.

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On the diving boards, Ariana Ross '17 represented the Ephwomen well, placing eighth in the 3-meter competition with a final score of 426.95.

The evening concluded with the 200-yd medley relay. The Williams team of Olivia Jackson '17, Caroline White '20, Maia Hare '19, and Emma Waddell '18 were able to touch third just behind Denison College with a time of 1:41.60.

The Williams women finished the night in second place with 101 points behind powerhouse Emory University with 137 points. Their performance certainly set them on the right path for the rest of the week, but they will have to bring it everyday in order to top their performance last year. Head Coach Steven Kuster echoed this sentiment when asked about the women's success this evening, " the girls definitely showed that they were fired up tonight, but this is just the beginning. We have a lot of work to do this week, and we're ready for the challenge."

The meet will resume tomorrow at the Conroe ISD Natatorium, with prelims beginning at 11 am EST and finals at 7 pm EST.