SPRINGFIELD, MA-Williams women's swimming and diving defeated Springfield College 189-96 in their first dual meet of the season, setting their record at 1-0. With two and a half weeks of training under their belts, the women were more than ready to start their competitive season with as much energy as has come to be expected of the group. The Eph women did not disappoint, with solid performances from start to finish.
The Ephs' campaign to go undefeated in relays was off to a promising start with the 400-yd medley relay, in which the Williams "A" team of Veronica Wolff '20, Madeleine Deardorff '20, Erin Kennedy '19, and Emma Waddell '18 took first with a time of 4:05.21. The "B" team followed closely behind to claim second place at 4:08.07.
Throughout the evening, the Williams ladies proved capable of continuing the Williams distance legacy. In the longest individual event of the evening, the 1000-yd freestyle, Laura Westphal '21 and Courtney Brown '21 finished first (10:41.19) and second (10:54.24) respectively. Later, in the 500-yd freestyle, Brown took the lead at 5:14.43, followed by Caroline White '20 in second (5:20.99) and Katie Orringer '21 in third (5:23.19).
The Eph women were given the chance to shine in the stroke events, which . The women took 1-2-3 in the 100-yd backstroke in a charge led by Caroline Conforti at 1:00.47, and later Veronica Wolff '20 at 1:01.36, and Madeleine Deardorff '20 at 1:05.23. In the 200-yd butterfly, Emma Waddell '18 stole the show, finishing first with an impressive in-season time of 2:11.23. Fresh talent Katie Orringer '21 finished close behind at 2:12.71.
Other notable performances of the evening include the 50-yd freestyle and the 200-yd individual medley. In the 50-yd freestyle, Delaney Smith '18 took a 1.15 second lead, touching the wall at 25.00. To close out the individual events for the day, Gwenyth Maloy '21 took first in the 200-yd individual medley at 2:16.23.
Gabby Mercier '21 and Molly Harrington '18 represented the Eph women with pride on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Mercier claimed first on the 1-meter and second on the 3 boards, and Harrington finished fourth on both.
The Williams women come off the evening happy with the work they have done thus far, but know that their work is far from over. When asked about the team's outlook at this point, captain Maddie Downs '18 stated "Coming off a tough two weeks of training, it was great to see the Eph women compete for the first time this season. We are happy with the results tonight, but we know there is a long road ahead and will have to keep working hard in order to meet our goals for the season. Definitely looking forward to continuing the momentum tomorrow afternoon." Their season continues tomorrow against Union College at 1 PM EST the Ephs' Samuelson-Muir Pool.