Williams women defeat Tufts, Wesleyan, and WPI

Williams women defeat Tufts, Wesleyan, and WPI



MIDDLETOWN, CT—Williams women's swimming and diving finished on top in the four-team competition hosted by Wesleyan University. The meet was scored in the style of four dual meets, so the Ephs went head-to-head with Wesleyan University(251-48), Tufts University(225-90), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (229-91), bringing their record to 5-1. This marks the last competition of the semester, before the team travels down to Ft. Lauderdale for Christmas training. 

The competition kicked off with the 50-yd breaststroke, in which Caroline White '20 claimed first at 29.27. White also won the 200-yd race later in the afternoon, touching at 2:20.99, an NCAA B-cut. The Williams women also took first in the 50-yd butterfly and 50-yd breaststroke, won by Emma Waddell '18 (25.50) and Caroline Conforti '20 (27.05) respectively. 

The Eph women were equally successful in the longer races, and capitalized on the opportunity to demonstrate their endurance skills. In the 500-yd freestyle, Williams finished 1-2-3, with Molly Craig '21 taking the lead at 5:04.63. Alison McNamara '19 touched second with a time of 5:12.63, followed by Katie Priest '18 in third at 5:16.66. Craig also claimed first in the 400-yd individual medley, earning herself an NCAA B-cut with a time of 4:29.42. Gwyneth Maloy '21 followed shortly behind for second at 4:36.87, and Courtney Brown '21 for third at 4:41.51. 

Molly Harrington '18 and Gabby Mercier '21 represented the Eph women well on the diving board. On the 1-meter board, Mercier (280.4)and Harrington (253.1) took first and third respectively, with Harrington earning an all-time best score. The girls finished in the same positions on the 3-meter board, rounding off a successful day in the diving well.

The afternoon concluded with the 400-ya freestyle relay, in which the Williams women finished 1-2-3. The "A" team of Gwyneth Maloy '21, Delaney Smith '18, Laura Westphal '21, and Emma Waddell '18 led the stampede, finishing with a time of 3:34.21, eight seconds ahead of the second place team. 

With the conclusion of the day, the Eph women look toward the end of their semester studies and their trip to Florida the following week. When asked about the women's performance, head coach Steven Kuster seemed pleased: "I saw a lot of good things out there today. What's important is that these girls push themselves when we can get down to Florida and focus on the team."  Their competitive season resumes with an away meet against their rival, Amherst College, on January 6th.