AMHERST, MA—Williams women's swimming and diving defeated rival Amherst College 181-117 this afternoon in their first competition of the new year, bringing their record to 6-1. As can be expected against their rival, the Eph women kept the energy high and finished the meet with a number of notable performances.
The competition began with the 200-yd medley relay, in which the Eph women took first, fourth, and fifth. The "A" team of Caroline Conforti '20, Caroline White '20, Emma Waddell '18, and Laura Westphal '21 led the charge with a time of 1:46.00.
In the first individual event of the afternoon, the 1000-yd freestyle, the Williams women once again demonstrated their endurance, with Gwyneth Maloy '21 (10:29.36), Alison McNamara '19 (10:34.03), and Katie Orringer '21 (10:42.81) taking first, second, and fourth respectively. This momentum continued into the 200-yd freestyle, led by Laura Westphal '21 at 1:53.08 and Casey Delano '21 (1:53.88) close behind for a 1-2 finish. Notably, Westphal also claimed first in the 100-yd freestyle by over a second with a time of 51.98.
To no one's surprise, the Eph women had a number of impressive races in the stroke events. In the 100-yd breaststroke, for instance, Caroline White '20 claimed first by over two seconds with a time of 1:04.97. White also won the 200-yd breaststroke by almost nine seconds with a time of 2:18.49, an NCAA B cut. The Williams flyers also lived up to expectations and touched first in both races. In the 200-yd race, Veronica Wolff '20 led the charge by two seconds with a time of 2:06.09. Later, in the 100-yd swim, Emma Waddell '18 touched first at 56.19 for an NCAA B cut.
Gabby Mercier '21 was a force to be reckoned with, serving as the sole representative for the Williams women on the diving boards. She placed second on the 1-meter board, and first on the 3-meter, demonstrating her consistency and fearlessness in the face of a difficult line-up.
The last individual event of the meet was the 200-yd individual medley, in which the Ephs touched 1-3-4. Molly Craig '21 touched first to a time of 2:08.26, followed by Veronica Wolff '20 (2:10.31), and Caroline White '20 (2:10.67) for third and fourth respectively. To wrap up a successful afternoon of racing and diving, the Williams "A" squad of Delaney Smith '18, Gwyneth Maloy '21, Laura Westphal '21, and Emma Waddell '18 won the 400-yd freestyle with a time of 3:30.24.
With this meet under their belts, the Eph women look toward another week of hard work and preparation for the remainder of the season. When asked about the women's team performance, head coach Steven Kuster expressed that while he was overall satisfied, he knows there is much more to come: "Overall today was a very good day. Taking care of business against Amherst is always a good feeling. Some people had great performances and some weren't quite hitting on all cylinders. I still believe our best team performance is out there waiting to be had." In the proximate future, the team is set to face Connecticut College at their home pool on Saurday, January 13. The competition will begin at 1 PM EST.