Ephs extend lead on night two of NESCAC Championships

Ephs extend lead on night two of NESCAC Championships



W  A  T  C  H    Video Highlights Of Day 2


WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Wiliams women's swimming & diving won all but one event on Day 2 of the 3-Day NESCAC Championships and extended their 70-point day one lead to 226 points with one day of competition remaining.

First, the evening kicked off with the 200 yard Medley Relay. The Williams 'A' squad of Caroline Conforti '20, Caroline White '20, Maia Hare '19, and Emma Waddell '18 rocketed to a new pool record time of 1:42.80, finishing with a solid lead over Connecticut College and Bates.

The first individual event of the night, the 1000 freestyle, was swum in a timed-finals format. Alison McNamara '19 and Courtney Brown '21 in the evening heat represented Williams, and Kristina Barry '19 swam for the Ephs in the morning. McNamara won the event handily, clearing second place by 17 seconds to touch in a time of 10:07.48. Barry, after winning her heat earlier, ended up with a third place finish in 10:24.69. Brown's time of 10:35.31 was good for eighth.

Williams had three representatives in the Championship Final of the 400 yard Individual Medley. First year Molly Craig followed up her win in the shorter individual medley with another victory. This time she cleared a strong field to take the win with the third fastest time in the nation and new pool record of 4:21.66. Maddie Deardorff '20 took fifth in 4:29.24 and Veronica Wolff took seventh in 4:34.12.

Next up was the 100 yard butterfly. Again, Williams was well-represented in the A-Final, with three upperclassman leading the way for the Ephs. Emma Waddell broke her own pool record to win the event in a time of 53.74. Maddie Downs '18, who finished third in 56.24, and Maia Hare, who touched fourth in 56.67, followed her closely.

The fourth individual event of the night was the 200 yard freestyle, where Williams boasted five of the top eight in the Championship Final. First Year Laura Westphal added a second individual win to her resume, taking the victory in 1:49.16. Following her closely in for second was Gwyneth Maloy in 1:51.55. Rounding out the heat for the Ephs were Casey Delano (4th), Delaney Smith (5th), and Maddie Wessell (7th).

Sophomore Caroline White executed an excellent back-half race strategy in the 100 yard breaststroke. Despite being slightly behind Middlebury's Gomez at the halfway mark, White blasted the fastest second 50 in the field to get her hand on the wall first in 1:03.46.

The final individual event of the night was the 100 yard backstroke. Caroline Conforti followed up her strong showing in the 50 yard backstroke with another great finish, touching third in a new personal best time of 56.98 for her first time under 57 seconds. Also representing Williams was senior Katherine Priest, who finished eighth in 58.47.

The final event of the night was the 4x200 yard freestyle relay. The 'A' team of Laura Westphal '21, Ali McNamara, Gwyneth Maloy, and Casey Delano hit the wall first in a new pool record of 7:28.09 to cap off the second night of competition.

After the meet Dave Dow said, "Great job by the women tonight. Almost everyone moved up and we earned wins in a lot of close races. I'm Looking forward to an even better day tommorrow." 

The women return tomorrow, February 18th, for the final day of NESCAC competition. They head into the last day in first place, with a point total of 1376.