Ephs in 3rd after Day 3 of NCAA Championships

Ephs in 3rd after Day 3 of NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – The Williams College women's swimming team got some more impressive performances Saturday and now sits in third place after Day 3 of the 2018 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships being held at the Indiana University Natatorium.

Williams now has 319 points, 11 behind second place Kenyon and 41 ahead of fourth place Dension. 

"It wasn't our best night," Ephs head coach Steve Kuster said. "We had pretty good morning swims for the most part, but this evening we couldn't quite sustain the pace of the previous two evenings, but still had some good performances."

One of those performances came in the 800 free relay, where the quartet of first year Casey Delano, junior Alison McNamara, first year Gwyneth Maloy and first year Laura Westphal finished third in 7:24.01. Anchor Westphal had the second fastest split of any participant in the event as she brought the Ephs from sixth to third.

"It was very impressive," Kuster said. 

In the 100 breaststroke, Caroline White was seeded third and in the morning swim lowered her seed time by 1.26 seconds, then lowered it again in the championship final at night and wound up placing third in 1:02.17. First year Molly Craig placed sixth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:02.99 while Madeline Downs picked up two points for the team with a 14th place finish in 2:04.58. 

Caroline Conforti had a great morning swim in the 100 backstroke, swimming to 13th in 56.36 seconds, but settled for 16th place at night when she swam the distance in 56.77 seconds. 

Day 4 of the NCAA Championships will begin tomorrow morning at 10:00 with the morning prelims.