Eph women use strong final day to finish 3rd at NCAA Championships

Eph women use strong final day to finish 3rd at NCAA Championships


INDIANAPOLIS, IN. — The final day of the 2018 NCAA Div. III championships was much like the first three days for the Williams College women's swimming and diving team — a lot of very good performances and one last national champion.

The Ephs were just that consistent over their time at the Indiana University Natatorium. They were rewarded for that consistent greatness with a 3rd place team finish. Williams finished with 412 points, 27 better than fourth-place Denison. The final night of championships saw first year Laura Westphal win another with a great swim in the mile, senior Emma Waddell grab another second-place finish, Caroline White take home a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke and the 400 free relay team end the meet on a high note with a fifth-place swim. 

"The women were consistent all week," Ephs head coach Steve Kuster said. "Tonight, Laura Westphal had a terrific mile and Ali McNamara followed up with her second Top 8 finish out here. Caroline White got her second second-place finish and Emma Waddell capped off a truly fantastic career in the 100 free and by anchoring the 400 free relay. The Eph women really came to play and the third-place finish was truly a team effort."

In the 1650 free, Westphal was sensational, knocking off over 18 seconds off her seed time to win the race in 16 minutes, 35.20 seconds. McNamara picked up 11 team points with her eighth-place finish. She had a time of 17:01.72. Waddell followed up a strong swim in the 100 free preliminaries (50.25 seconds) with a sub-50-second final, placing second in 49.72 seconds, just off the winning time of 49.29 seconds. White lived up to her billing in the 200 breaststroke, swimming a 2:13.34 in the morning and following that up with a 2:13.45 swim in the championship final, which was good for second-place. 

The 400 free relay team starred in the meet's final event. The quartet of first-year Rollie Grinder, senior Madeline Downs, first-year Westphal and senior Waddell bettered its seed time and its preliminary time by placing fifth in 3:24.71. Waddell's anchor leg 100 was the second-fastest in the final at 49.79.