Women's Swimming and Diving 2018-2019 Season Outlook

Rollie Grinder '21
Rollie Grinder '21

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – After placing third in the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in March, the Williams women's Swimming and Diving team is excited to start their new season, made complete by their new freshmen class of seven talented women. The Ephs are also welcoming two new additions to their coaching staff – assistant coaches Dan MacQuarrie and Allie Clark. Both of these coaches competed at the Division III level, and are already great additions to the program.  

The Ephs graduated six women in the class of 2018, each leaving their marks in the water, on the boards, and on campus. Captains Emma Waddell and Maddie Downs helped lead the Ephs to a NESCAC title, as well as to their third place finish at the NCAA meet. These women set a strong example for this year's team, and the Ephwomen are excited to continue their good work.

Leading the Ephs for their 2018-2019 season are captains Ali McNamara '19 and Kristina Barry '19. Both of these women are strong contributors at the NESCAC level, with each placing in the top four in the 1000-yard freestyle and the 1650-yard freestyle at the 2018 NESCAC championships. Other notable returners are NCAA champions Laura Westphal '21 (1650 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle) and Molly Craig '21 (400 IM), as well as individual and/or relay All-Americans Caroline White '20, Rollie Grinder '21, and Gwyneth Maloy '21.

Outside of the water, the diving boards this year will be dominated by Gabby Mercier '21. She had a strong opening first season as an Eph, and is rearing up for her sophomore year.

On the upcoming season, head coach Steve Kuster remarks, "This year's team has the ability to continue past successes. Our large senior class will be key in motivating the team and defining how high the bar is set. A motivated, healthy and focused team will be hard to beat."

The Ephs, in addition to competing against strong Division III programs, have replaced their annual meet against Boston College with the more competitive Boston University and University of Connecticut, both Division I programs. Throughout the season they also will battle rivals Amherst College, as well as other NESCAC teams.

The Ephs start their season with two meets this coming weekend. Their first meet is against Springfield College on Friday, November 16 at 6 PM EST at the Ephs' very own Samuelson-Muir pool, followed by a road trip to Schenectady to face Union College at 1 PM EST on Saturday, November 17.