MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Williams swim and dive team hit the road today to face Wesleyan University, Tufts University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute at Wesleyan. The Ephs competed for the last time in 2018, and competed against fellow NESCAC teams for the first time this season. Although they competed in a quad meet, the meet was scored as three separate dual meets, the final results against WPI were 242-73, against Wesleyan were 239-73, and against Tufts were 214.50-104.50.
Molly Craig '21 had a great meet, winning all three of her individual events and helping the 400 free relay to its victory. She started the meet by swimming the 500 freestyle, part of the squad of Ephwomen who placed 1-7, although only the top three scored (5:03.27). Placing second was Casey DeLano '21 (5:12.06), and third was Gwyneth Maloy '21 (5:13.49). Craig's second swim was the 400 IM, which she swam for the first time this season, and won in a time of 4:33.19. Freshman Abby Matheny '22 came in second, with the fastest backstroke split in the field, (4:36.31). Craig's final individual swim was the 200 fly, winning in a time of 2:07.58, with Veronica Wolff placing fourth in her first 200 fly of the season (2:09.75).
In the shorter freestyle events, Laura Westphal '21 placed first in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles. In the 50 free, she won in a time of 24.19, senior Dana Chung placing third with a time of 24.91. in the 100 freestyle, Westphal placed first (52.81), with Chung taking third (54.40), and Georgia Panitz '22 taking third with a time of 54.52. Finally, in the 200 free, Westphal won with an in season best time of 1:52.71, with Casey DeLano '21 placing second with a time of 1:57.14.
Divers need two scores over a specific point total to qualify for Regionals, and Eph diver Gabby Mercier '21 made her first score tonight. She placed first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, qualifying for Regionals through the 1-meter, and winning both boards by over 50 points.
Other notable swims included Anna Peterson's '22 100 fly. She won (57.93), dropping over half a second from her previous in season time, with Maia Hare '19 placing third (59.42). Additionally, Caroline White '20 and Franny Dean '19 paired up for the breaststroke events, White winning all of them, and Dean placing fifth, fourth, and third. Abby Matheny '22 won the 200 backstroke, going an in season best of 2:05.94.
On the Ephs' performance today, Eph head coach Steve Kuster says, "It was good to see the women show some good depth today, especially in the freestyle events. I saw some improvements in other areas as well. Ultimately if we can get better every week we'll be in a good place."
Williams swimming and diving continues their season on January 5, facing rival Amherst at their home pool. The meet starts at 1 PM EST.