WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams Ephwomen defeated the Amherst Mammoths 184-110 in their last home meet of the season. The Ephs also recognized their seniors – Victoria Chentsova, Kristina Barry, Dana Chung, Franny Dean, Giulia Filocca, Alison McNamara, Erin Kennedy, Maia Hare and Bryanna Lee – who committed themselves for the last four years to helping this team grow and flourish.
The meet started with the 200 medley relay, with the Ephwomen topping the boards with an inseason best time of 1:46.61. The meet continued with the 1000 freestyle, with the Williams women placing 1-2-3-4. Sophomore Gwyneth Maloy '21 beat the rest of the competition with a time of 10:42.33. There was a race for second between the three other Ephs, with Kerryann Reynolds '22 having a phenomenal swim, outtouching senior Ali McNamara, respectively going 10:48.40 and 10:48.54. Sophomore Courtney Brown '21 finished out the Williams domination of the event by going an inseason best of 10:50.25.
In addition to freestyle, the Williams stroke swimmers commanded the stroke events. In the 100 and 200 backstroke, Abby Matheny '22 topped the competition, with Gabby Granata '22 close behind in the 100, and Gwyneth Maloy '21 on the heels of the competition in the 200. In the 100 backstroke, Matheny raced to an incredible finish, outtouching her Amherst competition by 0.05, going 59.50. Caroline White '20 followed suit in the 100 breast, also topping the competition by 0.05, going 1:05.33. The 100 and 200 butterfly proved to be some of the Ephs' strongest events. In the 100, Anna Peterson '20 placed first with a strong time of 57.79, with the race for second, third, and fourth, following in her wake. Maia Hare '19 got her hands on the wall second, going 58.45, with Veronica Wolff '20 sneaking by an Amherst competitor to place third, with an inseason best of 58.62. The 200 butterfly was also dominated by Ephs, with Molly Craig '21 leading the way with a time of 2:05.04. Juniors Veronica Wolff and Elinor Sherman '20 helped the Ephs by placing second (2:06.21) and fourth (2:11.06) respectively, with Sherman's 200 butterfly her first one of the season.
On the boards, Gabriella Mercier '21 showed her strength and poise as a diver, having an extremely consistent meet, and placing second on both boards. A highlight of her meet was her inward 2.5 tuck on 3 meter. Mercier also qualified for the Diving Regionals for the second time today! Although she is the only diver for the Ephs, she has been benefitting from her one-on-one time with diving coach Kit Koch.
On the meet, head coach Steve Kuster says, "There was a mix of very competitive races and some not so competitive ones. I believe we won all of the really close ones which is good. Beating Amherst is always on our list of goals. It was nice to accomplish that goal, but I also hope this team is motivated for bigger and better performances down the road."
The Ephs continue their season next weekend at Connecticut College, starting at 1PM EST.