CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Williams College Ephs hit the road again to face Division 3 competition, New York University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Although the meet was scored as two separate dual meets, the meet was competed together. The final scores were 190.50 – 107.50 against NYU and 175.50 – 122.50 against MIT.
The meet started with the 400 medley relay, comprised of Abby Matheny '22, Caroline White '20, Maia Hare '19, and Laura Westphal '21. After trailing for the first 300 yards, anchor leg Westphal blasted away the competition, outsplitting the rest of the field by over one second, with the relay's final time a 3:5.74. The College's 'B' relay placed fourth overall going a time of 3:58.86, swum by Gabby Granata '22, Molly Craig '21, Anna Peterson '22, and Casey DeLano '21.
The Ephs middle distance freestyle events remained a strength once again, with Laura Westphal '21 touching first in the 200 freestyle, going a time of 1:54.08. Right behind her was classmate Casey DeLano '21, swimming a very well split race (1:55:14), with freshman Emily Lock '22 touching fifth (1:57.24). The 500 freestyle was also taken by Westphal, going a strong season best time of 5:03.15, swimming a very even split race. Hot on her tail was Molly Craig '21, touching at a time of 5:06.61.
The Williams 200 butterfliers made their presence known yet again, with dynamic duo Molly Craig '21 and Veronica Wolff '20 nabbing the top two places again. While Craig's first 100 put her safely in the lead (finishing with a time of 2:06.79), Wolff had a race to the finish, outsplitting her competition by 0.51 in the last 50 and getting her hands on the wall with a time of 2:07.67.
In the 200 breaststroke, junior Caroline White '20 bested the competition, outswimming the heat by over six seconds, finishing with a time of 2:22.14. Casey DeLano '21 and Alison McNamara touched fourth and sixth overall, with McNamara going a season best time, the Ephs swimming times of 2:29.77 and 2:31.75 respectively.
Finally, in the 400 individual medley, the Ephs took three out of the top four spots. Molly Craig '21 blazed away the competition in a time of 4:26.19, swimming the fastest butterfly and backstroke splits of the race. In second place was Caroline White '20 (4:33.79), negative splitting her entire race, with the fastest breaststroke split of the field. In fourth place was Veronica Wolff '20, showing off her endurance with a very strong front and back half of the race, finishing in a time of 4:35.77.
On the boards, Gabby Mercier '21 had a phenomenal meet placing second on 3-meter and third on 1-meter. She will be competing tomorrow at the RPI Invitational in Troy, NY, starting tomorrow at 1PM EST.
Head coach Steve Kuster said on the Ephs' performance, "The women gave a gritty performance today. Things weren't exactly coming easily for them, but I think they showed more fight today than I'd seen previously."
The Ephs will continue their fight at their next meet at Middlebury against Middlebury and Hamilton on Saturday, January 26, starting at 1 PM EST.