Williams Triumphs over Middlebury and Hamilton

Gabby Mercier '21
Gabby Mercier '21

MIDDLEBURY, VT — The Williams College women's swim and dive team headed up to Vermont for their final dual meets of the season. They swam against the Middlebury College Panthers and the Hamilton Continentals; although the meets were held together, they were scored as two separate dual meets, the final score against Hamilton was 185-104, and the final score against Middlebury was 171-122.

The meet started with the 400 medley relay, with the Ephs retaining the top seed with a winning relay comprised of Caroline Conforti '20, Franny Dean '19, Anna Peterson '22, and Laura Westphal '21. The Eph quartet finished in a time of 4:01.29. This relay beat the competition by two seconds, with second place also going to the Ephs.

The Ephs maintained their dominance in the freestyle events, starting with the 1000 freestyle. The Purple Cows took the top three spots, led by Caroline White '20. White swam a very consistent race, coming home with a time of 10:33.44. In second place was Aii McNamara, dropping almost seven seconds and going a season best of 10:41.84. Finally, in third place was Kerryann Reynolds '22, swimming a time of 10:49.42. The next event, the 200 freestyle, was just as successful as previous event.

Freshman Abby Matheny '22 dominated the heat and outsplit the competition in the back 100 by over two seconds, placing first in a time of 1:54.99. Coming in second was Rollie Grinder '21, swimming her first 200 freestyle of the year in a time of 1:57.32.

The 100 freestyle was also led by the Ephs, with sophomore Gwyneth Maloy '21 trying her hand at a shorter event and placing first in a time of 53.58, dropping 1.5 seconds from the last time she swam it. Anna Peterson came in second, blasting past the rest of the competition with a time 54.64.

Finally, the 500 freestyle was taken by the Ephs, with freshmen Abby Matheny '21 and Georgia Panitz '21, grabbing the first two spots, and Erin Kennedy touching in fourth place. Matheny dropped almost ten seconds from her previous 500 this season, topping the competition with a time of 5:06.97. Panitz and Kennedy both had strong and very consistent swims, going 5:12.53 and 5:17.94 respectively.

Lone Eph diver Gabriella Mercier '21 dominated the boards and our hearts today and she out-competed the competition. She placed first on both boards, trying out a new dive and perfecting her regular dives. Her seamless entrances and powerful lineups are setting her up for a great entrance into championship season.

On the meets today, Eph head coach Steve Kuster commented, "It was fun to see some women compete in different events today. We did some very good work during winter study and I'm looking forward to seeing the women put it all together in the championship season starting next weekend."

The Williams College women's swim and dive team starts their championships season next weekend with the Middlebury Invite back at Middlebury, VT. The meet starts Friday afternoon, February 1, and will be three sessions long. The first session starts at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, with the next two sessions starting at 10:00 a.m. and then later at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2.