Ephs Impress on Day 1 of NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships

Ephs Impress on Day 1 of NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships

MIDDLETOWN, CONN. – The Williams College women's swimming and diving team opened defense of the NESCAC title in an impressive manner Thursday evening breaking two pool records and setting a NESCAC meet record in the 800 freestyle relay. 

Under the new four-day format for the NESCAC Championship the 800 freestyle relay was the lone event contested on the opening night. There were four heats of the relay and the Ephs competed in heats two and four.

The Eph relay team of Georgia Panitz Gwyneth Maloy, Emily Lock, and Molly Craig set a Wesleyan Natatorium record with a time of 7:28.04, which is an NCAA B cut time.

That record time only lasted until the Eph quartet of  Casey Delano, Alison McNamara, Abby Matheny and Laura Westphal competed in the fourth and final race of the evening.

This Eph quartet lowered the Wesleyan Natatorium record time to 7:21.97 (NCAA B Cut) and established a NESCAC meet record as well. 

The Ephs will take a 12-point lead over Tufts, 90-78, into day two of the championships on Friday.

Day 2 of the NESCAC Championships gets underway with prelim swims at 10 a.m. The diving trials are set for 2 p.m. and Friday's finals are set to begin at 6 p.m.

1. Williams -- 90 points
2.  Tufts -- 78 points
3.  Connecticut College -- 72 points
3.  Amherst -- 72 points
5.  Bates -- 66 points
6.  Bowdoin -- 60 points
7.  Wesleyan -- 58 points
8.  Colby -- 54 points
9.  Middlebury -- 52 points
10. Hamilton -- 46 points
11. Trinity -- 42 points