Ephwomen Continue Strong on Day 3 of NESCAC Championships

Ephwomen Continue Strong on Day 3 of NESCAC Championships
MIDDLETOWN, CT -- The Williams women continued on their quest for a NESCAC title tonight, the second full evening on competition. The Ephs won 5 of 7 events in the session. 
The session kicked off with the 200 Medley Relay. In the Consolation Final, the 'B' relay of Veronica Wolff '20 (27.26), Franny Dean '19 (30.68), Anna Peterson '22 (24.79), and Dana Chung '19 (23.76) placed second. In the 'A' final, the Williams Relay of Caroline Conforti '20 (26.45), Caroline White '20 (28.73), Maia Hare '19 (24.40), and Gwenyth Maloy '21 (23.28) utilized their field leading breaststroke splits and a come-from-behind anchor leg by Gwenyth Maloy to claim their first win of the night. 
 
The Ephs flexed their distance strength yet again in the 1000. There, Ali McNamara '19 took her first victory of the meet, touching in 10:11.11. Following her into the wall were Casey Delano '21 (2nd - 10:16.51), Kerryann Reynolds '22 (7th - 10:25.76), Kristina Barry '19 (8th - 10:27.26), Katie Orringer '21 (11th - 10:31.09), and Courtney Brown '21 (20th - 10:47.13). 
 
Up next was the 400 IM. In the Consolation Final, Abby Matheny posted a time of 4:39.41 to take 13th. In the A final, Ellie Sherman '20 cur a second and a half from her morning swim to drop down to a 4:26.89 and place third, and her teammate, Molly Craig '21, took her first NESCAC title of the meet in a time of 4:20.76, good for second in the nation. 
 
In the 100 butterfly, Williams was represented in the Consolation Final by Rollie Grinder '21 who placed 15th in 58.15. In the 'A' Final, Veronica Wolff '20 (8th - 58.62), Anna Peterson (5th - 56.14), and Maia Hare (2nd - 54.94) all competed for the Ephs. That time for Maia marks her best ever time, her first time dipping under the 55 second barrier, and places her second in the nation right now. 
Erin Kennedy '19 dropped a second and a half from her morning swim to place 18th in the 200 freestyle, finishing in a time of 1:54.76. In the next heat, Emily Lock '22 (14th - 1:54.58) and Georgia Panitz '22 (10th - 1:53.06) represented the Eph frosh well. In the final heat, Gwenyth Maloy '21 took 7th in 1:52.36, and her classmate, Laura Westphal, took her second individual NESCAC win, finishing in 1:48.54 and placing her second in the nation as well. 

The penultimate event of the session was the 100 breaststroke. Franny Dean '19 improved on her morning swim to take 12th in 1:07.21. Caroline White sought to make it two in a row, and did, adding to her 50 breast win yesterday with another in the 100, touching in 1:02.66 moving into the top 10 in the nation. 
 
The final event of the night was the 100 back, where Williams was represented by Gabby Granata '22 in the B Final and Caroline Conforti in the A Final. Granata took 11th in 58.29 and Conforti finished 8th in 58.26. 
 
On the session, Coach Kuster remarked: "We had a bit of an up and down morning, but rallied this evening and had a very strong session." 
 
The Ephs remain in first place with 1,331 points. Tufts is second with 1,063.5 and Amherst is third with 945 points.
 
The women will take a 267.5-point lead into the final day of cometition tomorrow.