SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Williams College Ephs opened their 2019-2020 season with a strong performance against the Springfield College Spirits with a final score of 176-110. A tough first two weeks of practice, combined with a strong team focus led to a high energy and exciting meet.
The meet opened with a first and second place finish by the 400 medley relays. The 'A' relay, comprised of Samantha Kilcoyne '23, Caroline White '20, Laura Westphal '21, and Gwyneth Maloy '21, took the top place in a time of 3:56.58. Kilcoyne set the Ephs up with a strong start with a 100 back split of 57.77, and was brought home by Maloy with a strong time of 55.21. Another notable swim was Casey DeLano's '21 anchor leg of the 'B' relay in a time of 53.91.
In the freestyle events, the Ephs proved their dominance. Kerryann Reynolds '22 cruised her way to a victory in the 1000 free in a time of 10:47.57. Fellow Ephs, Isabel Bushway '23 and Madison Annis '23, finished second and third, respectively, each of the freshmen Ephs powered their way for their first swims for the College. In the 500, the Ephs also took the top three places, led by junior Gwyneth Maloy with a 5:15.85. Sophomore Liz Ferguson '22 had an incredible swim, powering her way past the Springfield competitors, touching at 5:39.66. The 50 free was snatched by Samantha Kilcoyne '23 in a time of 24.46, followed quickly behind by Laura Westphal in 24.50.
In the stroke events, the Ephs once again demonstrated their strength, with an Eph capturing first place in every event. In the 100 butterfly, Laura Westphal '21 stormed to a first place in 58.08, her strong backhalf propelling her past the competitors. Fellow classmate Molly Craig '21 placed first in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:25.01, with Madeleine Deardorff '20 touching in second in 2:29.85. Seniors Veronica Wolff '20 and Elinor Sherman '20 also left their mark in the pool in the 200 butterfly, placing first and second in times of 2:09.21 and 2:14.23, respectively. Finally, Caroline White '20 hit the wall in first in the 200 backstroke in a time 2:12.14.
On the diving boards, the Ephs made their presence known, with Gabriella Mercier '21 and Emma Casey '23 winning 3m and 1m respectively. Helping solidify Casey's 1m win was a stellar 105c (front 2.5 tuck), whereas Mercier nailed a wonderful 303b (reverse 1.5 pike) on 3m to secure her win. On the meet, Mercier says, "I'm incredibly proud of our entire team and their support of our divers. The freshmen started off the season with a great meet, and I'm excited to see them improve in both skill and confidence from here!"
On the meet, head coach Steve Kuster remarks, "Tonight was a good first act. Looking forward to what hopefully will be an even better encore tomorrow."
The purple cows continue their dual meet season tomorrow with their home opener at 1 PM EST against Tufts, Wesleyan and WPI.