In their second meet of the year, the Williams College Women's Swim and Dive team defeated Tufts, Wesleyan, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, marking their 100th consecutive Division III dual meet win. The streak started in 2008, and 144 ephwomen have fought throughout eleven years to keep the streak alive. On the streak, head coach Steve Kuster says, "It's quite an accomplishment that spans many years and has seen a ton of outstanding Ephwomen contribute to the tally. I'm thinking of all of those previous teams today (as well as this year's) and reflecting on how great it has been to be a part of this storied program whose successes were present long before me with the likes of Coach Samuelson, Coach Muir and beyond. I look forward to the challenge of keeping the streak going, but mostly I'm excited to keep working to make this program something we continue to be proud of."
The meet started off with the 50s of every stroke. While these events are not normally included in a dual meet lineup, this inclusion emulates the NESCAC event lineup. The Ephs snatched the top spots in all of the 50s, with Caroline White '20 leading the way in the 50 breaststroke. White touched in at a 30.80, with Amanda Wager '23 hot on her tail in a second place finish at 31.13. In the 50 butterfly, Samantha Kilcoyne '23 cruised into a first place finish in 25.53, with Anna Peterson '22 beating out the rest of the competition in a 26.48, a strong first swim of the season. Senior Caroline Conforti '20 showed off her underwaters and propelled herself to a first place finish in the 50 backstroke, with Gabby Granata '22 touching in third; the ephwomen went 26.99 and 28.50 respectively. Finally, the ephwomen claimed the top three events in the 50 freestyle, flexing their sprinting prowess. Laura Westphal '21 paved the way for her fellow purple cows in a time of 23.87, with Samantha Kilcoyne '23 (24.52) and Gwyneth Maloy '21 (24.64) touching in soon after.
The longer events were just as successful as the shorter ones, with junior Molly Craig '21 touching in first in the 500 freestyle (5:06.46) and the 400 Individual Medley (4:27.95). Close behind her in both of the events was Abby Matheny '22, placing fourth in the 500 freestyle in a 5:11.62 and second in the 400 Individual Medley with a 4:40.65. Another notable swims included a stellar 200 butterfly by Veronica Wolff '20. While the backhalf of a 200 butterfly is no walk in the park, Wolff powered through the pain and outtouched the competition, Molly Craig, in a time of 2:08.36. Additionally, Laura Westphal '21 swam her first 200 freestyle of the season, her strong backhalf spurring her to a first place finish in a time of 1:53.01. Classmate Casey DeLano hit in second place with a 1:55.22, a strong first swim for the Eph as well.
Dynamic duo Gabriella Mercier '21 and Emma Casey '23 made their presence known on the boards today. They used yesterday as a nice warmup to dominate the competition, demanding attention on the boards and making their presence known in the NESCAC and beyond. Mercier took home first place on both boards, earning an emphatic round of applause for her 405c on 3m(inward two and a half tuck). Casey, in her second collegiate meet, placed third on the 3m and second on 1m, qualifying her second diving regionals score, her competition highlighted by a phenomenal 5233d on3m (back one and a half flips, one and a half twists free).
On the meet overall, Kuster remarks, "I really liked the intentions that the women showed up with today. I could tell during warm-up that they intended to get after it with a motivated and determined energy today, and that's what they did. Not every swim and dive was great, but they were not going to be denied. That's the kind of approach and attitude we need more often. If we can harness it, there are very good things ahead for this group."
The purple cows continue their 2019-2020 meet season next weekend against Union College. They compete against Union at home at 1:00PM EST on Saturday, November 23.