WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Williams College topped Union College in their last meet of the 2019 calendar year. The Ephs beat the Dutchmen 199-91. The purple cows took first place in every event, and now have their sights set on their competition in the second half of the season.
The meet opened with the 200 medley relay, in which the Ephs snagged the top three spots. The Carolines (Caroline Conforti '20 and Caroline White '20), the medley relay duo who was paired together for the first time of the 2019-2020 season, set the relay off to a strong start, with Anna Peterson '22 and Georgia Panitz '22 closing out the race for the Ephs, taking the top spot. Other notable swims from the medley relay came from Amanda Wager '23 who split 30.64 in the 50 breaststroke and Rollie Grinder '21 who closed out the C relay in a 24.84 50 freestyle.
Despite the Ephs placing first in all the events, the 200s of stroke featured strong performances by the Ephs. The 200 butterfly displayed some strong swims by the Ephwomen competing in it. Madeleine Deardorff '20 snuck in first place in a 2:09.34, two seconds faster than her 200 butterfly last weekend. Sprinter Samantha Kilcoyne '23 tried her hand at a longer event this weekend, which resulted in much success. She touched in second place in a 2:10.63, with her last 50 of 34.09 the fastest in the field. Molly Craig '21 won the 200 backstroke in a 2:07.84, her second 100 outsplitting her first 100. Sophomores Gabby Granata and Abby Matheny rounded out the top three places, going 2:08.26 and 2:09.67, respectively. The 200 breaststroke featured freshmen breaststroker Amanda Wager '23 who crushed the competition in her first 200 breaststroke of the season. She cruised to a time of 2:23.49, with Veronica Wolff '20 touching in second place in a 2:31.01, her first 200 breaststroke in college. In the 200 Individual Medley. Senior Veronica Wolff dominated the field, plowing past the competition in a 2:10.13. Her speedy butterfly and backstroke splits powered her past the competition, ousting the rest of the field by 2.5 seconds. Freestyler Casey DeLano tried her hand at all the strokes today, and placed second in a 2:12.82, her quick last 50 freestyle allowing her to skirt past her competitors.
Another notable event was the 100 butterfly, with the top three Ephs all swimming the event in under one minute. Anna Peterson '22 placed first in 58.79, with her quick first 50 setting herself up for the win. Molly Craig '21 hit in second in a time of 58.88, and classmate Rollie Grinder '21 third with a 59.79.
Dynamic diving duo Gabriella Mercier '21 and Emma Casey '23 took the top two places on both 1m and 3m yet again. First place on both boards went to Mercier, who recorded her highest 3m score of the year. Casey's highlight was her 405c (inward two and a half tuck), which scored 7.5s.
The Ephs will continue their season next year, with their first meet back against rival Amherst College on January 11 at 1 PM EST at Amherst.