AMHERST, MA --In the Williams College Swim and Dive's first dual meet of the decade, the Purple Cows mooooved past rival Amherst College Mamoths.
The meet started with the 200 medley relay in which the Ephs set the tone by breaking the pool record in a time of 1:45.14. The quartet, composed of Caroline Conforti '20, Caroline White '20, Sam Kilcoyne '23, and Laura Westphal '21 stormed past the competition on the back half of the race, with Kilcoyne and Westphal splitting 24.41 and 23.57, respectively.
Following the tone set by the relay, Williams distance continued the success by placing in the top three spots in the 1000 freestyle. Sophomores Abby Matheny and Kerryann Reynolds battled for the top spot, with Mathey's strong front half propelling her to a victory in a time of 10:33.90 (Reynolds was a 10:35.69). In her first 1000 of the season, Katie Orringer '21 rounded out the Ephs with a 10:42.70. Later in the meet, the Williams distance prowess continued, with Casey DeLano '21 paving the way in the 500 in a time of 5:05.23. This swim was an in season best time and was only five seconds off her best time. Versatile Molly Craig '21 touched in second in a 5:06.47, and Kerryann Reynolds '22 hit in a 5:11.15 in fourth place.
Freshmen Sam Kilcoyne brought the house down with her 100 butterfly, her time breaking the Amherst College pool record. Her udder-ly incredible time of 55.52 not only was an NCAA 'B' cut time, but her new record erases that of prior Ephwoman Logan Todhunter set in 2012. Following behind Kilcoyne were fellow Ephs Veronica Wolff '20 and Anna Peterson '22. Wolff's quick second 50 shot her ahead of Peterson, the Ephs finishing in 57.98 and 58.30, respectively.
Other notable swims included Gabby Granata's '22 100 backstroke, in which she tied for first in a 59.20. Despite being in fourth place after the first 50, Granata was the only swimmer in the field to finish the race under 30 (in 29.99). Another standout swim was from Sam Kilcoyne '23 in the 50 freestyle, in which the baby eph went 24.31, showing her diversity in sprinting events. Gwyneth Maloy '21 was close behind in a 24.46.
Dynamic, determined, and delightful diving duo Emma Casey '23 and Gabriella Mercier '21 dominated the discipline. To start, they broke the Amherst winning streak on 1-meter, with Mercier and Casey placing first and second, respectively. Both Ephs competed new dives, with Casey showing off her 303b (reverse one and a half flips pike) and Mercier flexing her 5233d (back one and a half flips, one and a half twists free). While competing a new dive in a six dive list is impressive, it is more impressive to compete two new dives in a six dive list, which is what the Ephwomen did on 3-meter. Both women threw 107 (front three and a half flips) and 305 (reverse two and a half) for the first times, with both dives receiving solid scores from the judges. Mercier placed third and Casey placed fourth on 3m, rounding out the successful day for the Ephs. While the Ephwomen made massive strides on the boards (and not just in their hurdles), there is still room for improvement, and they are looking forward to attacking practice again.
The Ephs rounded out the meet with 200 individual medley and the 400 freestyle relay. In the 200 IM, IM queen Molly Craig '21 touched in first with a speedy 2:06.63, highlighted by her quick backstroke split. Veronica Wolff '20 hit in second with a 2:08.20, a two second drop from her prior in season best time. Finally, the Ephs took first, third, and fifth in the 400 freestyle relay. The winning quarter of Gwyneth Maloy '21, Sam Kilcoyne '23, Casey DeLano '21, and Laura Westphal '21 hit in a season best time of 3:31.50.
On the win at rival Amherst College today, head coach Steve Kuster states, "I think this was a really quality win for us today. We had loads of people contribute on a multitude of events. I saw lots of positives and also several areas where we can be better, both of which make me feel good about where this team is headed."
The Ephs continue their 2019-2020 season on Saturday, January 18 against Connecicut College at the Samuelson-Muir pool. The meet starts at 1pm.