WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Today, in their last home meets of the year, the Williams College Ephs brought home two victories against Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University. Although the meets were competed together, they were scored separately, with the final scores resulting in 193-107 against NYU and 177-123 against MIT. This meet serves as a capstone for the senior women – Caroline Conforti, Madeleine Deardorff, Ellie Sherman, Caroline White, and Veronica Wolff – on their home meets as Ephs.
The meet started off with the 400 medley relay, in which the Ephs snatched first and third place overall. The 'A' relay, comprised of Sam Kilcoyne '23, Caroline White '20, Veronica Wolff '20, and Laura Westphal, placed first in a time of 3:52.18, the fastest time for the women so far this season. Isabel Bushway '23, Molly Craig '21, Madeleine Deardorff '20, and Casey DeLano, the 'B' relay, beat NYU's top relay, with DeLano's anchor leg outsplitting them by 1.41 seconds. DeLano also had a stellar 200 freestyle, placing second behind an NYU swimmer, in a final time of 1:53.25. Her 200 freestyle time was an in season best time, with her last 50 the fastest in the field. Right behind were teammates Georgia Panitz '22 and Molly Craig '21. Panitz touched in third overall with a 1:55.30, with Craig close behind in a 1:55.34.
The 200 butterfly was a tight event, with the top three finishers all within almost one second of one another. Senior Veronica Wolff placed first, ahead of the field for the entirety of the race, but fighting to the finish to remain in first. Classmate Madeleine Deardorff placed third with her quick first 100 setting her up in a strong starting position. The ephs went 2:06.27 and 2:07.34, respectively.
The strongest event for the ephs today was the 500 freestyle. The Purple Cows swam their way into the top three places, once again proving the strength of Williams distance. Casey DeLano and Georgia Panitz '22 battled their way to the top two places, with DeLano ultimately taking the top spot. While Panitz's backhalf of the race was faster, DeLano's fronthalf ultimately proved too quick to be topped. DeLano clocked in a 5:05.06, with Panitz touching in at a 5:05.45. Rounding off the top three of the Ephs was Kerryann Reynolds '22. After swimming the mile earlier in the meet, Reynolds showed resiliency in the 500 and beat out the next competitor by 0.08 seconds, finishing with a 5:11.91.
Another grueling event, the 400 individual medley, was a successful one for the Ephs. Molly Craig '21 paved the way for the Ephs in a 4:29.32. Her swim was highlighted by her quick backstroke split of a 1:07.3. Coming in second was senior Madeleine Deardorff, who had her best ever in season 400 IM, racing a competitor to the finish and placing second behind Craig in a 4:36.19. Finally, in fifth place overall was Katie Orringer '21 with a 4:38.63. In the most exciting finish of the meet, Orringer outtouched her competitor by 0.01.
On the boards, despite the stiff and numerous competition, the ephs made their presence known. On 1 meter, Gabby Mercier '21 placed second by 1.5 points, almost edging out the competition, and Emma Casey '23 placed ninth, whose 1m competition was highlighted by scoring an 8 on her 203b (back one and a half pike). On 3 meter, the ephwomen placed third and fourth, respectively. The Ephs are still perfecting their impressive new lineup on three meter, with Mercier throwing a great 205c (back two and a half tuck) and Casey completing a wonderful 305c (reverse two and a half tuck).
On the competition and the continuation of the Ephs' winning streak today, now at 105, head coach Steve Kuster remarked, "I thought today was a pretty gutsy effort from our group. We handled two very good opponents despite a few illnesses and a lot of fatigue and tiredness. Great to see the seniors wrap up their home careers with two hard fought victories."
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