CLINTON, NY – In the last dual meets of the 2019-2020 season, the Wiliams College Ephs topped the Hamilton College Continentals 187-102 and the Middlebury College Panthers 187-108 to complet their season 11-0 and run thier win strak to 108. Similar to yesterday, while the meets were competed together, they were scored separately. This meet did not house as stiff competition as yesterday, allowing the team to compete in their less typical events.
Unique to this meet was the opportunity to swim the 50s of stroke, rather than the 200s of stroke. First up was the 50 backstroke, in which Caroline Conforti '20 sped her way to the top finish in a 27.21. Classmate Veronica Wolff tried her hand at sprinting and clocked a fifth place finish in a time of 28.46, with Gwyneth Maloy '21 finishing in eighth overall in 29.43. The 50 breast followed backstroke, with eph duo Caroline White and Sarah Johnson '23 finishing in the top two spots. White finished in first with a 31.44, with lots of ground to make up after Johnson's quick start. Johnson touched in at a 31.91. Finally, butterfly queen Sam Kilcoyne '23 propelled her way to a first place finish in a 25.74, with her high tempo setting her apart from the field. Other notable swims in the event came from Sarah Johnson (fourth place, 27.27), Madeleine Deardorff '20 (fifth place, 27.29), and Laura Westphal '21 (sixth place, 27.49).
The 200 individual medley was a strong event for the ephs. Senior Caroline White, despite a slow start, locked in first place with her speedy back 100; her final time was a 2:10.78. Freshmen Isabel Bushway and Sam Kilcoyne battled it out for third and fourth places. Bushway's backstroke split ultimately proved too fast for Kilcoyne's freestyle leg, with Bushway taking third in a 2:14.19 and Kilcoyne touching fourth in 2:14.58. Bushway also had a strong 500 freestyle, holding a very consistent pace and finishing first in a 5:11.53. Kerryann Reynolds '22, swimming her second 500 freestyle in a 24-hour period, touched second in 5:17.59. Other first places from the ephs included Madeleine Deardorff '20 in the 100 butterfly (59.19), Veroinca Wolff '20 in the 100 backstroke (1:00.56), and Sam Kilcoyne '23 in the 200 freestyle (1:57.77).
Diving duo Emma Casey '23 and Gabby Mercier '21 continued to work on their new lists on both 1 meter and 3 meter. On 1m, Mercier took first place, highlighted by her receiving an 8 on her 403b (inward one and a half pike). Casey also received three 7's on her 104b (front double pike) on 1m, placing second. On 3m, the ephs switched places, with Casey placing first and Mercier finishing second.
While these meets concluded the dual meet season for the ephs, their season is far from over. The team travels to Middlebury next weekend to begin their championship season with Middlebury Invite. The meet has three sessions, starting at 5PM on Friday, January 31, 10AM on Saturday, February 1, and 5PM later that day.