Middlebury, VT – The Ephwomen began the 2020 NESCAC Championship in style as the 800 freestyle relay team of Casey Delano, Molly Craig, Gwyneth Maloy, and Laura Westphal won the first event of the weekend, taking home a meet and pool record.
Tufts finished second in 7:26.71, and Amherst followed close behind in a 7:26.88. The relay took a quick lead as Delano led off in a best time, touching down in a 1:49.90, nearly three seconds ahead of the field. Craig built on the lead, dropping a 1:49.86 and Maloy swam a speedy 1:51.87. Laura Westphal, who placed second at the 2019 Division 3 Nationals in the 200 freestyle, anchored the relay in an impressive 1:49.13, the fastest split of the night. The Ephs finished in a cumulative time of 7:20.76, six seconds ahead of the competition.
The team of Georgia Panitz (1:54.22), Emily Lock (1:54.80), Isabel Bushway (1:54.48), and Abby Methany (1:51.43) took second in the B heat, finishing behind a quick Tufts relay but ahead of Amherst and the rest of the NESCAC.
The Ephs will head into tomorrow's session with 86 total points, ahead of Tufts with 82 and Amherst with 74. Friday's lineup includes the 50s of stroke, the 200 Individual Medley, and the 500 freestyle. Tune in here at 9:45am to watch the Ephwomen tear up the pool!