Middlebury, VT – The Williams team followed up their first victory last night with a successful Friday session. Featuring the 50s of stroke, 200 Individual Medley, 500 freestyle, and two relays, the meet was electric as Williams pulled further ahead of Tufts and Amherst. The Ephwomen won both relays, setting a pool record in both the 200 yard freestyle relay and getting a NCAA B cut in the 400 Medley, and Williams took home three individual NESCAC titles.
The evening session began with the 200 yard freestyle relay, in which the team of Gwyenth Maloy (24.04), Samantha Kilcoyne (23.24), Molly Craig (23.52), and Laura Westphal (23.01) won the NESCAC title in a blistering time of 1:33.81. Not only did the speedy relay qualify for an NCAA B cut, but they upset the pool record and set the tone for the rest of the night.
In the first individual event of the meet, the Williams breaststroke group demonstrated their prowess in the 50 yard breaststroke. All three of the women moved up from their prelims seeding and dropped time this evening, with Sarah Johnson finishing in ninth in 29.80, Amanda Wager finishing in fifth in 29.71. Caroline White was runner-up with a 29.21.
Samantha Kilcoyne took home the first individual NESCAC title for the Ephwomen, dropping an astounding 24.65. The crowd went wild as the first-year came out of the turn ahead of a Tufts rival and sailed to victory. Rollie Grinder took fifth for the Ephs in 25.39, and Anna Peterson won a fast B heat in 25.35.
The 500 freestyle featured sixth Ephs competing in a crowded field. Laura Westphal, a national champion in the 500, took first place in 4:53.46, earning her a NESCAC title and the second fastest time in Division 3 this year. Casey Delano moved up two spots from prelims, placing sixth with a three second best time of 4:56.18, and Abby Matheny took ninth in 4:56.27.
Caroline Conforti represented Williams in the 50 backstroke, dropping time from prelims and placing third with a 25.88.
The 200 Individual Medley was a deep event for the women with five Ephs competing. Molly Craig won the event in a blinding 2:02.29, finishing nearly two seconds ahead of the field. Teammates Madeline Deardorff and Veronica Wolff followed suite in fourth and fifth with a 2:05.79 and 2:06.02 respectively.
On the 1 meter board, Gabby Mercier and Emma Casey moved up from the morning, with Mercier finishing in third with 447.80 points and Casey finishing in fifth with 427.75.
The team of Caroline Conforti (57.18), Caroline White (1:02.70), Samantha Kilcoyne (54.40), and Laura Westphal (50.61) finished off the evening, winning the 400 medley in 3:44.89. Williams leads Tufts by 40 points, 754 – 714, as the two teams head into the third day.
Saturday will feature 100s of stroke, the 200 freestyle, 1000 freestyle, and 400 Individual Medley as well as the 200 Medley relay.