Middlebury, VT – On the third day of the 2020 Women's NESCAC Championship, the Ephwomen brought the fire to the Middlebury Natatorium. After an intense session full of energy and fast swimming, the Ephs finished with three individual NESCAC Champions and a relay NESCAC title.
The evening session opened with the 200 yard Medley Relay, in which the team of Caroline Conforti (25.91), Caroline White (28.77), Samantha Kilcoyne (24.16), and Gwyenth Maloy (23.34) led Williams to victory in 1:42.18. It was a close race as the Amherst relay was hot on their heels, but the Williams women pulled away, setting a new pool record and making a NCAA B cut.
Casey Delano started the Ephs off to a fantastic start, as the junior won the first individual event of the night. Delano took first in the 1000 yard freestyle with a 10:13.27, and was followed by Kerryann Reynolds in fourth and Maddie Annis in sixth.
In the 400 Individual Medley, Molly Craig won the NESCAC title in a whopping 4:19.98. The three-time NESCAC Champion came up first off the start and built on her lead throughout the entire race, finishing over four seconds ahead of the field. Madeline Deardorff finished in 4:26.59, cutting over a second off her best time and placing in fifth.
Samantha Kilcoyne, Anna Peterson, and Veronica Wolff represented Williams in the top heat of the 100 yard butterfly. Kilcoyne finished in third, dropping a speedy 55.24, and Peterson and Wolff finished in seventh and eighth respectively.
Laura Westphal took third in the 200 yard freestyle. The junior was neck-to-neck with two Tufts swimmers, battling for position the whole race and finishing in 1:49.38.
In the 100 yard breaststroke, Caroline White dropped over a second from her prelims time to grab the NESCAC title. White overtook Fitzgerald of Amherst in the final lap, and as she sped to a first place finish in 1:02.47 the spectators erupted in one of the loudest moments of the meet.
Williams heads into the final day of the championship with 1372.5 points. Tufts follows the Ephs with 1141.5, and Amherst follows the Jumbos with 979. Williams, suited well to the longer races of Sunday, will perform well in the 200s of stroke, 1650 yard freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 400 freestyle relay, so make sure to tune into prelims which start at 10:00am.