MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Williams captured its third consecutive NESCAC Women’s Swimming & Diving title and 15th overall, amassing 2,045 points during the 2016 championship meet in the Middlebury Natatorium. Amherst finished in second place with 1,343 points, followed by Bates (1,317.5), Middlebury (1,090.5) and Connecticut College (1,013) to round out the top five teams.
Megan Pierce opened the final evening session with her second individual victory of the weekend for Williams, capturing the 1,650-yard freestyle with a meet-record and pool-record time of 16:41.90, an NCAA provisional time. Pierce tallied her second win of the night and third individual victory overall in Sunday’s final individual event, stopping the clock first in the 200-yard butterfly with an NCAA provisional mark of 2:02.07. She was also victorious in Saturday’s 400-yard individual medley.
Katherine Bennett of Williams captured her second crown of the championship by winning the 200-yard backstroke in a meet-record and pool-record result of 1:57.70, just missing an NCAA automatic-qualifying time by .06 seconds. Bennett also swam to the 50-yard backstroke title during Friday’s evening session.
Emma Waddell of Williams won her second title of the weekend by taking the 100-yard freestyle in 50.35, an NCAA provisional time. Waddell’s other winning performance was recorded on Saturday in the 100-yard butterfly.
Amherst’s Emily Hyde closed out her fantastic individual effort with her third win for the weekend in Sunday’s 200-yard breaststroke. She touched the wall Sunday with a new NCAA Division III record time of 2:12.22, setting new NESCAC, meet and pool records in the process. The previous NCAA Division III record of 2:12.83 was set by Williams' Lindsay Payne in 2006. Hyde's winning time was 2.36 seconds below the NCAA automatic-qualifying mark.
Williams’ Ari Ross earned the 3-meter diving title with an NCAA provisional score of 485.40 after setting a pool record in the morning preliminary dives by accumulating 487.00 points. Sunday’s win completed the weekend sweep on the boards for Ross, who claimed the 1-meter win on Friday evening.
The Ephs closed out the three-day meet with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Lauren Jones, Maddie Downs, Faye Sultan and Waddell touched the wall ahead of Bowdoin for first place with an NCAA provisional and pool-record time of 3:26.35.
Final Team Standings
1. Williams - 2,045
2. Amherst - 1,343
3. Bates - 1,317.5
4. Middlebury - 1,090.5
5. Connecticut College - 1,013
6. Bowdoin - 959
7. Tufts - 720
8. Wesleyan - 546
9. Hamilton - 470
10. Colby - 402
11. Trinity - 247