NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships Begin Friday

NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships Begin Friday

HADLEY, Mass.  - Williams looks to capture its third consecutive conference title and 15th overall title when the 2016 NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships begin on Friday, February 12, with preliminary heats in the morning followed by championship events in the evening. This year’s three-day championship will take place at the Middlebury Natatorium.

Competition will get underway each day with preliminary heats at 10 a.m. Finals will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, 5:50 p.m. on Saturday and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $8 per session or $45 for an all-session pass for adults and $3 per session for children and students. Doors will open 60 minutes prior to the preliminaries and finals. Live webcasts and results from the NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be available throughout the weekend at nescac.com.

Williams successfully defended its NESCAC title in 2015 by swimming away from the competition after amassing a conference-record 2,103.5 points. Bates recorded a program-best second place finish after tallying 1,345 points. Middlebury landed in third place with 1,203 points followed by Amherst in fourth place (1,042). Bowdoin turned in a school-record 932.5 points for fifth place, which was the best finish in program history. Connecticut College placed sixth (839) followed by Tufts (795) and Wesleyan (578.5) in seventh and eighth, respectively. Colby (448.5), Hamilton (435) and Trinity (355) rounded out the final team standings.

Schedule
Webcast
Live Swimming Results
Psych Sheet
2015 Team Standings
2015 Individual Winners

Amherst senior Emily Hyde (Clinton, N.Y.) looks to cap off her collegiate career by finishing as four-time event champion in the 200 breaststroke and third-time champion in the 100 breaststroke. She enters both events with the top time, but will face tough competition. Hyde aims to regain championship form in the 200 individual medley, an event she won in 2013 and 2014, before Williams sophomore Emma Waddell (Bangor, Maine) touched the wall first last year. Waddell heads to Middlebury as the defending champion in the 100 freestyle, where she will contend with 2014 champion Faye Sultan (Abu Hasaniya, Kuwait), a senior from Williams, and Bates sophomore Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas), who boasts the top time this season. McGill also enters the 50 freestyle as the defending champion and the top seed.  

Senior Sarah Conklin (Newton, Mass.) of Amherst also hopes to end up as a four-time event champion in the 50 butterfly, as she holds the third-best time behind Williams first-year Maia Hare (New York, N.Y.) and Waddell. Conklin is hoping to return to the top of the podium in the 100 and 200 butterfly. She won the 100 butterfly in 2013 and 2014 before Waddell, the owner of this season’s top time, won the event in 2015. In order for Conklin to capture first in 200 butterfly like she did in 2013, she will have to defeat two-time defending champion Megan Pierce (Wayland, Mass.) of Williams. The junior travels to Vermont looking to sweep the 200 and 400 individual medleys, as she possesses the events’ fastest times and is the back-to-back champion in the 400 individual medley. 

The backstroke events will be hotly contested between a trio of returning champions. Bates senior Whitney Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.) aims to repeat as the 50 backstroke champion, and is seeded just behind Williams senior Katherine Bennett (Arlington, Va.), who won the 200 backstroke in 2014. Paine owns the top mark in the 100 backstroke, but will contend with Bennett and defending 100 and 200 backstroke champion junior Olivia Jackson (Darien, Conn.) of Williams. 

Other returning champions include Connecticut College junior Valerie Urban (Lancaster, Pa.) in the 1,000 freestyle and Williams junior Ariana Ross (New Canaan, Conn.) on the 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards.

New event champions will be crowned in the 200, 500 and 1,650 freestyles following the graduation of two-time NESCAC Swimmer of the Meet and Four-Year High Point Swimmer Sarah Thompson from Williams. A fresh face will also win the 50 breaststroke due to the graduation of four-time event winner Jamie Hillas of Middlebury.

Williams, which swept all five relay events last year and posted four new meet records in the process, has the top times in the 400 and 800 freestyle relays and the 200 medley relay. Bates holds the quickest time in the 200 freestyle relay, while Amherst owns the best mark in the 400 medley relay.

50-YARD FREESTYLE    

   
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
24.02 Logan McGill, Bates

24.13 Emma Waddell, Williams 

24.38 Shannon Cry, Connecticut College
2015 Champion 23.27 #
Logan McGill, Bates
2014 Champion
23.54   Julia Pielock, Connecticut College 
2013 Champion  23.47 
Julia Pielock, Connecticut College 
     
100-YARD FREESTYLE    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
52.60 Logan McGill, Bates 

52.78 Emma Waddell, Williams 

53.03 Faye Sultan, Williams
2015 Champion
50.33
Emma Waddell, Williams 
2014 Champion
51.21
Faye Sultan, Williams 
2013 Champion
51.62  Julia Pielock, Connecticut College 
     
200-YARD FREESTYLE    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
1:53.50 Kristina Barry, Williams

1:53.88 Lauren Jones, Williams

1:54.75 Sam Pierce, Connecticut College
2015 Champion
1:51.25  Sarah Thompson, Williams  
2014 Champion  1:51.42  Sarah Thompson, Williams  
2013 Champion  1:50.56  Sarah Thompson, Williams 
     
500-YARD FREESTYLE    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
5:04.41  Kristina Barry, Williams 

5:04.58  Megan Pierce, Williams

5:05.29 Lauren Jones, Williams
2015 Champion
4:56.40  Sarah Thompson, Williams 
2014 Champion  4:57.51  Sarah Thompson, Williams  
2013 Champion  4:53.21  Stephanie Ternullo, Amherst 
     
1,000-YARD FREESTYLE    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
10:22.56   Kristina Barry, Williams  

10:27.64
Valerie Urban, Connecticut College

10:35.40 Emma Sawkins, Williams
2015 Champion
10:16.67  Valerie Urban, Connecticut College 
2014 Champion  10.17.06  Julia Smachlo, Bates 
2013 Champion  10:18.52  Charlotte Chudy, Amherst 
     
1,650-YARD FREESTYLE   (using 1,000-yard freestyle times)
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
10:20.91 Megan Pierce, Williams 

10:27.64  Valerie Urban, Connecticut College

10:35.40 Emma Sawkins, Williams
2015 Champion
16:53.55# Sarah Thompson, Williams
2014 Champion  16:54.08  Sarah Thompson, Williams 
2013 Champion  16:56.54  Sarah Thompson, Williams 
     
50-YARD BACKSTROKE    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
26.99  Katherine Bennett, Williams 

27.03  Whitney Paine, Bates 

27.43 Stephanie Moriarty, Amherst
2015 Champion
26.22  Whitney Paine, Bates 
2014 Champion  26.04  Maggie Rosenbaum, Hamilton 
2013 Champion  25.80 Maggie Rosenbaum, Hamilton 
     
100-YARD BACKSTROKE    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
57.29 Whitney Paine, Bates

57.38 
Katherine Bennett, Williams 

57.51 
Olivia Jackson, Williams 
2015 Champion
55.54  Olivia Jackson, Williams 
2014 Champion  54.95  Maggie Rosenbaum, Hamilton 
2013 Champion  54.70 #  Maggie Rosenbaum, Hamilton 
     
200-YARD BACKSTROKE    

   
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
2:02.86  Katherine Bennett, Wiliams 

2:03.52  Olivia Jackson, Williams 

2:04.38 Bridgitte Kwong, Amherst
2015 Champion
1:58.59 #  Olivia Jackson, Williams 
2014 Champion  1:59.22  Katherine Bennett, Williams 
2013 Champion  1:59.13  Maggie Rosenbaum, Hamilton 
     
50-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
31.03
Melissa Paione, Bates 

31.31
Katie Smith, Amherst

31.35 Breanna Nguyen, Williams
2015 Champion
28.82  Jamie Hillas, Middlebury 
2014 Champion  29.10  Jamie Hillas, Middlebury/Jenny Hu, Tufts 
2013 Champion  29.82  Jamie Hillas, Middlebury 
     
100-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
1:04.50  Emily Hyde, Amherst

1:06.35  Breanna Nguyen, Williams 

1:07.08 Kristy Prelgovisk, Bates
2015 Champion
1:02.56  Emily Hyde, Amherst 
2014 Champion  1:03.89  Emily Hyde, Amherst 
2013 Champion  1:05.15  Jenny Hu, Tufts  
     
200-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
2:20.52  Emily Hyde, Amherst 

2:24.99  Breanna Nguyen, Williams 

2:25.66 Anna Kimura, Tufts
2015 Champion
2:16.61 #  Emily Hyde, Amherst 
2014 Champion  2:18.11  Emily Hyde, Amherst 
2013 Champion  2:18.75  Emily Hyde, Amherst 
50-YARD BUTTERFLY    

   
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
25.54  Maia Hare, Williams

25.75 Emma Waddell, Williams 

25.95 Sarah Conklin, Amherst
2015 Champion
24.73
Sarah Conklin, Amherst
2014 Champion
25.11 
Sarah Conklin, Amherst 
2013 Champion
25.09  Sarah Conklin, Amherst  
     
100-YARD BUTTERFLY    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
56.57 Emma Waddell, Williams

56.59  Lindsey Prelgovisk, Bates

57.27 Sarah Conklin, Amherst
2015 Champion
54.09 #  Emma Waddell, Williams 
2014 Champion  56.12
Sarah Conklin, Amherst  
2013 Champion  55.66   Sarah Conklin, Amherst 
     
200-YARD BUTTERFLY    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
2:04.21  Megan Pierce, Williams 

2:06.84  Geralyn Lam, Amherst 

2:07.30 Sarah Conklin, Amherst
2015 Champion
2:02.81  Megan Pierce, Williams 
2014 Champion  2:05.23  Megan Pierce, Williams 
2013 Champion
2:04.73  Sarah Conklin, Amherst 
     
200-YARD IM    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
2:06.92 Megan Pierce, Williams 

2:07.72  Sara Daher, Bates

2:08.72 Geralyn Lam, Amherst
2015 Champion
2:02.14 Emma Waddell, Williams 
2014 Champion  2:03.73  Emily Hyde, Amherst 
2013 Champion  2:03.15  Emily Hyde, Amherst 
     
400-YARD IM    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
4:28.05 Megan Pierce, Williams 

4:32.64  Sara Daher, Bates 

4:33.65 Kathrine Bennett, Williams
2015 Champion
4:21.19  Megan Pierce, Williams 
2014 Champion  4:23.02  Megan Pierce, Williams 
2013 Champion  4:23.39   Caroline Wilson, Williams 
     
1-METER DIVING (11 Dives)    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
473.47 Ariana Ross, Williams

351.15 Devon Cooper, Wesleyan

339.90 Emily Kessler, Wesleyan
2015 Champion
473.50  Ariana Ross, Williams 
2014 Champion  465.25  Lizzy Linsmayer, Amherst 
2013 Champion  478.45  Lizzy Linsmayer, Amherst 
     
3-METER DIVING (11 Dives)    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
251.60  Katherine Stevenson, Bates 

236.15 Marisa Sittheeamorn, Bates 

229.45 Christine Andersen, Bowdoin
2015 Champion
511.30  Ariana Ross, Williams 
2014 Champion  499.70  McKenzie Murdoch, Williams 
2013 Champion  457.95  Michelle Higgins, Williams 
     
200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
1:37.20  Bates 

1:37.42 Middlebury

1:37.75 Williams
2015 Champion
1:34.36 #  Williams 
2014 Champion  1:34.94  Williams 
2013 Champion  1:34.97  Amherst 
     
400-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    

   
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
3:31.42  Williams 

3:32.40  Amherst

3:33.92 Bates
2015 Champion
3:23.84 #  Williams 
2014 Champion  3:27.67  Williams 
2013 Champion  3:26.23  Williams 
     
800-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
7:35.60  Williams 

7:44.43 Bates 

7:44.59 Connecticut College
2015 Champion
7:30.49  Williams 
2014 Champion  7:30.53  Williams 
2013 Champion  7:30.34  Williams 
     
200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
1:45.71  Williams 

1:46.25  Amherst 

1:47.35 Bates
2015 Champion
1:43.22 #  Williams 
2014 Champion  1:44.49  Amherst 
2013 Champion  1:44.54  Amherst 
     
400-YARD MEDLEY RELAY    
     
2015-16 Top 3 Entries
3:53.43  Amherst 

3:54.82  Williams

3:58.67 Bates
2015 Champion
3:44.22 #  Williams 
2014 Champion  3:47.99  Amherst 
2013 Champion  3:46.58  Amherst  

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