NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships Begin Friday

NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships Begin Friday

HADLEY, Mass.  - The Williams women’s swimming and diving team, the three-time defending NESCAC Champion, aims to capture its 16th overall conference title when the 2017 NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships begin on Friday, February 10, with preliminary heats in the morning followed by championship races in the evening. This year’s three-day championship will take place at Greason Pool on the campus of Bowdoin College.

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 for adults and $3 per session for children and students. Doors will open 60 minutes prior to the preliminaries and finals. No pre-sale tickets will be available, as all tickets will be sold at the door. Live webcasts and results from the NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be available throughout the weekend at nescac.com. The webcast will be available at www.nsnsports.net/conferences/nescac/.

2016 NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship   
Schedule
Webcast
Live Swimming Results
Psych Sheet
2016 Team Standings
2016 Individual Winners

Williams outdistanced the field with 2,045 points to win its third straight NESCAC title in 2016. Amherst (1,343) edged Bates (1,317.5) to finish second, while Middlebury (1,090.5) and Connecticut College (1,013) rounded out the top five. Bowdoin placed sixth (959) followed by Tufts (720) and Wesleyan (546) in seventh and eighth, respectively. Hamilton (470), Colby (402) and Trinity (247) rounded out the final team standings.

Williams junior Emma Waddell (Bangor, Maine) is the two-time defending champion in the 100 freestyle and holds the top time in the event heading into this year’s championship. She also owns the fastest time in the 50 freestyle, but four rookies are set to challenge her for first place, led by Amherst rookie Ingrid Shu (Montville, N.J.). In the 100, Waddell’s competition includes first-year Natalie Rumpelt (Loudonville, N.Y.) of Amherst and Bowdoin sophomore Sterling Dixon (New York, N.Y.). In the 200 freestyle, senior Lauren Jones (Frisco, Texas) of Williams has posted the fastest time of the year followed by Rumpelt and Dixon.

In the distance freestyle events, senior Megan Pierce (Wayland, Mass.) of Williams holds the top time in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650. She is the defending champion in the 1,650 after setting a NESCAC record in the event last year. The field for the 1,000 freestyle is highlighted by a pair of former champions. Senior Valerie Urban (Lancaster, Pa.) of Connecticut College won the title in 2015, while sophomore Alison McNamara (Tappan, N.Y.) of Williams captured the title last season. Both rank 1-2 with the fastest times of the season. Urban and McNamara will push Pierce in the battle for first place in the 1,650 as both own the second and third fastest time in the event.

The 50 backstroke has had three different winners in the last three years, and 2017 will mark a fourth with three rookies owning the top three times in the event heading into the meet. Caroline Conforti (Slingerlands, N.Y.) of Williams, Frances VanderMeer (Elmira, N.Y.) of Middlebury and Caroline Murphy (Gardiner, N.Y.) of Wesleyan rank 1-2-3 and the top five spots are held by first-year swimmers. Olivia Jackson (Darien, Conn.) of Williams has won the past two titles in the 100 and owns the fastest time of the year in the event as she goes for her third championship. Jackson also won the NESCAC crown in the 200 in 2015. She will be challenged by a pair of rookies in the 100 backstroke. Conforti and Bowdoin rookie Marshall Lowery (Arundel, Maine) round out the top three swimmers in the event. In the 200, Amherst sophomore Bridgitte Kwong (Hong Kong) and senior Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) of Bates could contend with Jackson for a title.

Rookies Mary Erb (Readfield, Maine) of Connecticut College and Caroline White (Winter Park, Fla.) of Williams have been dueling all season for the fastest times in all three breaststroke events. Erb holds the top time in the 50 breaststroke, while White owns the quickest times in the 100 and 200. Junior Mariah Rawding (White Salmon, Wash.) of Bowdoin is the defending champion in the 50 and will look to defend her title at her home pool. Amherst’s Emily Hyde won the 100 and 200 multiple times in her career, but has graduated, leaving Erb and White to contend for the championship.

In the butterfly events, Waddell is the two-time defending champion in the 100. She set new NESCAC marks in back-to-back championships in 2015 and 2016. She enters this year’s meet with the second fastest time of the season. Bates rookie Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.) has been the fastest in the event this season. Waddell will also swim in the 50 butterfly and has registered the top time this season among the field. A new champion will be crowned in the 50 after Amherst’s Sarah Conklin dominated the event, winning the last four titles. Pierce of Williams looks to make it four straight wins in the 200 butterfly, but teammate and first-year swimmer Veronica Wolff (McLean, Va.) owns the fastest time of the year heading into the championship.

On the diving boards, Williams senior Ariana Ross (New Canaan, Conn.) is the two-time defending champion. The 2015 and 2016 NESCAC Diver of the Year, posted marks of 434.50 points on the 1-meter board and 485.40 on the 3-meter board to win the events last season. Senior Emma Jarczyk (Sudbury, Mass.) of Bates leads the field of divers on both boards heading into the 2017 championship.

Williams owns the top times in four of the five relays heading into the championship, while Amherst holds the fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay. The Ephs have won every relay race over the past two championships and will look to earn their fourth straight win in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events. Williams set new NESCAC records in the 800 freestyle and both medley relay races last season.

50-YARD FREESTYLE    

   
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
23.52
Emma Waddell, Williams

23.98
Janika Ho, Bates

24.15
Ingrid Shu, Amherst
2016 Champion 23.70 Maia Hare, Williams
2015 Champion 23.27 #
Logan McGill, Bates
2014 Champion
23.54   Julia Pielock, Connecticut College 
     
100-YARD FREESTYLE    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
52.27
Emma Waddell, Williams

52.51
Natalie Rumpelt, Amherst

52.68
Sterling Dixon, Bowdoin
2016 Champion 50.35 Emma Waddell, Williams
2015 Champion
50.33
Emma Waddell, Williams 
2014 Champion
51.21
Faye Sultan, Williams 
     
200-YARD FREESTYLE    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
1:53.01
Lauren Jones, Williams

1:53.17
Natalie Rumpelt, Amherst

1:53.33
Sterling Dixon, Bowdoin
2016 Champion 1:50.36 Isabel Wyer, Middlebury
2015 Champion
1:51.25  Sarah Thompson, Williams  
2014 Champion  1:51.42  Sarah Thompson, Williams  
     
500-YARD FREESTYLE    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
5:02.59
Megan Pierce, Williams

5:05.70
Lauren Jones, Williams

5:06.56
Alison McNamara, Williams
2016 Champion 4:54.36 Isabel Wyer, Middlebury
2015 Champion
4:56.40  Sarah Thompson, Williams 
2014 Champion  4:57.51  Sarah Thompson, Williams  
     
1,000-YARD FREESTYLE    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
10:24.38
Megan Pierce, Williams 

10:26.51
Valerie Urban, Connecticut College

10:28.45
Alison McNamara, Williams
2016 Champion 10:12.30 Alison McNamara, Williams
2015 Champion
10:16.67  Valerie Urban, Connecticut College 
2014 Champion  10.17.06  Julia Smachlo, Bates 
     
1,650-YARD FREESTYLE    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
17:15.91
Megan Pierce, Williams

17:24.09
Valerie Urban, Connecticut College

17:33.47
Alison McNamara, Williams
2016 Champion 16:41.90 # Megan Pierce, Williams
2015 Champion
16:53.55
Sarah Thompson, Williams
2014 Champion  16:54.08  Sarah Thompson, Williams 
     
50-YARD BACKSTROKE    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
26.99
Caroline Conforti, Williams

27.01 Frances Vandermeer, Middlebury

27.56
Caroline Murphy, Wesleyan
2016 Champion 25.74 Katherine Bennett, Williams
2015 Champion
26.22  Whitney Paine, Bates 
2014 Champion  26.04  Maggie Rosenbaum, Hamilton 
     
100-YARD BACKSTROKE    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
57.32
Olivia Jackson, Williams

58.15
Caroline Conforti, Williams

58.45
Marshall Lowery, Bowdoin
2016 Champion 55.47 Olivia Jackson, Williams
2015 Champion
55.54  Olivia Jackson, Williams 
2014 Champion  54.95  Maggie Rosenbaum, Hamilton 
     
200-YARD BACKSTROKE    

   
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
 2:03.33 Olivia Jackson, Williams

 2:05.29 Bridgitte Kwong, Amherst

2:05.75
Sara Daher, Bates
2016 Champion 1:57.70 #
Katherine Bennett, Williams
2015 Champion
1:58.59 
Olivia Jackson, Williams 
2014 Champion  1:59.22  Katherine Bennett, Williams 
     
50-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
30.07
Mary Erb, Connecticut College

30.15
Caroline White, Williams

30.40
Kristy Prelgovisk, Bates
2016 Champion 29.32 Mariah Rawding, Bowdoin
2015 Champion
28.82  Jamie Hillas, Middlebury 
2014 Champion  29.10  Jamie Hillas, Middlebury/Jenny Hu, Tufts 
     
100-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
1:03.88
Caroline White, Williams

1:05.65
Mary Erb, Connecticut College

1:05.67
Maya Gomez, Middlebury
2016 Champion 1:00.99 Emily Hyde, Amherst
2015 Champion
1:02.56  Emily Hyde, Amherst 
2014 Champion  1:03.89  Emily Hyde, Amherst 
     
200-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
2:19.86
Caroline White, Willams

2:21.76
Mary Erb, Connecticut College

2:23.62
Ingrid Shu, Amherst
2016 Champion 2:12.22*# Emily Hyde, Amherst
2015 Champion
2:16.61 
Emily Hyde, Amherst 
2014 Champion  2:18.11  Emily Hyde, Amherst 
50-YARD BUTTERFLY    

   
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
25.81 Emma Waddell, Williams

25.95
Lilly Gribbel, Connecticut College

26.40
Veronica Wolff, Williams
2016 Champion 24.71 Sarah Conklin, Amherst
2015 Champion
24.73
Sarah Conklin, Amherst
2014 Champion
25.11 
Sarah Conklin, Amherst 
     
100-YARD BUTTERFLY    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
56.13
Janika Ho, Bates

56.34
Emma Waddell, Williams

57.36
Veronica Wolff, Williams
2016 Champion 53.37 # Emma Waddell, Williams
2015 Champion
54.09 
Emma Waddell, Williams 
2014 Champion  56.12
Sarah Conklin, Amherst  
     
200-YARD BUTTERFLY    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
2:03.90
Veronica Wolff, Williams

2:04.25
Megan Pierce, Williams

2:05.45
Ellie Sherman, Williams
2016 Champion 2:02.07 Megan Pierce, Williams
2015 Champion
2:02.81  Megan Pierce, Williams 
2014 Champion  2:05.23  Megan Pierce, Williams 
     
200-YARD IM    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
2:06.67
Megan Pierce, Williams

2:07.12
Janika Ho, Bates

2:07.66
Emma Waddell, Williams
2016 Champion 2:00.60 # Emily Hyde, Amherst
2015 Champion
2:02.14 Emma Waddell, Williams 
2014 Champion  2:03.73  Emily Hyde, Amherst 
     
400-YARD IM

 

2016-17 Top 3 Entries
4:27.56
Megan Pierce, Williams

4:33.72
Ellie Sherman, Williams

4:33.77
Bridgitte Kwong, Amherst
2016 Champion 4:17.47 # Megan Pierce, Williams
2015 Champion
4:21.19  Megan Pierce, Williams 
2014 Champion  4:23.02  Megan Pierce, Williams 
     
1-METER DIVING (11 Dives)    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
485.10
Ariana Ross, Williams

375.90
Molly Harrington, Williams

359.77
Joyce Tseng, Williams
2016 Champion 434.50 Ariana Ross, Williams
2015 Champion
473.50  Ariana Ross, Williams 
2014 Champion  465.25  Lizzy Linsmayer, Amherst 
     
3-METER DIVING (11 Dives)    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
243.05
Christine Anderson, Bowdoin

231.30
Thea Kelsey, Bowdoin

218.15
Emma Jarczyk, Bates
2016 Champion 485.40 Ariana Ross, Williams
2015 Champion
511.30  Ariana Ross, Williams 
2014 Champion  499.70  McKenzie Murdoch, Williams 
     
200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
1:36.62 Amherst

1:37.46
Connecticut College

1:37.67
Williams/Bates
2016 Champion 1:34.94 Williams
2015 Champion
1:34.36 #  Williams 
2014 Champion  1:34.94  Williams 
     
400-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    

   
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
3:31.65
Williams

3:32.49
Amherst

3:33.89
Bates
2016 Champion 3:26.35 Williams
2015 Champion
3:23.84 #  Williams 
2014 Champion  3:27.67  Williams 
     
800-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
7:34.61
Williams

7:43.14
Amherst

7:43.98
Connecticut College
2016 Champion 7:27.00 # Williams
2015 Champion
7:30.49  Williams 
2014 Champion  7:30.53  Williams 
     
200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
1:45.96
Williams

1:49.97 Connecticut College

1:47.33
Amherst
2016 Champion 1:42.56 # Williams
2015 Champion
1:43.22 #  Williams 
2014 Champion  1:44.49  Amherst 
     
400-YARD MEDLEY RELAY    
     
2016-17 Top 3 Entries
3:51.78
Williams

3:54.40
Bates

3:55.27
Amherst
2016 Champion 3:43.63 # Williams
2015 Champion
3:44.22
Williams 
2014 Champion  3:47.99  Amherst 

* - NESCAC record
# - NESCAC Meet Record