Williams Extends Lead at NESCAC Championships

Williams Extends Lead at NESCAC Championships

Courtesy of Williams Sports Information

Day Two Results | Team Standings | Event Winners

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Host Williams extended its lead following Day Two of the three-day NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships with a total of 1,341 points. The Ephs hold a 448-point advantage over second-place Middlebury, which amassed 893 points. Defending champion Amherst sits in third place with 875.5 points, a mere 18.5 points behind the Panthers. Also in the hunt is fourth-place Bates (838), which moved up a spot in the standings ahead of Connecticut College (802) after the session.

Preliminary heats resume on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Samuelson-Muir Pool with final events starting at 5:30 p.m.

Event finals started off with drama as the 200-yard medley relay team of Sabrina Lee, Emily Hyde, Sarah Conklin and Ashleigh Stoddart from Amherst set a new pool and championship meet record of 1:44.49, which was two-hundreths ahead of Middlebury's Andie Tibbetts, Jamie Hillas, Megan Griffin and Morgan Burke (1.44.51). Hamilton's Maggie Rosenbaum also set a new NESCAC, meet and pool record in the 50 backstroke when she led off the relay with a time of 25.42 seconds. 

The 1,000-yard freestyle resulted in a battle of first-years that went down to the wire until Bates' Julia Smachlo out-touched Connecticut College's Valerie Urban with a time of 10:17.06. Urban finished in 10:18.68, while defending champion Amherst's Charlotte Chudy placed third (10:22.70). 

Megan Pierce of Williams set a new pool record en route to claiming the 400-yard individual medley title with a mark of 4:23.02. Bates' Sara Daher stayed with Pierce throughout much of the race to finish second (4:24.59). Angela Slevin of Wesleyan placed third (4:32.15).

Amherst's Sarah Conklin repeated as the 100-yard butterfly champion after she touched the wall in 56.12 seconds. Alyssa Levine of Williams and Linda Prelgovisk of Bates finished second (56.74) and third (57.14), respectively.

Sarah Thompson of Williams successfully defended her 200-yard freestyle title after clocking a time of 1:51.42. Connecticut College's Sam Pierce and Williams' Lauren Jones battled for runner-up honors, but Pierce (1:52.09) edged out Jones (1:52.23) for second place.

Amherst's Emily Hyde and Middlebury's Jamie Hillas had the most dramatic finish of the session in the 100-yard breaststroke, as Hyde narrowly beat out Hillas by one-hundreth with a pool-record time of 1:03.89. Jenny Hu of Tufts earned third (1:04.01). 

In the 100-yard backstroke, Maggie Rosenbaum claimed her fourth title with a pool-record time of 54.95 seconds. The Williams duo of Katherine Bennett and Olivia Jackson finished second (56.17) and third (57.37).

Williams closed out the session by repeating as 800-yard freestyle relay champions with a time of 7:30.53. Members of the relay included Lauren Jones, Breanna Nguyen, Pierce and Thompson. Bates beat out Amherst at the wall for second place with a time of 7:34.62. The Jeffs posted a time of 7:34.72.