Williams Leads After Day One of NESCAC Championships

Williams Leads After Day One of NESCAC Championships

Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information

Day One Results

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Defending champion Williams College holds the lead following day one of the 2016 NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Middlebury College. The Ephs used their team depth to take the lead at the conclusion of day one, totaling 731 points. Amherst sits in second place with 512 points, followed by Bates (492.5), Connecticut College (394) and Bowdoin (393.5).

Williams opened and closed the session with relay victories. The team of Maia Hare, Lauren Jones, Faye Sultan and Breanna Nguyen edged Connecticut College in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:34.94 in the opening race of the evening session, an NCAA provisional time. Olivia Jackson, Nguyen, Emma Waddell and Jones rounded out the evening with a win in the 400-yard medley relay, recording a NESCAC meet-record and NCAA provisional time of 3:43.63.

Hare’s breakout night also included a first-place showing in the 50-yard freestyle with an NCAA provisional time of 23.70. Mariah Rawding of Bowdoin claimed the 50-yard breaststroke in 29.32, while Sarah Conklin from Amherst was victorious in the 50-yard butterfly (24.71).

Emily Hyde gave the Purple & White their second individual victory of the night, winning the 200-yard individual medley in a NESCAC-meet record time of 2:00.60, nearly an NCAA automatic-qualifying time. Katherine Bennett rounded out the winners in the pool for the Ephs with a first-place effort in the 50-yard backstroke in 25.74. Middlebury’s Isabel Wyer was victorious in the evening’s longest event, the 500-yard freestyle, with a winning and NCAA provisional time of 4:54.36.

Ariana Ross earned a win on the diving board for Williams in the 1-meter competition, totaling an NCAA provisional point total of 434.50 en route to the win.

Action resumes on Saturday with preliminaries at 10:00 a.m. and finals beginning at 5:50 p.m.

Team Standings
1. Williams - 731
2. Amherst - 512
3. Bates - 492.5      
4. Connecticut College - 394
5. Bowdoin - 393.5
6. Middlebury - 352.5
7. Tufts - 269.5
8. Wesleyan - 225
9. Hamilton - 193
10. Colby - 150
11. Trinity - 94