NESCAC Swimming & Diving Teams Maintain Top-10 Standings at NCAAs

NESCAC Swimming & Diving Teams Maintain Top-10 Standings at NCAAs

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Williams women's swimming and diving team moved up to second place in the team standings at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. The Ephs (254 points) gained momentum on Day 2 behind three wins and stand 64 points behind first-place Emory (318 points). Amherst moved up to ninth with 68 points and Connecticut College (11th- 41 points) and Bates (12th- 38 points) round out the NESCAC schools in the top 15.

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In the men's standings, Tufts maintained its hold on eighth place with 99 points. Williams moved up two spots to 11th with 59 points. Bates (24 points) made the biggest leap, jumping from 24th to 13th following Day 2. Denison is in first place with 325.5 points.

In the evening's first event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Tufts team of sophomores Roger Gu and Costantino Camerano and seniors Michael Brienza and Zachary Wallace finished eighth (1:21.75) in the championship final. In the consolation final, the Connecticut College team of seniors George Tilenac and Drake Freiberg, along with first-year Charlie Adl and sophomore Kaison Ifill, finished 12th with a time of 1:22.51.

The Williams quartet of senior Delaney Smith, first-years Rollie Grinder and Laura Westphal, and senior Emma Waddell captured the national title in the women's 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1:32.48. The Amherst team of seniors Geralyn Lam and Stephanie Moriarty, along with sophomores Ingrid Shu and Natalie Rumpelt placed eighth (1:34.96) in the championship final. Connecticut College and Bates qualified for the consolation finals. The Bobcat team of seniors Logan McGill and Hope Logan, sophomore Janika Ho and first-year Caroline Apathy finished 11th with a time of 1:34.69. Juniors Olivia Haskell and Danielle Fergus, senior Juliette Lee and sophomore Lily Gribbel led the Camels to a 12th place finish and a time of 1:34.81.

In the first individual race of the night, three NESCAC swimmers qualified for the consolation final in the 400-yard individual medley. Tufts senior James McElduff led the way, placing 11th with a time of 3:57.68. Rookie Jackson Karofsky of Williams finished 12th (3:58.12) and senior Zachary Wallace of Tufts was 16th (3:29.78). All three swimmers earned Honorable Mention All-America honors.

In the women's race, the Ephs picked up their second NCAA title of the evening as first-year Molly Craig posted a winning time of 4:18.56 to earn the individual championship. Amherst junior Bridgitte Kwong added an eighth-place finish with a time of 4:25.18 in the championship final. Both Craig and Kwong earned All-America honors. Bowdoin senior Sterling Dixon finished 16th in the consolation final with a time of 4:29.67 to garner Honorable Mention All-America honors.

In the men's 100-yard butterfly, Williams senior Timothy Kostolansky earned All-America honors with an eight-place finish (48.73) in the championship final. In the consolation final, Tufts junior Kinglsey Bowen and Ifill of Connecticut College finished 10-11. Bowen posted a time of 48.88, while Ifill recorded a time of 48.90 as both swimmers picked up Honorable Mention All-America accolades.

Williams claimed its third national title of the night in the women's 100-yard butterfly. Senior Emma Waddell won the event with a time of 53.39. Classmate Madeline Downs was sixth (55.33) and both Ephs earned All-America honors. Bates first-year Caroline Apathy qualified for the consolation finals and placed 11th (55:57) to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors.

In the men's 200-yard freestyle, Bowdoin junior Karl Sarier was the national runner-up with a time of 1:36.96, while Williams first-year James Lovette was fourth (1:38.12). They each earned All-America honors.

A pair of Ephs qualified for the evening session in the women's 200-yard freestyle. First-year Laura Westphal finished sixth (1:49.35) in the championship final, while classmate Gwyneth Maloy was 15th (1:51.34) in the consolation final. Westphal earned All-America honors and Maloy was an Honorable Mention All-American.

The final event of the evening, the 400-yard medley relay, the Tufts men's team of Bowen, Matthew Manfre, McElduff, and Gu finished eighth in the championship final with a time of 3:17.53. Bates and Williams finished 10-11 in the consolation final race. Senior Riley Ewing, junior Alexander Bedard, senior Theodore Pender, and sophomore Tanner Fuller led the Bobcats to a time of 3:19.34. The Ephs' team of Kostolansky, junior Jack Melnick, first-year David Pearcy and Lovette posted a time of 3:20.82.

Williams place third in the women's championship final. The team of sophomores Caroline Conforti and Caroline White, along with Waddell and Westphal registered a time of 3:40.81. Amherst, Bates and Connecticut College qualified for the consolation final. The Camels finished 10th (3:47:42) with the team of junior Maeve Wilber, sophomore Mary Erb and Gribbel and Haskell. Amherst's team of Moriarty, first-year Nina Fitzgerald, Lam and Rumplet placed 12th (3:48.00) and the Bobcats' squad of Ho, McGill, Apathy and Logan finished 14th (3:49.07). 

Amherst first-year Lindsay Ruderman finished sixth with 426.25 points in the women's 1-meter diving event to earn 13 points for the Mammoths.

Day 3 of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships begins on Friday with preliminary races at 10 a.m. followed by championship races at 6 p.m.