INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Williams Women's Swimming & Diving team stands in third place (319 points) following the third day of competition at the 2018 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. Amherst is ninth in the standings with 98 points and followed by Bates (12th – 50 points) and Connecticut College (14th – 41 points). Emory is atop the standings with 447 points.
In the men's standings, Tufts maintained its hold on eighth place with 139 points. Williams continued to move up in the standings and sits in 10th with 99 points. Denison leads the men's teams with 452.6 points.
The men's 200-yard butterfly was the first event of the evening. Williams sophomore Lucca Delcompare was the only NESAC swimmer to qualify for the evening session. He posted a time of 1:48.02 to finish sixth in the championship final and earned All-America honors.
Two Ephs qualified for the finals of the women's 200-yard butterfly. Rookie Molly Craig placed sixth (2:02.99) in the championship final, while senior Madeline Downs was 14th (2:04.58) in the consolation final. Craig picked up All-America honors, while Downs was an Honorable Mention All-American.
In the championship final of the men's 100-yard backstroke, Tufts junior Kingsley Bowen finished third (48.54) to earn All-America honors. Williams senior Timothy Kostolansky placed 12th (49:58) in the consolation final to garner Honorable Mention All-America honors.
The women's race featured NESCAC swimmers from three different schools. Wesleyan sophomore Caroline Murphy led the conference contingent with a third place finish in the championship final. She posted a time of 54.97 to pick up All-America accolades. Sophomores Marshall Lowery of Bowdoin and Caroline Conforti of Williams finished 13th and 16th with times of 56.03 and 56.77, respectively, in the consolation final to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors.
In the women's 100-yard breaststroke, Williams sophomore Caroline White finished third (1:02.17) and Amherst first-year Nin Fitzgerald was seventh (1:03.32) in the championship final. Both swimmers earned All-America honors. Middlebury sophomore Maya Gomez placed 11th (1:03.35) in the consolation final and earned Honorable Mention All-America honors.
Middlebury sophomore Mike Chirico finished 13th with 433.20 points in the men's 1-meter diving event.
In the final event of the night, the 800-yard freestyle relay, the Tufts and Williams men's team finished 7-8. The Jumbo team of junior Noah Cagley, senior Zachary Wallace, rookie Tyler Tatro and senior James McElduff registered a time of 6:40.36. The Ephs squad of first-year Henry Marquardt, Delcompare, senior Mike Cassidy and first-year Jamie Lovette posted a time of 6:40.62.
The Bates team of junior Alexander Bedard, sophomore Tanner Fuller, and seniors Jonathan Depew and Theodore Pender placed 14th (6:46.02). Connecticut College rounded out the NESCAC teams in the event. The Camels foursome of first-year Charlie Adl, sophomore Kaison Ifill and seniors George Tilneac and Drake Freiberg finished 18th (6:51.89).
The Williams squad of rookies Casey Delano, Gwyneth Maloy and Laura Westphal, along with junior Alison McNamara placed third with a time of 7:24.01 in the championship final. In the consolation final, the Amherst team of juniors Livia Domenig and Bridgitte Kwong and sophomores Sarah McDonald and Natalie Rumpelt combined to post a time of 7:30.94 and finished ninth. The Bates relay of sophomore Janika Ho, senior Hope Logan, junior Lucy Faust and sophomore Monica Sears finished 11th (7:33.98).
Saturday marks the final day of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Preliminary races begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by championship races at 6 p.m.