Williams Women Still Second Following Day Two at NCAAs
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Williams College women's swimming and diving team held on to second place after day two at the 2012 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Emory increased its lead over the Ephs by seven points on Thursday evening, as Williams now trails the front-runners by 87 points.
Other NESCAC women's teams to score are Amherst, which sits in 14th place (28), Tufts, which is 17th (21), and Hamilton (T-25th, 13).
On the men's side of the championship, Williams moved in front of Amherst on Thursday to be the top NESCAC team at the meet. The Ephs are sevent with 112 points, while Amherst is ninth with 93. Other conference squads that have scored are Connecticut College (16th, 25) and Tufts (T-25th, 14).
Williams opened the second night of championship races with an eighth place showing in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Ephs finished the event in 1:23.36. The Ephs' women's squad fared better in the 200 free relay, taking fifth in a time of 1:34.82.
Eph junior Paul Dyrkacz repeated in the 400-yard IM a day after coming in second in the 200-yard IM. Dyrkacz's time of 3:51.90 was over a full second better than his 2011 championship-winning performance.
Classmate Caroline Wilson gave Williams a sweep in the 400-yard IM, as Wilson earned her third NCAA title in as many years with a championship-record time of 4:13.14, more than seven seconds better than her morning prelim showing. Senior Bonnie Patchen from Williams also had a podium finish, coming in eighth at 4:27.87.
Williams senior Logan Todhunter closed out her career in the 100-yard butterfly with her fourth consecutive NCAA crown. Todhunter, who set the record in the event during last year's meet, clocked in at 53.04 seconds. The win gave Todhunter her second national title of the week, after she won the 200-yard IM the night before.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Williams junior Tom Vieth was the top NESCAC performer, taking sixth (1:39.44). Freshman Sarah Thompson from Williams won on the women's side, posting a performance of 1:50.27. It was the fifth year in a row that an individual from the conference won the event, after Amherst's Kendra Stern took the honor in each of the last four years.
Sophomores Lizzy Linsmayer of Amherst and McKenzie Murdoch of Williams both placed among the top eight divers in the 1-meter competition. Linsmayer was seventh with 406.65 points, while Murdoch was eighth at 401.90.
The final events of the evening were the 400-yard medley relays. The Amherst men were the only squad among the championship final field, taking fifth in 3:18.88, just over one-tenth of a second off the NESCAC record. The Williams women closed out the evening with a win, posting a championship-record time of 3:42.21.
Action resumes on Friday with preliminary races at 10:00 a.m. followed by championship races at 6:00 p.m.