SHENANDOAH, Texas - A pair of NESCAC women's swimming and diving teams, Williams and Connecticut College, sit in the top ten following Day One of the 2017 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, while the Williams men's swimming and diving team also ranks in the top ten. The championship is being held at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.
The Williams women's swimming and diving team sits in second place with 101 points, while Connecticut College is in seventh with 32 points. Bates is 20th with 14 points. Emory is in first place with 137 points.
In the men's championship, Williams leads the NESCAC contingent with 41 points in sixth place, followed by Bates in 20th place (10 points). Emory is in first place with 135 points.
In the evening's first event, Williams senior Lauren Jones finished eighth in the women's 500-yard freestyle final with a time of 4:59.92. In the consolation final, sophomore Alison McNamara of Williams placed second (4:53.76) and senior Valerie Urban of Connecticut College touched the wall in sixth and a time of 4:58.65. In the men's 500-yard freestyle consolation final, Williams' first-year Andrew Trunsky finished sixth (4:29.80).
Seniors Olivia Jackson of Williams and Sara Daher of Bates turned in a pair of top-5 finishes in the finals of the 200-yard individual medley. Jackson placed second overall with a time of 2:01.49, while Daher posted a time of 2:02.42 for fifth place. In the consolation final, first-year Caroline White finished sixth for the Ephs (2:06.13), while Bowdoin sophomore Sterling Dixon placed eighth (2:07.10).
In the men's 200-yard individual relay, two Ephs and a Jumbo qualified for the consolation final. Williams junior Timothy Kostolansky led the NESCAC trio with a third place finish (1:49.85). Tufts' junior Zachary Wallace earned five points for the Jumbos with a fifth-place finish and time of 1:50.00 and senior Colin Hogan of Williams rounded out the swimmers, touching the wall in a time of 1:50.92 for seventh place.
In the women's 50-yard freestyle, Williams junior Emma Waddell captured the national championship in the event. Her winning time of 22.69 seconds set a meet record and broke the NESCAC record she set last month.
Williams senior Ariana Ross finished eighth in the 3-meter diving event, registering 426. 95 points.
In the last event of the evening, the 200-yard medley relay, the Williams team of Jackson, White, Waddell and sophomore Maia Hare finished third (1:41.60), while sophomore Maeve Wilber, first-year Mary Erb, rookie Lily Gribbel and sophomore Olivia Haskell of Connecticut College placed sixth (1:42.47) in the championship final. The Amherst women's relay team of junior Stephanie Moriarty, rookie Ingrid Shu, junior Geralyn Lam and senior Destin Groff placed fifth in the consolation final with a time of 1:44.15.
In the men's relay championship final, the Williams team of senior Benjamin Lin, sophomore Yonatan Melnick, Kostolansky and sophomore Curtis Maher finished fourth with a time of 1:29.25. In the consolation final, Bates junior Riley Ewing, senior Daniel Walpole, and juniors Theodore Pender and Jonathan Depew combined for a time of 1:30.69 to take fourth place. The Amherst team of juniors Samuel Spurrell and Elijah Spiro, along with rookie Jack Koravos and senior Alexander Dreisbach finished sixth (1:31.48).
Day 2 of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships begins on Thursday with preliminary races at 11 a.m. followed by championship races at 7 p.m.