SHENANDOAH, Texas - The Williams and Connecticut College women's teams maintained their top-10 standing following Day Two 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 sustained its hold on second place with 125 points, while Connecticut College stands 10th with 64 points. Amherst is 12th (50.5 points), Bates sits in 14th place (34 points), Middlebury is 20th (22 points) and Bowdoin rounds out the conference teams, tied for 26th (13 points). Emory is in first place with 330 points.
In the men's championship, Williams continued to lead the NESCAC contingent with 125 points in fifth place, followed by Tufts in 11th place (54 points). Bates stands in 20th place (19 points) and is followed by Bowdoin in 26th place (14 points), Connecticut College in 33rd place (8 points) and Amherst in 36th place (6 points). Emory is in first place with 244 points.
In the evening's first event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Williams women's team of junior Delaney Smith, senior Lauren Jones, senior Olivia Jackson and junior Emma Waddell placed second with a time of 1:32.90 in the championship final. In the consolation final, Bates led three NESCAC teams, finishing fourth. The quartet of first-year Janika Ho, junior Logan McGill, junior Anabel Carter and senior Sara Daher posted a time of 1:34.43. The Connecticut College squad of rookie Julie Klier, sophomore Olivia Haskell, junior Juliette Lee and first-year Lily Gribbel placed sixth with a time of 1:34.78. Middlebury rounded out the NESCAC teams, finishing seventh. Senior Morgan Burke, rookie Maya Gomez, junior Isabel Wyer and first-year Frances VanderMeer combined for a time of 1:34.87 for the Panthers.
In the men's race, the Ephs finished fourth. Senior John Freeman, sophomore Curtis Maher, senior Grant Johnson and senior Benjamin Lin posted a time of 1:21.48 in the championship final. Tufts placed third in the consolation behind the efforts of rookies Roger Gu, Costantino Camerano and juniors James McElduff and Zachary Wallce, who combined for a time of 1:22.16. The Connecticut College team of juniors George Tilneac and Drake Freiberg and seniors Mike Fothergill and Niko Brosnihan posted a time of 1:22.47.
In the first individual race of the night, Williams senior Megan Pierce won her second straight national title and third overall with a time of 4:15.17 in the women's 400-yard individual medley. Sophomore Bridgitte Kwong of Amherst placed third (4:21.77) and sophomore Sterling Dixon of Bowdoin finished seventh (4:26.39) to round out the league's swimmers in the championship final.
In the men's consolation final, a pair of Jumbos represented the NESCAC. Wallace (3:58.97) and McElduff (4:02.21) finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
The Ephs swept first in the 100-yard butterfly races. In the women's race, Waddell won her second national title in as many nights with a first-place finish. She picked up her second career title in the event with a winning time of 53.48 seconds. In the consolation final, NESCAC swimmers finished 4-5-6, led by Bates' Ho (55.92 seconds). Hare of Williams was fifth (55.93 seconds) and junior Geralyn Lam of Amherst placed sixth (56.06 seconds).
In the men's race, Lin won the event with a time of 47.37 seconds. He also set a new NCAA Division III record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 46.93 seconds when he led off the Ephs' 400-yard medley relay during the morning prelims. Sophomore Kingsley Bowen of Tufts placed sixth (48.47 seconds). In the consolation race, junior Theodore Pender of Bates finished eighth with a time of 49.25 seconds.
Williams senior Lauren Jones placed seventh (1:49.90) in the women's 200-yard freestyle finals, while Bates rookie Monica Sears finished fourth (1:50.71) in the consolation final. In the men's race, Bowdoin sophomore Karl Sarier touched the wall with a time of 1:37.78 to finish fifth.
The final event of the evening, the 400-yard medley relay, the Williams women's team of Jackson, rookie Caroline White, Hare and Waddell finished second overall. Their time of 3:40.57 set a new NESCAC mark in the event that had stood since 2012. The Connecticut College team of sophomore Danielle Fergus, first-year Mary Erb, senior Anna Peterson and Haskell finished sixth with a time of 3:47.07. The Amherst relay team of junior Stephanie Moriarty, rookie Ingrid Shu, Lam and first-year Natalie Rumpelt rounded out the NESCAC teams in the championship final with a seventh-place finish and time of 3:46.39.
Middlebury won the consolation final as Wyer, first-year Celia Ripple and VanderMeer and Burke combined for a time of 3:46.43.
In the men's relay race, the Ephs finished as runner-up. The foursome of Lin, sophomore Jack Melnick, junior Timothy Kostolansky and Johnson posted a time of 3:15.72. In the consolation final, the Bates team of junior Riley Ewing, senior Daniel Walpole, and juniors Theodore Pender and Jonathan Depew placed fifth with a time of 3:19.86. Tufts finished sixth as sophomore Kingsley Bowen, rookie Eric Shi, Wallace and Gu combined for a time of 3:20.03. The Connecticut College team of Fothergill, Freiberg, Tilneac and junior AJ Pite rouonded out the NESCAC teams with an eighth-place finish and time of 3:21.63.
Tufts senior Matthew Rohrer finished seventh with 473.25 points in the men's 1-meter diving event to earn 12 points for the Jumbos.
Day 3 of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships begins on Friday with preliminary races at 11 a.m. followed by championship races at 7 p.m.