SHENANDOAH, Texas - The Williams women's swimming and diving team maintained its top-10 standing following Day Three of the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, while the Williams and Tufts men's swimming and diving teams also rank 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 maintained its hold on second place with 327 points, while Connecticut College stands 12th with 68 points. Bates moved up to 14th place (63 points), Amherst is 15th (62.5 points), Middlebury is 20th (35 points) and Bowdoin (33rd - 13 points) and Wesleyan (T-44th - 4 points) round out the conference teams. Emory is in first place with 471.5 points.
In the men's championship, Williams continued to lead the NESCAC contingent with 179 points and is tied for fifth place, followed by Tufts in ninth place (87 points). Amherst moved up to 20th (27 points), while Bates stands in 22nd place (21 points) and is followed by Bowdoin in 28th place (14 points), Connecticut College in 32nd place (12 points). Emory is in first place with 325 points.
In the evening's first event, the 200-yard butterfly, Williams senior Megan Pierce won her second national title in as many nights. She posted a time of 1:59.76 to earn her fourth career national title. Teammate and rookie Veronica Wolff added a fourth-place finish for the Ephs with a time of 2:01.77. In the consolation final, Williams first-year Madeleine Deardorff placed eighth (2:05.98).
In the men's race, Amherst junior Samuel Spurrell was the only NESCAC swimmer to qualify for the evening session. He finished eighth in the championship final with a time of 1:49.74.
Senior Olivia Jackson of Williams finished fourth in the women's 100-yard backstroke. She posted a time of 55.25 seconds and was followed in eighth place by Bates senior Sara Daher (55.98 seconds). Wesleyan rookie Caroline Murphy placed fifth in the consolation final with a time of 55.90 seconds.
In the men's backstroke, Williams senior Benjamin Lin continued his impressive performance. He set a new NCAA Division III record for the second time in as many days. Lin touched the wall in a winning time of 46.62 seconds to add another NCAA title to his collection. Teammate and junior Timothy Kotsolansky was fifth (48.91 seconds) followed by Tufts sophomore Kingsley Bowen in sixth place (48.99 seconds).
Rookie Caroline White of Williams qualified for the championship final in the women's 100-yard breaststroke and placed fifth with a time of 1:02.77. Middlebury first-year Maya Gomez earned a fourth-place finish in the consolation final with a time of 1:03.71.
Williams senior Ariana Ross finished ninth in the women's 3-meter diving event, recording 410.70 points.
The final event of the night was the 800-yard freestyle relay. In the women's race, the Williams team of first-year Madeline Wessell, sophomore Alison McNamara, Pierce and senior Lauren Jones placed fifth (7:22.47). The Bates team of Daher, junior Logan McGill, sophomore Lucy Faust and rookie Monica Sears posted a time of 7:30.68 to finish ninth. The Amherst squad of sophomore Bridgitte Kwong, junior Stephanie Moriarty, sophomore Jayne Vogelzang and first-year Natalie Rumpelt finished 11th with a combined time of 7:31.65. The Middlebury team of senior Morgan Burke, sophomore Kristen Karpowicz and juniors Stephanie Andrews and Isabel Wyer placed 13th (7:32.45). Connecticut College rounded out the NESCAC teams in the event. The quartet of sophomore Olivia Haskell, junior Julia Klier, first-year Katie Hammond and senior Valerie Urban registered a time of 7:34.00 to finish 15th.
In the men's race, the Tufts and Williams teams tied for eighth, both posting a time of 6:40.19. Sophomore Noah Cagley, junior Zachary Wallace, Bowen and junior James McElduff comprised the Jumbo relay, while senior Grant Johnson, sophomore Curtis Maher, Lin and rookie Andrew Trunsky made up the Eph relay. The Amherst team of sophomore Charlie Seltzer, rookies Eric Wong and Jack Koravos and senior Connor Haley placed 12th with a time of 6:42.26. Connecticut College added a 19th place finish (6:49.22) with the team of juniors George Tilneac, AJ Pite, Drake Freiberg and senior Mike Fothergill.
Saturday marks the final day of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Preliminary races begin at 11 a.m. and will be followed by championship races at 7 p.m.