Four NESCAC Teams Earn Top-10 Finishes to Wrap Up NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

Four NESCAC Teams Earn Top-10 Finishes to Wrap Up NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

SHENANDOAH, Texas - The Williams women's and men's swimming and diving teams wrapped up the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in second and seventh place after amassing 445 and 216 points, respectively, at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.


In the women's team standings, Connecticut College placed 10th (107 points), while Bates finished 13th (90 points) and Amherst was 15th (77.5 points). Middlebury placed 18th (60 points) and Bowdoin (34th - 16 points), Wesleyan (44th - 5 points) and Tufts (48th - 4 points) rounded out the NESCAC teams. Emory won its eighth consecutive title with 645.5 points.

On the men's side, Tufts placed 10th with 126 points, while Amherst finished 20th with 35.5 points. Other NESCAC team finishes included Bates in 24th place (27 points), Bowdoin in 32nd (18 points) and Connecticut College in 37th (12 points) and Middlebury in 43rd (6 points). Emory claimed the team title with 438 points to complete the sweep.

The first event of the night was the 1650-yard freestyle. In the women's race, Williams senior Megan Pierce led the NESCAC competitors with a fourth-place finish and time of 16:44.32. Senior Valerie Urban of Connecticut College placed eighth (17:01.34) and Jayne Vogelzang, a sophomore from Amherst, finished 24th (18:02.92).

Williams rookie Andrew Trunsky led the men's contingent in the event, finishing fifth with a time of 15:31.22. Middlebury senior Michael McGean was 11th (15:41.61) and first-year Eric Wong of Amherst placed 22nd (16:35.33).

Emma Waddell Junior Emma Waddell of Williams (pictured), who was named Swimmer of the Meet, was the national runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle, posting a time of 49.45 seconds in the championship final. In the consolation final, fellow Eph and senior Lauren Jones finished seventh (51.31 seconds).

In the men's 100-yard freestyle consolation final, Bates junior Theodore Pender registered a time of 44.72 to finish third and Karl Sarier, a sophomore from Bowdoin, placed fifth (45.08 seconds).

In the 200-yard backstroke, Williams swept both events. In the women's race, Olivia Jackson captured the national title with a winning time of 1:55.83 and set a new NCAA Division III record in the process. Bates senior Sara Daher added a sixth-place finish with a time of 2:00.25 in the championship final race. In the consolation final, Amherst junior Stephanie Moriarty led three NESCAC swimmers with a fourth-place finish (2:01.86). Rookies Marshall Lowery of Bowdoin and Hannah O'Halloran of Wesleyan finished sixth and eighth with times of 2:03.00 and 2:03.52, respectively.

Senior Benjamin Lin of Williams captured his third NCAA title of the weekend, the fifth of his career and his second straight in the 200-yard backstroke with a winning time of 1:44.00. Tufts sophomore Kingsley Bowen finished third with a time of 1:46.33. In the consolation final, a pair of Ephs finished 7-8. Junior Timothy Kostolansky placed seventh (1:49.04) followed by Colin Hogan in eighth (1:49.57).

A pair of NESCAC rookies went 1-2 in the women's 200-yard breaststroke. Connecticut College's Mary Erb claimed her first national title with a winning time of 2:14.66. Williams' Caroline White was the runner-up with a time of 2:15.08. In the consolation final, Tufts senior Amanda Gottschalk finished fifth (2:19.62) and Middlebury senior Nora O'Leary was sixth (2:19.90).

Amherst first-year Sean Mebust placed fourth in the men's 200-yard breaststroke consolation final with a time of 2:01.96.

In the men's 3-meter diving event, Tufts senior Matthew Rohrer placed eighth in the final, recording 504.10 points.

In the final event of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, the 400-freestyle relay, the Williams team of junior Delaney Smith, Jones, sophomore Maia Hare and Waddell were the runner-ups, combining for a time of 3:23.11. The Middlebury relay squad of senior Morgan Burke, rookie Frances VanderMeer, and juniors Isabel Wyer and Stephanie Andrews finished eighth (3:26.90). In the consolation final race, the Bates foursome of Daher, rookie Janika Ho, and juniors Anabel Carter and Logan McGill were the runner-ups with a time of 3:24.83. The Amherst team of junior Geralyn Lam, first-year Natalie Rumpelt, Moriarty and rookie Ingrid Shu placed fourth (3:26.05).

In the men's 400-freestyle relay consolation final, Tufts placed third (3:00.86) behind the efforts of first-year Roger Gu, Bowen, and juniors Lawrence Lau and James McElduff. The Amherst team of rookie Jack Koravos, sophomore Charles Seltzer, Wong and senior Alexander Dreisbach combined for a time of 3:02.72 to place seventh.