NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Day 2 Recap

Wesleyan's Caroline Murphy set a NESCAC and NESCAC Championship record in the 50 backstroke

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Williams College extended its lead in the 2019 NESCAC Swimming & Diving Championships from 90 points to 781, winning seven of the nine events on the second night of competition.


Williams won the first four events of the evening session. In the 200 freestyle relay the Ephs extended their streak of relay victories to 22 straight races. Seniors Maia Hare and  Dana Chung, and sophomores Gwyneth Maloy and Laura Westphal posted a winning time of 1:34.19 and achieved an NCAA B-cut time. Connecticut College and Bates finished 2-3 in the race and also earned NCAA B-cut marks.

Junior Caroline White captured first in the 50 breaststroke with a winning time of 29.34 and was followed by Nina Fitzgerald of Amherst (29.45) and Mengmeng Gibbs of Wesleyan (29.52).

Hare set a new Wesleyan pool record with a time of 24.57 to win the 50 butterfly. Sophomores Caroline Apathy of Bates and Sasha Fong of Tufts, placed second and third with times of 24.95 and 24.98, respectively.

Westpal led a Williams sweep in the 500 freestyle. She touched the wall in a time of 4:53.95 and was followed by teammates Alison McNamara (4:56.89) and Abby Matheny (4:57.73).

Wesleyan junior Caroline Murphy snapped the Ephs' streak of victories, winning the 50 backstroke for the second year in a row and setting a NESCAC and NESCAC Championship record with a time of 25.37. Connecticut College senior Maeve Wilber finished second (26.07) and Middlebury junior Frances VanderMeer placed third (26.12).

In the 200 IM, Bowdoin senior Sterling Dixon, a third-place finisher a year ago, won the event with a time of 2:02.65, edging out Williams sophomore Molly Craig (2:02.69). Tufts junior Grace Goetcheus rounded out the top three finishers with a time of 2:07.42.

Middlebury's VanderMeer claimed the NESCAC title in the 50 freestyle. A runner-up last year, she clocked a winning time of 23.55. Connecticut College teammates Olivia Haskell and Maddie Ford finished second and third with times of 23.59 and 23.72, respectively. All three swimmers achieved NCAA B-cut times.

Amherst sophomore Lindsey Ruderman repeated as the NESCAC Champion on the 1-meter board, registering 461.45 points. Williams sophomore Gabby Mercier finished second with 451.65 points and was followed by Bowdoin senior Rebecca Stern in third place (405.55 points).

In the final event of the evening, the 400 medley relay, Williams added another relay victory, stretching its streak to 23 consecutive relay victories. The team of Matheny, White, first-year Anna Peterson and Westphal earned a winning time of 3:46.61. Wesleyan finished second as Murphy, Mengmeng, and juniors Grace Middleton and Hannah O'Halloran combined for a time of 3:48.07. The Tufts squad of first-year Emma Donchi, sophomores Lily Kurtz and Amy Socha, and first-year Mary Hufziger placed third at 3:48.90.

Action at the 2019 NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship continues on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. 

* The top three finishers in each event and the top three relay teams earn All-NESCAC honors
* - NESCAC record; # - NESCAC meet record; % - Wesleyan Natatorium record

Event First Place Second Place Third Place
200-yard Freestyle Relay Williams (Maia Hare, Dana Chung, Gwyneth Maloy, Laura Westphal) - 1:34.19 Connecticut College (Vaughn Ammon, Danielle Fergus, Maddie Ford, Olivia Haskell) - 1:35.08  Bates (Janika Ho, Suzy Ryckman, Maya Reynoso-Williams, Caroline Apathy) - 1:35.13 
50-yard Breaststroke Caroline White, Williams - 29.34 Nina Fitzgerald, Amherst - 29.45 Mengmeng Gibbs, Wesleyan - 29.52 
50-yard Butterfly Maia Hare, Williams - 24.57 % Caroline Apathy, Bates - 24.95 Sasha Fong, Tufts - 24.98
500-yard Freestyle Laura Westphal, Williams - 4:53.95 Alison McNamara, Williams - 4:56.89  Abby Matheny, Williams - 4:57.73 
50-yard Backstroke Caroline Murphy, Wesleyan - 25.37 *# Maeve Wilber, Connecticut College - 26.07 Frances VanderMeer, Middlebury - 26.12 
200-yard Individual Medley Sterling Dixon, Bowdoin - 2:02.65 Molly Craig, Williams - 2:02.69  Grace Goetcheus, Tufts - 2:05.95 
50-yard Freestyle Frances VanderMeer, Middlebury - 23.55 Olivia Haskell, Connecticut College - 23.59  Maddie Ford, Connecticut College - 23.72 
1-meter Diving Lindsey Ruderman, Amherst - 461.45 points Gabriella Mercier, Williams - 451.65 points Rebecca Stern, Bowdoin - 405.55 points 
400-yard Medley Relay Williams (Abby Matheny, Caroline White, Anna Peterson, Laura Westphal) - 3:46.61 Wesleyan (Caroline Murphy, Mengmeng Gibbs, Grace Middleton, Hannah O'Halloran) - 3:48.07  Tufts (Emma Donchi, Lily Kurtz, Amy Socha, Mary Hufziger) - 3:48.90

1. Williams -- 781 points
2.  Tufts -- 641 points
3.  Amherst -- 590 points
4.  Bates -- 436.5 points
5. Wesleyan -- 405 points
6.  Connecticut College -- 398 points
7.  Bowdoin -- 360 points
8.  Middlebury -- 359 points
9.  Trinity -- 239.5 points
10. Colby -- 209 points
11. Hamilton -- 178 points

DAY 3 SCHEDULE - Saturday, February 16
10 a.m. - Swimming Trials
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
1000-yard Freestyle (timed finals)

2 p.m. - Diving Trials
3-meter Diving (5 req.)

5:50 p.m. - Finals
Senior Ceremony
200-yard Medley Relay
1000-yard Freestyle (last heat of timed finals)
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke