NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship Day 3 Recap

Bates sophomore Caroline Apathy won the 100 butterfly on Day 3 of the NESCAC Championships

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Williams College won five of seven events on the third day of competition at the 2019 NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at Wesleyan University. The Ephs' lead in the team standings grew to 267.5 points as they finished the night with 1331 points. Tufts stands in second place with 1063.5 points and is followed in third place by Amherst with 947 points.


Williams started off Saturday's evening session by setting a pool record in the 200 medley relay. Juniors Caroline Conforti, Caroline White, and senior Maia Hare with sophomore Gwyneth Maloy combined for a time of 1:42.86. The Ephs, along with second-place Wesleyan and third-place Bates all achieved NCAA B-cut times.

Williams senior Alison McNamara won the NESCAC title in the 1,000 freestyle for the fourth year in a row. She touched the wall in a time of 10:11.11 and beating out teammate Casey Delano by five seconds. Delano, a sophomore, posted a second-place time of 10:16.51 and Amherst sophomore Julia Ruggiero finished third with a time of 10:1868.

Sophomore Molly Craig of Williams captured first in the 400 IM for the second straight season, clocking a winning time of 4:20.76. Senior Bridgitte Kwong of Amherst and Williams junior Ellie Sherman finished second and third with times of 4:25.53 and 4:26.89, respectively.

Bates sophomore Caroline Apathy broke up the Ephs' winning streak, claiming first in the 100 butterfly. Apathy posted a time of 54.54, and was followed by Hare (54.92) and Mary Laurita of Bowdoin (55.15). All three swimmers achieved NCAA B-cut times.

Williams got back to its winning ways in the 200 freestyle. Sophomore Laura Westphal took first place for the second consecutive year with a time of 1:48.54. Bowdoin senior Sterling Dixon finished second (1:50.55) and Natalie Rumpelt of Amherst was third (1:51.21).

White earned her second NESCAC title of the night after helping the Ephs' relay squad start the evening with a win in the 200 medley relay, she won the 100 breaststroke for the third straight year. White reached the wall in a time of 1:02.66. Sophomores Nina Fitzgerald of Amherst (1:03.58) and Lily Kurtz of Tufts (1:04.56) followed in second and third place, respectively. All three swimmers reached NCAA B-cut times.

Wesleyan junior Caroline Murphy won her second NESCAC title in as many days. On Saturday, she claimed first place in the 100 backstroke after setting a new NESCAC and NESCAC Championship record in the 50 backstroke on Friday. Murphy posted a time of 54.99 to win the event for the second year in a row. Connecticut College junior Maeve Wilber (56.39) was second and Bowdoin junior Marshall Lowery was third (56.42).

The final day of the NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships begins on Sunday at 10 a.m. with prelim swims. The diving trials are set for 2 p.m. and the evening session begins at 5:30 p.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 Medley Relay Williams (Caroline Conforti, Caroline White, Maia Hare, Gwyneth Maloy) - 1:42.86 % Wesleyan (Caroline Murphy, Mengmeng Gibbs, Maela Whitcomb, Hannah O'Halloran) - 1:43.15 Bate (Janika Ho, Emmy Daigle, Caroline Apathy, Suzy Ryckman) - 1:43.87
1,000-yard Freestyle Alison McNamara, Williams - 10:11.11 Casey Delano, Williams - 10:16.51 Julia Ruggiero, Amherst - 10:18.68
400-yard Individual Medley Molly Craig, Williams - 4:20.76 Bridgitte Kwong, Amherst - 4:25.53 Ellie Sherman, Williams - 4:26.89
100-yard Butterfly Caroline Apathy, Bates - 54.54 Maia Hare, Williams - 54.92 Mary Laurita, Bowdoin - 55.15
200-yard Freestyle Laura Westphal, Williams - 1:48.54 Sterling Dixon, Bowdoin - 1:50.55 Natalie Rumpelt, Amherst - 1:51.21
100-yard Breaststroke Caroline White, Williams - 1:02.66 Nina Fitzgerald, Amherst - 1:03.58  Lily Kurtz, Tufts - 1:04.56
100-yard Backstroke Caroline Murphy, Wesleyan - 54.99 Maeve Wilber, Connecticut College - 56.39 Marshall Lowery, Bowdoin - 56.42

1. Williams -- 1331 points
2. Tufts -- 1063.5 points
3. Amherst -- 947 points
4. Bates -- 732 points
5. Connecticut College -- 700 points
6. Wesleyan -- 653 points
7. Bowdoin -- 580 points
8. Middlebury -- 524 points
9. Trinity -- 317.5 points
10. Colby -- 313 points
11. Hamilton -- 287 points 

Day 4 Schedule - Sunday, February 17
10 a.m. - Swimming Trials
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
1650-yard Freestyle (timed finals)

2 p.m. - Diving Trials
3-meter Diving (6 optionals)

5:30 p.m. - Finals
NCAA Time Trials
1650-yard Freestyle (last heat of timed finals)
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
3-meter Diving (Top 8 - 6 opt.)
400-yard Freestyle Relay
NESCAC Individual & Team Awards