AMHERST, Mass. — Williams remained undefeated on the season, and notched its first meet win of the new year, by handily defeating archrival Amherst in its own pool. Williams racked up a total of 185 points against Amherst’s 115, and the Ephs rewrote the record board by setting five new pool records in the victory.
The meet began with a blistering swim in the 200-yard medley relay. The Williams squad of freshman Sarah Thompson, junior Caroline Wilson, and seniors Logan Todhunter and Carolyn Geller finished with a time of 1:46.49, bettering the previous pool record by nearly two seconds. The previous record, also held by a quartet of Williams swimmers, had stood for 12 years. Williams also placed third in the event, with the team of sophomore Stephanie Nguyen, freshmen Molly Prindle and Michaela Kearney and junior Kathryn Ha finishing in a time of 1:51.74.
The standout individual performance of the meet was delivered by senior Logan Todhunter, who bettered her own pool records in the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly. In the 100 Todhunter finished in a time of 55.56, a scant two hundredths of a second faster then the pool record she set as a sophomore in 2010. She finished more than three seconds ahead of her closest competitor, Amherst’s Nicole Heise (58.93), while Williams junior Kathryn Ha finished in third place (59.09). In the 200, Todhunter swam to victory in a time of 2:01.12, which was 51 hundredths faster then her pool record from 2010. Ha would finish as runner up (2:07.83), while Heise placed third (2:09.72).
Another individual pool record was set by junior Caroline Wilson in the 200-yard breaststroke. Wilson won the event in 2:22.00, nearly two seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Courtney Flynn of Amherst. Her time dropped the pool record, set in 2008 by Price from Springfield, by more than two seconds. Individually Wilson would also win the 1000-yard freestyle (10:15.70), beating Becca Thompson of Amherst by 24 seconds. Sophomore Julie Okorn would take third place in a time of 10:42.57.
Wilson and Todhunter would both factor into the final record of the afternoon, as the pair, along with Thompson and Geller cruised to victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Their time of 3:31.79 was 1.51 seconds faster then the previous record, set by Amherst in 2008. The Williams ‘B’ relay of senior Abbie Deal, freshmen Catherine Treesh and Michaela Kearney and junior Kelsey Roggensack placed third in the event.
Senior Carolyn Geller, in addition to factoring into both record setting relay performances, won two individual events, the 50 and 100-yard freestyle. In the 50 Geller finished in a time of 24.58, just ahead of first year Catherine Treesh (24.87). Amherst’s Katie Vincett came in third. In the 100 Geller finished in 52.93, nearly a second ahead of Vincett, and 1.5 seconds ahead of third place Lulu Belak of Amherst.
Not to be outdone was Thompson, the fourth member of the record setting relays, in taking first in two individual events, the 200 yd freestyle as well as the 500-yard freestyle. Her time of 1:52.70 in the 200 was good enough for an NCAA B cut, as she finished three seconds ahead of Stephanie Ternullo of Amherst. Williams junior Kelsey Roggensack placed third with a time of 1:58.26. In the 500 Thompson once again outswam Ternullo, finishing more than eight seconds ahead with a time of 5:01.63. Junior Rebecca Maher from Williams placed third with a time of 5:10.77.
Williams showed its dominance in the 200-yard IM, a specialty event for the Ephs, as they took the first three spots in a sweep. Junior Katherine O’Leary led the charge with a time of 2:12.67, finishing just two hundredths of a second ahead of sophomore Nguyen (2:12.69). Senior Bonnie Patchen completed the sweep with her time of 2:12.81, a further 12 hundredths back.
On the boards, Williams sophomore McKenzie Murdoch won the 3-meter competition with a score of 259.80, 20 points ahead of second-placed Lizzy Linsmayer of Amherst (239.55). Williams junior Hannah Wilson would place third (230.40) while first year Michelle Higgins placed fourth (228.45). On the 1-meter board Linsmayer would take first place (240.23), with Wilson second (237.22), Murdoch third (235.80) and Higgins fourth (230.10).
“Today was a solid win for us,” Williams head coach Steve Kuster said. “It’s always good to beat your rival and I saw some encouraging things today.
“Our big four — Caroline Wilson, Logan Todhunter, Carolyn Geller, and Sarah Thompson — swam very well today and combined for 10 wins [in a meet with 16 events]. We got some other good contributions from KC Ha, Becca Maher, Bonnie Patchen and our divers. It’s also good to have our swimmers back from abroad.”
“I saw a little better results in terms of our depth, but we still need to be much better in that area before NESCAC’s. I don’t think this was the most spirited meet we’ve ever swum and dove against Amherst, but I know we’ll be better come NESCAC’s.”