Another Record-Breaking Night on Day 2 of Women’s NESCAC Championships

New England Small College Athletic Conference –Women

  • Dates: Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14; prelims 10 AM, finals 6 PM (5:30 on Sunday)
  • Location: Middlebury Natatorium, Middlebury, VT (Eastern Time)
  • Defending Champions: Williams (results)
  • Live Results: Available
  • Live Video: Available
  • Championship Central

Day 2 began with a meet and pool record in the 200 medley relay, as Williams (Katherine Bennett, Olivia Clark, Emma Waddell, and Maia Hare) clocked a 1:42.56 to best Amherst (1:42.94) and Bates (1:44.67). Alison McNamara of Williams followed on with a pool record in the 1000 free, winning in 10:12.30, just in front of defending champion Valerie Urban from Connecticut (10:13.30), with whom she had traded stroke for stroke through 900 yards.

Megan Pierce of Williams won her third 400 IM in a row, this time breaking both the meet and pool records with a commanding 4:17.17. Bates’ Sarah Daher was runner-up, again for the third straight year, with 4:24.91; Bridgitte Kwong of Amherst went 4:29.1 for third.

It didn’t take long for another to record to fall, as Waddell’s 53.37 in the very next event took down the pool record and lowered her own NESCAC mark in the 100 fly by 7/10. Her teammate Hare finished third with 55.30, while Amherst’s Sarah Conklin, the 2014 champion, placed second in 54.97.

Middlebury’s Isabel Wyer got the win in the 200 free, just out-touching Connecticut’s Sam Pierce, 1:50.36 to 1:50.49. Lauren Jones of Williams was right behind in 1:50.98 for third. Emily Hyde of Amherst got the pool record with her 1:00.99 win in the 100 breast. Mariah Rawding of Bowdoin (1:03.39) placed second; Bates’ Melissa Paione was third (1:04.41).

Olivia Jackson of Williams led a 1-2-3 Ephs sweep of the 100 back, touching in 55.47 for a new pool record. Behind her were Bennett (55.62) and Katherine Priest (57.12).

The final event of the evening proved one more occasion to take down a meet and pool record. Williams’ Pierce, Jones, Breanna Nguyen, and Waddell combined for 7:27.00 to win the 800 free relay. Connecticut came in second with 7:31.90, ahead of Amherst’s 7:33.85.


  1. Williams College 1466
  2. Amherst College 976
  3. Bates College 944.5
  4. Connecticut College 771
  5. Middlebury 769.5
  6. Bowdoin College 683
  7. Tufts University 522
  8. Wesleyan University 380
  9. Hamilton College 343
  10. Colby College 298
  11. Trinity College 160


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