- January 20, 2018
- Meet Results
- WOMEN: William & Mary 204, Davidson 56
- MEN: William & Mary 205.5, Davidson 53.5
Courtesy of William & Mary Athletics
WOMEN: The William & Mary women’s swimming team broke the pool record in the opening relay and never looked back Saturday, cruising past Davidson 204-56 to clinch the win on Senior Day. With the victory, the Tribe improved to 11-2, the third-best win total in school history, while the Wildcats fell to 0-8 on the year.
W&M won 12 of the 14 events on the day, and also broke two pool records as well as a dual-meet record. That came in the very first event, the 200 medley relay, where the team of Katie Sell(Fredericksburg, Va.), seniors Annie Valls (Miami, Fla.) and Abby Mack (Wayne, Pa.), and Annie Miller (Houston, Texas) powered to a 1:42.69 win, the ninth-fastest race in school history. That also beat the pool and dual-meet record of 1:43.34 set against Towson in 2015, by a relay quartet that also included Sell and Valls.
The second pool record came in the 400 IM, when junior Morgan Smith (Verona, N.J.) won the race in 4:29.34 to beat the old mark of 4:30.78, set all the way back on Jan. 26, 2007, by Richmond’s Lauren Beaudreau. In between those two races, Tribe winners included freshman Megan Bull (Hillsborough, N.J.), who won both the 1,000 free in 10:18.55, and the 100 free in 52.76 seconds. The senior Mack won the 200 fly in 2:07.30, and her classmate Shannon Harrington (Philadelphia, Pa.) won both the 100 back, in 58.47 seconds, and the 200 breast in 2:22.36.
Junior Maria Oceguera (New Rochelle, N.Y.) won two events of her own, first stopping the clock in the 200 free in 1:55.06, and then coming back with a 5:07.48 win in the 500 free. The junior Miller won her signature event, the 50 free, in 23.82 ahead of her classmate Sell, who then came back in the 100 fly for the win in 57.23 seconds. Finishing off the day was the 400 free relay, where the team of Emma Herold (Kohler, Wisc.), Bull, Tara Tiernan (West Hartford, Conn.), and Sell combined for an easy win in 3:30.15.
200 Medley Relay – W&M 1:42.69 (Katie Sell, Annie Valls, Abby Mack, Annie Miller), W&M 1:45.55 (Emma Merrill, Jess Crowley, Madeline High, Meghan Schilken)
1000 Free – Megan Bull (W&M) 10:18.55, Norah Hunt (W&M) 10:36.63
200 Free – Maria Oceguera (W&M) 1:55.06, Emma Herold (W&M) 1:55.37
100 Back – Shannon Harrington (W&M) 58.47, Madeline High (W&M) 58.52
100 Breast – Sarah Coats (DC) 1:06.76, Lauren Freeman (W&M) 1:07.02
200 Fly – Abby Mack (W&M) 2:07.30, Rachel Anderson (W&M) 2:08.17
50 Free – Annie Miller (W&M) 23.82, Katie Sell (W&M) 24.11
100 Free – Megan Bull (W&M) 52.76, Emma Herold (W&M) 52.96
200 Back – Sarah Shepherd (DC) 2:09.43, Abby Jones (W&M) 2:09.65
200 Breast – Shannon Harrington (W&M) 2:22.36, Lauren Freeman (W&M) 2:25.21
500 Free – Maria Oceguera (W&M) 5:07.48, Tara Tiernan (W&M) 5:08.93
100 Fly – Katie Sell (W&M) 57.23, Abby Mack (W&M) 57.78
400 IM – Morgan Smith (W&M) 4:29.34, Julia Bland (W&M) 4:34.30
400 Free Relay – W&M 3:30.15 (Emma Herold, Megan Bull, Tara Tiernan, Katie Sell), W&M 3:35.72 (Meghan Schilken, Annie Miller, Nina Lesser, Jess Crowley)
W&M’s 11-2 record is the third-best ever in school history … The 1967-68 and 1968-69 teams both went 12-0 … The Tribe also completed its third-straight undefeated season at home, and hasn’t lost since the 2014-15 season in its home pool … W&M’s seven-match winning streak at home is tied for the second-longest ever, behind only the 48-meet monster that extended from the program’s founding in 1964-65 until December of 1972 … Along with the men’s team, that finished 10-1, this is the first year since 1970-71 that both W&M swim teams won at least 10 meets in the same season.
With the regular-season complete, William & Mary begins its preparations for the Colonial Athletic Association Championships, Feb. 14-17 in Christiansburg, Va. Before then, the Tribe will send several athletes to the Virginia Tech Invitational, Feb. 2-4.