Swimming teams remain undefeated; Smith and Union fall to Eph powerhouse

In what was a very successful week for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, the men improved to 2-0 and the women to 3-0.

The women’s team kicked off the week in triumphant fashion by soundly defeating the visiting Smith College team, 189-90. Led by strong efforts from several individuals with multiple victories, the Ephs also registered numerous NCAA B qualifying efforts.

Heather Cyr ’00 won both the 1 and 3-meter diving events with respective scores of 246.23 and 249.45 points. Co-captain Jessica Stokes ’99 was victorious in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:57.58- fast enough to make a B cut for NCAAs . Erin Anderson ’00 won both the 50 and100-yard breaststroke in times of 30.498 and 1:08.29, the latter good for a B cut at the NCAAs. Both the 50 and 100-yard butterfly races were won by sophomore Amy Warren; swimming the 50-yard race in 27.8 seconds, while her 1:00.07 time for the 100-yard race was also an NCAA B cut qualifier. Cristen Brennan and her classmate Britta Hult, both first-years, also made B cuts: Brennan did so with a time of 5:08.647 in the 500-yard freestyle while Hult registered a time of 4:44.06 in the 400-yard IM. Also victorious were the 200-yard medley relay team consisting of sophomores Jocelyn Sutton, Charis Anderson, Carissa Carter and Amy Warren, finishing in 1:57.55. The Ephs then won the 200-yard relay in a time of 1:43.87 with sophomores Warren, Liana Thompson, Lyssa Castonguay and first year Rachel Seys composing the Williams lineup.

Following the women’s win against Smith, both the men’s and women’s teams headed west to take on Union College during what was to be a successful day. The men decimated their Union opponents 214-85 while the women topped that performance, with an amazing 163 point victory margin. Williams head coach Carl Samuelson noted that the team rose to the occasion after a hard, tiring winter training trip; adding that he thought the team did as well as it could have under the circumstances.

The Ephmen were led by senior co-captain Jon Shade and juniors Cyrus King, Chris Wendell and Jason Frink. Shade took first in the 100 and 200-yard breast stroke races in times of 1:01.47 and 2:16.84. King won both the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard IM with times of 1:45.58 and 2:00.33. Wendell, the team’s top diver, won both the 1-meter (with 243.35 points) and 3-meter dives (with 215.85 points). Frink was the winner in both the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly. He swam the 100-yard in 53.75 seconds and the 200-yard in 1:58.19.

The Williams women were helped on their road to victory by impressive performances by senior co-captain Jessica Stokes, juniors Heather Cyr and Erin Anderson, as well as first-years Britta Hult and Cristen Brennan. Stokes won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.54, a national B cut time, and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:15.48. Anderson took first in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke, with national B cut times in both. Her time for the 100-yard race was 1:07.34, while she swam the 200-yard race in 2:28.19. Cyr was the winner in the 1-meter dive with 242.25 points, and the 3-meter dive with 238.35 points. Hult had victories in both the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard backstroke. She swam the 100-yard back in 1:02:60, while her 2:12:73 time in the 200-yard IM was also a B cut. Brennan had first place finishes in the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle races, with times of 5:11.83 and 10:30.53.

Both men and women’s teams next square off against Amherst this Saturday at home. The women will swim at 1 PM and the men at 4 PM. Samuelson remarked that this is a big meet against Williams’ rival school and both teams are looking forward to the challenge.

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