Swimming and diving finishes dual meet season undefeated

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have completed their dual meet seasons undefeated with wins over Middlebury, Springfield and Tufts. With these victories, the men’s team ends the dual meet season 7-0. The women’s team finishes at 8-0 and extends its winning streak against Division III teams to 82.

Swimming a tri-meet against Middlebury and Springfield on January 29th, the men defeated Middlebury 218-81 and Springfield 219-73. The women had similar success as they downed Middlebury 205-90 and breezed by Springfield 235-58. A week later, both teams completed their dual meet seasons with wins over Tufts. The men took their meet 188-107, while the women won 182-111.

The Tufts meet was a success story for both teams. Pat McCurdy ’02, tri-captain Don Wood ’00, Alex Poole ’00 and Daniel Morales ’02 placed second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:42.65. Dickey Lammert ’03, Keiller Kyle ’03, Fulton Breen ’03 and Nate Krissoff ’03 touched in just behind them for third in 1:43.80.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the top Williams teams finished within seconds of each other. Breen, John Cole ’00, Lammert and Cyrus King ’00 won with a time of 1:29.13. Justin Stach ’03, Poole, Jason Frink ’00 and Doug Cohan ’00 finished third in 1:31.05.

Swimming the short events for a change, Jeff McBride ’02 was the top finisher in the 50-yard freestyle, placing second in 23.02. Breen won the 100 freestyle in 48.58, while Krissoff touched in third with a time of 49.64. Zach O’Brien ’03 took the 200 freestyle in 1:48.81 and Stach was second in 1:49.67. Frink won the 500 freestyle in 4:58.24 and was closely trailed by Joel Iams ’01 (second, 5:02.20) for the entire race. Lammert placed third as he touched in 5:07.74.

The 1000 was a clean sweep for the Ephmen as Ben Doob ’02, tri-captain Pat Burton ’00 and Iams went 1-2-3 in 9:56.69, 10:11.96 and 10:25.31, respectively.

King won the 100 backstroke in 53.72 while Poole placed second in 56.88. Mike Simerman ’02 took the 200-yard backstroke in 2:02.10.

David Lewis ’03 was the top finisher for the Ephs in the 100 breaststroke, swimming a quick 1:02.58 for second place. Kyle and Kevin Paul ’03 were right on his heels and placed third and fourth in 1:03.44 and 1:03.66, respectively. Lewis won the 200 breaststroke, swimming a 2:16.24. He was followed to the wall by Bevan Londergan ’00 in third (2:22.33).

Todd Gamblin ’02 won both the 100 and 200 butterflies with times of 55.12 and 1:59.39, respectively. Krissoff placed second in the 100 with a 56.54. Junior Jeremy Faust’s 100 time of 56.94 placed him third.

Morales touched in second in the 200 butterfly just .09 behind Gamblin. Friedberg was third in 2:00.65.

In the diving competition Wendell was in top form on both boards, winning one-meter with 263.32 points and taking three-meter with 262.2 points. Chris Abbott ’03 placed fourth on both boards with scores of 152.7 and 143.7 for one and three-meter, respectively.

In the women’s meet the Ephs went 1-2 in both relays. Zibby Stokes ’03, Carissa Carter ’01, Amy Warren ’01 and Jocelyn Sutton ’01 took the 200 medley relay in 1:56.19. Emily Jennings ’03, Leah Sharpe ’02, Charis Anderson ’01 and Phoebe Fisher ’02 placed second in 2:01.26.

An all senior team of Beth Boyd, Erin Anderson, Elizabeth Overbay and Katie Darling won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.03. Rachel DeSouza ’03, Warren, Thompson and Amy Graham ’03 touched just tenths of a second later for second in 1:44.88.

Williams swept the 50-yard freestyle. Thompson won the event in 25.69, followed by Lyssa Castonguay ’01 in 25.89. Sutton placed third in 27.17. Warren owned the 100 free as she flew through the race in 53.79. Carter placed second in 57.24 and DeSouza was third in 58.66.

Hult put in a rare appearance in the 200 freestyle, where she was the Ephs’ top finisher as she swam a 2:03.30 for second. DeSouza touched third in 2:06.71.

Stokes captured the 500-yard freestyle as she swam a 5:26.65 while Overbay placed second in 5:28.06. Overbay was also second in the 1000 as she swam an 11:09.93 for this race. Brennan won the 1000 in 10:17.90 and Melissa McKenzie ’03 was third in 11:34.16.

Jennings was the team’s lone 100 backstroker, an event that she won in 1:03.14. She won the 200 backstroke as well, swimming a time of 2:12.90. Brennan placed second in the 200 with a 2:13.73. E. Anderson won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.84.

Laura Spero ’02 was the top Eph in the 200-yard breaststroke. She placed second in 2:40.73.

Darling captured the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.27. Carter was second in 1:02.89 and Graham placed third in 1:07.51.

The 200 butterfly was also dominated by Williams swimmers. Boyd won the race in 2:13.75 and Stokes placed second in 2:14.74. Darling touched in third with a time of 2:19.14.

Hult and Boyd swam stroke for stroke in the 200 individual medley. Hult won the race in 2:14.22 while Boyd touched second in 2:14.58. C. Anderson placed third in 2:21.48.

Williams divers had a clean sweep on the one-meter board. Caroline Crocker ’03 won the event with 291.90 points. Cyr placed second with 285.25 and Rebecca Steuer ’02 was third with 271.275. Niki Cosgrove ’02 won the three-meter diving competition with 295.05 points and Ronit Stahl ’02 was fourth with a score of 172.825 points.

For some swimmers this meet was the end of the season however other swimmers will be heading to the New England Championships. The women’s meet is this Friday-Sunday at Bowdoin College and the men’s meet is next Friday-Sunday again at Bowdoin.