Swim and dive teams break records, capture Little Three title in triumph over Amherst

Remaining undefeated on the season, men’s and women’s swimming and diving (3-0) beat archrival Amherst (men 5-1, women 6-1) yesterday at Pratt Pool. The women dominated with a final score of 172 – 128, while the men defeated Amherst 123-118.

The triumph over Amherst meant that Williams, which beat Wesleyan earlier in the season, has captured the Little Three Championship. The men’s team has now won the last four consecutive Little Three titles while the women have now won an incredible 15 consecutive Little Three titles.

“Both meets were just outstanding all the way around,” said head coach Steve Kuster. “These were two of the best meets I have been associated with here at Williams.”

Today’s victory improved the women’s all-time record against Amherst to 24-1-0 and increased their consecutive Division III win streak to 91.

Leading the way for the Ephs was co-captain Ben Doob ’02. Doob won three events: the 1000-yard freestyle (9:38.19), the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.36), and the 500-yard freestyle (4:41.73) and set new pool records in his first two victories of the day.

“The meet was the best meet I’d ever been a part of,” Doob said. “Pretty much everyone on the team contributed ? I can honestly say it was a total team effort from start to finish.

“I’m proud of how I swam, but it was just one of those things where regardless of what any individual did, it took the entire team to pull out the victory and I was extremely proud of how everyone performed.”

Also swimming extremely well for the men was Jeff McBride ’02, who won two individual events, the 100- (47.96) and 200- (1:43.15) yard freestyles, and swam on the winning 400-yard freestyle (3:13.43) relay team. Co-captain Seth Borland ’03 also won the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.18).

Four women, Cristin Brennan ’02, Meredith Olson ’04, Jessica Yankura ’05 and Lindsay Payne ’05, each won two events, leading the Ephs toward victory. Brennan finished first in the 500- (5:12.07) and 1000- (10:41.15) yard freestyles, while Olson swam to victory in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.18) and 200-yard individual medley (2:12.02). Yankura won the 100- (1:00.55) and 200- (2:09.29) yard backstrokes and Payne placed first in the 100- (1:06.72) and 200- (2:25.02) yard breaststrokes.

The Williams women continued their dominance in diving. Caroline Crocker ’03 won both the one-meter (259.86) and three-meter (278.25) events while Rachel Gealy ’04 finished in second place on both boards with scores of 225.82 (one-meter) and 260.48 (three-meter). Jae Cody ’03 also finished in third place on the one-meter (224.17).

“Some people swam incredibly well and those that did not have their best times raced extremely well,” Kuster remarked proudly. “Amherst swam well on both sides; we were just able to do a little more and we were able to come away with the win.”

The Ephs will travel to Maine on Saturday to face the Bowdoin Polar Bears at noon.