INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A pair of NESCAC women's swimming and diving teams, Williams and Connecticut College, sit in the top-10 following the first day of competition at the 2018 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, while the Tufts men's swimming and diving team also ranks in the top-10. The championship is being held at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. Franklin College and the Indiana Sports Corporation are co-hosting the event.
The Williams women's swimming and diving team sits in third place with 114 points, while Connecticut College is in 10th with 18 points. Bates is 11th and Amherst is 13th with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Emory is in first place with 146 points.
In the men's championship, Tufts leads the NESCAC contingent in eighth place with 41 points and is followed by Williams, which is tied for 13th (16 points). Denison is in first place with 138.5 points.
In the evening's first event, the 500-yard freestyle, a trio of Ephs finished 11-12-16 in the consolation final. Rookies Jackson Karofsky and James Lovette lead the Williams contingent. Karofsky paced the group with a time of 4:27.88 to finish 11th, while Lovette was just behind at 4:28.33 for 12th place. Sophomore Andrew Trunsky rounded out trio, finishing 16th with a time of 4:33.15. All three swimmers earned Honorable Mention All-America honors.
In the women’s race, Williams first-year Laura Westphal captured the individual national title. She improved on her time of 4:50.10 in the preliminaries, posting a time of 4:47.85 in the finals to capture first place. Teammates Allison McNamara, a junior, and rookie Gwyneth Malloy finished seventh (4:57.86) and 12th (4:57.44), respectively. Westphal and McNamara earned All-America honors, while Malloy was an Honorable Mention All-American.
In the women’s 200-yard individual medley, three Williams swimmers qualified to compete in the evening session. First-year Molly Craig (2:02.01) and sophomore Caroline White (2:02.90) finished 4-5 to earn All-America accolades. Senior Madeline Downs was 16th in the consolation final with a time of 2:05.78 to earn honorable mention honors.
Tufts sophomore Roger Gu turned in a fourth-place finish in the men’s 50-yard freestyle. Gu, who broke the 20-second mark in the preliminaries, finished the finals with a time of 20:06 and earned All-America honors.
Senior Emma Waddell of Williams was the national runner-up in the women’s 50-yard freestyle. She posted a time of 22.74 to earn All-America honors. Middlebury sophomore Frances VanerMeer also qualified for the evening session in the event and set a Middlebury school record with a time of 23.62 and picked up Honorable Mention All-America honors.
Middlebury sophomore Mike Chirico finished 15th in the 3-meter diving event, registering 420. 65 points.
In the last event of the evening, the 200-yard medley relay, the Tufts team of Kingsley Bowen, Matthew Manfre, Costantino Camerano and Gu finished sixth with a time of 1:29.13. In the consolation final, Bates senior Riley Ewing, junior Alex Bedard, senior Teddy Pender and senior Jonathan Depew combined for a time of 1:30.81 to take 12th place. The Williams team of senior Timothy Kostolansky, juniors Curtis Maher and Jack Melnick, and rookie David Pearcy finished 15th (1:31.65).
In the women’s race, the Williams team of sophomores Caroline Conforti and Caroline White, along with junior Maia Hare and senior Emma Waddell finished fourth (1:41.93), while junior Maeve Wilber, sophomores Mary Erb and Lily Gribbel and senior Juliette Lee of Connecticut College placed ninth (1:43.63) in the championship final. In the consolation final, the Bates squad of sophomore Janika Ho, senior Logan McGill, first-year Caroline Apathy and senior Hope Logan set a program record with a time of 1:4386 to finish 10th. The Amherst team of seniors Geralyn Lam and Stephanie Moriarty and sophomores Natalie Rumpelt and Ingrid Shu, placed 11th (1:44.18), while the Wesleyan team of senior Zoe Kerrich and sophomores Caroline Murphy, Hannah O'Halloran and Grace Middleton posted a time of 1:44.83 to finish 15th overall.
Day 2 of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships begins on Thursday with preliminary races at 10 a.m. followed by championship races at 6 p.m.