Panther women swim to fourth
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s swimming and diving teams set several school records and finished fourth among 11 teams while hosting the NESCAC women’s swimming and diving championships this past weekend.
Williams captured its third consecutive title, amassing 2,045 points during the three-day meet. Amherst finished in second place with 1,343 points, followed by Bates (1,317.5), Middlebury (1,090.5) and Connecticut College (1,013).
On Friday, Isabel Wyer posted the first school record by touching the wall first in the 500 freestyle final. Her NESCAC-winning time of 4:54.36 was better than the second-place finisher by 2.74 seconds and erased the previous school-record mark of 4:58.87 set by Marika Ross in 2007.
Megan Griffin, who eclipsed her own school record in the 50 fly during Friday’s preliminary in 25.29, touched the wall in the evening’s championship final with a time of 25.44, good for third place.
In the night’s initial event final, the 200 free relay team of Morgan Burke, Wyer, Griffin and Stephanie Andrews finished sixth in 1:36.47. Another notable performance came from Burke in the 50 free with a 10th-place tie in 24.40 during the consolation final. On the diving board, Elissa DeNunzio amassed 347.50 points during the 1-meter final and finished in seventh.
On Saturday, Wyer won the 200 free in 1:50.36, eclipsing the previous school record of 1:51.00 set back in 2010 by Nora Daly. Morgan Burke finished fifth during the same event in 1:52.63.
The Panther 200 medley relay team of Sarah Bartholomae, Liza MacCowatt, Megan Griffin and Stephanie Andrews finished eighth in 1:47.00.
In the 1,000 free, Lucy Scott finished in 10:33.09, good for ninth. Other top finishes were posted by Griffin with a seventh-place swim in the 100 fly in 56.86, while Madeline Pierce finished eighth in the 400 individual medley (4:39.66).
The 800 free relay team of Wyer, Burke, Kristin Karpowicz and Andrews posted a fifth-place effort of 7:36.82.
Scott began the final evening for the Panthers with an eighth-place finish in the 1,650 free in 17:41.22, while Wyer swam to sixth in the 200 back in 2:03.27.
Other top-10 finishes came from Morgan Burke, who was fourth in the 100 free in 51.94. Lily Sawyer finished second in the 200 fly consolation final with a time of 2:08.94, good for 10th place.
DeNunzio dove to a fifth-place finish in Sunday’s 3-meter competition with 391.25 points.
In the final event of the evening, the Middlebury team of Burke, Griffin, Wyer and Andrews finished sixth in the 400 free relay in 3:29.31.
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