Jeffs Fall to Williams, 187-107
Contact: Ben Badua
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Katie Vincett ’13 and Lulu Belak ’14 picked up wins in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, but the Amherst women’s swimming and diving team suffered its first setback of the season with a 187-107 loss to archrival Williams.
Lizzy Linsmayer ’13 came away with top honors in the 1-meter dive, while Sarah Conklin ’16 and Emily Hyde ’16 accounted for the Jeffs’ only other victories, placing first in the 100-yard butterfly and 200 IM, respectively.
Getting the Ephs off to a fast start, Williams’ Katherine O’Leary ’13 and Rebecca Maher ’13 finished one-two in the 1000-yard freestyle, with Amherst’s Anna Pietrantonio ’14 coming in third with a time of 10:43.54. Caroline Wilson ’13 and Sarah Thompson ’15 made sure the Ephs once again took the top two spots with strong showings in the 200 free, edging out Belak, who earned the bronze with a time of 1:55.85.
Maddy Sprung-Keyser ’13 was the Jeffs’ top finisher in the 100 back, placing third (1:00.19), while Hyde was the runner-up in the 100 breast, clocking in eight tenths of a second off the pace (1:06.91). Nicole Heise ’13 kept the Ephs from taking the top three spots in the 200 fly, sneaking into the third position with a time of 2:09.23, before Vincett recorded the first of five Amherst wins with a 24.42 in the 50 free.
Linsmayer made it two in a row for the visitors with a score of 260.78 in the 1-meter event, before Belak kept the Jeffs rolling, edging out Williams’ Emma Nuzzo ’16 for a victory in the 100 free (53.16). The Ephs got back on track by taking the top three slots in the 200 back, while Hyde and Courtney Flynn ’15 came in second (2:24.59) and third (2:27.64) in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Thompson gave Williams the win in the 500 back, finishing nearly 12 seconds ahead of her closest competitor, before Conklin and Heise turned in the top two times in the 100 fly at 57.48 and 59.08, respectively.
After the Ephs posted the two highest scores in the 3-meter dive, Hyde registered the Jeffs’ only other win of the day, touching in just before O’Leary with a time of 2:09.07 in the 200 IM.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 19 against Hamilton.