Jeffs Fall to Williams, 189-104
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst women’s swimming and diving team dropped its first dual meet of the season with a 189-104 loss to archrival Williams College at Pratt Pool.
Getting the home team off to a good start, Sabrina Lee ’15, Emily Hyde ’16, Sarah Conklin ’16 and Lulu Belak ’14 gave Amherst the win in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:47.17, finishing just two tenths of a second ahead of Williams’ ‘A’ squad of Katherine Bennett ’16, Breanna Nguyen ’16, Alyssa Levine ’14 and Faye Sultan ’16.
Eph first-year Megan Pierce gave the visitors their first victory of the afternoon by finishing 26 seconds ahead of her closest competitor in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:20.35. The Ephs’ Sarah Thompson ’15 and Lauren Jones ’17 placed one-two in the 200-free, while Belak rounded out the top three with a time of 1:56.71.
Lee narrowly edged out Williams’ Olivia Jackson ’17 in the 100-yard backstroke, touching in at 58.56 for the victory. Hyde made it two in a row for Amherst with a 1:06.24 in the 100-yard breaststroke, but Pierce snapped the Jeffs’ streak with her second win of the day thanks to a time of 2:05.09 in the 200-fly.
Sultan came out victorious in a closely contested 50-yard freestyle, just finishing before Amherst’s Ashleigh Stoddart ’14 with a time of 24.51, while Williams swept the top three spots in the 1-meter dive led by Michelle Higgins ’15 (284.10). Sultan continued to impress in the 100-free, besting Thompson for the win (53.02), while Bennett rose to the top of the podium in the 200-back by edging out Lee with a time of 2:05.49.
Hyde took the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:23.67, while Nguyen (2:25.53) and the Jeffs’ Abby Hahn ’14 (2:27.08) placed second and third, respectively. Paced by Thompson (5:03.39) and Jones (5:04.07), Williams came out victorious in the 500-free, while Conklin paved the way for an Amherst win in the 100-fly by clocking in at 58.40.
After the Ephs swept the 3-meter dive, Pierce just beat out Hyde in the day’s final individual event with a time of 2:07.64 in the 200 IM. Jones, Sultan, Nguyen and Thompson captured victory in the 400-yard freestyle (3:33.24) to close out the scoring.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 25 at MIT.