February 20, 2012

After sitting in fourth place after each day of the 2012 NESCAC women’s swimming and diving championships hosted by Wesleyan University, the Panthers held on strong for a fourth place overall finish. Williams won the event (1,430), followed by Amherst (1,430), Tufts (1,261) and Middlebury (1,125). First-year racer Jamie Hillas (Woodbridge, Conn.) won two individual titles, while one relay team took home a NESCAC crown.

On day one, Hillas earned the NESCAC title in the 50 breaststroke, finishing the event with a time of 29.79. Sophomore Andrea Tibbetts (Dover, Mass.) earned a second place finish in the 50 back, earning a time of 26.44. Also placing second was the 400 medley relay team of Tibbetts, Hillas, rookie Maddy Berkman (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and junior Nora Daly (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), who made an NCAA “B” cut with a time of 3:50.99.

Also earning a “B” cut with a third place (1:36.16) finish in the 200 free relay were first-year racer Ann Carpenter (Arlington, Va.), sophomore Alexandra Edel (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Daly and Tibbetts.

Hillas won her second NESCAC title on day two, capturing the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.41 for a "B" cut. 

The 200 medley relay team also won the NESCAC crown, finishing with a time of 1:45.57 for a "B" cut and a NESCAC meet record. Tibbetts, Hillas, Berkman and Carpenter comprised the group.

Middlebury's 800 free relay team earned a "B" cut with a time of 7:40.57, good for second place. Daly, rookie Courtney Haron (N. Kingstown, R.I.), junior Jen Friedlander (Deephaven, Minn.) and senior Katherine Loftus, (Madison, Conn.) made up the team.

Placing second at the meet in the 100 back was Tibbetts, who finished with a time of 55.59.

Day three saw Tibbetts earn a “B” cut with a second place finish in the 200 back (2:02.83). Also earning a “B” cut in the 400 free relay (3:32.07) with a third place finish were Daly, Carpenter, Tibbetts and Edel.

Other top finishes at the meet included Loftus in the 500 free (5:00.44-4th-B, sophomore Rachel Curtiss (Brentwood, Tenn.) in the 50 back (27.28-4th) and Hillas in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.58-7th). In diving, sophomore Colleen Harper (Evanston, Ill.) finished sixth in the 1M (389.83) and eight in the 3M (376.55), while junior Hannah King (Paget, Bermuda) was seventh in the 3M (378.10). Edel (4:35.17) and Friedlander (4:33.73) both earned “B” cuts in the 400 IM, while Loftus did the same in the 200 free (1:53.72).

• Women’s swim record: 7-1, men’s swim record: 3-5
• Up next: 2/24-26 @ NESCAC Champ. (men @ Williams)