Women's Swimmers Place Third At NESCAC's

February 20, 2005

2/20/05 - The Middlebury College women's swimming and diving teams placed third overall as they hosted the 2005 NESCAC Swimming & Diving Championships. Williams won the event, with Amherst placing second.

It was an amazing weekend for Middlebury rookies Marika Ross (Shorewood, Wis.) and Sara Cowie (N. Palm Beach, Fla.), as they each won three NESCAC individual titles. Ross set three NESCAC Championship meet records, while also breaking an overall NESCAC record in the 200 fly. She picked up wins in the 200 IM (2:04.98), 400 IM (4:29.71) and the 200 fly (2:03.09).

Cowie set a NESCAC Championship meet record, winning the 1000 free with a time of 10:21.04. She also earned wins in the 500 free (5:02.64) and the 1650 free (17:19.50). Coming in with a pair of top four finishes was sophomore Barbara Van der Veer (Pittsburgh, Pa.). She placed third in the 100 free with a time of 52.73, while coming in fourth in the 50 free in 24.42. First-year swimmer Anna Flores (W. Hartford, Conn.) also turned in a top four finish with a third place effort in the 50 breaststroke (30.86).

In diving action, senior Tessa Truex (Wethersfield, Conn.) placed second in both the 1M (365.95) and 3M (427.80) competitions. She was named the NESCAC Diver of the Year, while her coach Lisa Gibbs was deemed the NESCAC Diving Coach of the Year.

In relay action, the 200 free team placed second overall with a time of 1:35.51. The team was comprised of Van der Veer, Ross, sophomore Liz Rice (New Canaan, Conn.) and senior Lauren King (Snellville, Ga.). The team of Van der Veer, Rice, Ross and first-year swimmer Pam Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand) placed third in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:31.50. Rounding out the top four relay finishes was the 200 medley squad comprised of Van der Veer, Flores, Rice and sophomore Rebecca Reingold (Oakland, Calif.). The foursome placed fourth overall with a time of 1:49.24.