Women's Swimmers Perform Well At NESCAC's

February 19, 2006

The Middlebury College women's swimming and diving team turned in an impressive second place finish at the 2006 NESCAC Championships hosted by Bowdoin College. Williams won the event, with Amherst in third and Tufts in fourth place.

Sophomore Marika Ross (Shorewood, Wis.) had another stellar weekend, winning three NESCAC titles, while setting several records. Ross won the 50 fly in 25.87 seconds, setting a new school record as well as pool record at Bowdoin. Her time of 55.76 in the 100 fly made her one of only two Division III women to finish the race under 56 seconds. She also set a school, pool, NESCAC and NESCAC Championship record with her effort. Her third NESCAC crown came in the 200 fly, as she finished with a time of 2:03.25 on the day.

Sophomore Sara Cowie (N. Balm Beach, Fla.) won two NESCAC Championships over the three-day meet, while also breaking a pair of records. Cowie set a new NESCAC meet record with a time of 17:13.20 in the 1,650 free race. She broke the pool record with her winning time of 10:22.37 in the 1,000 free. Cowie also placed second in the 500 free with a time of 5:03.31.

Sophomore diver Alanna Hanson (Golden Bridge, N.Y.) won the NESCAC one-meter title with 419 points, while earning a fourth place finish with 399.95 points in the three-meter event.

First-year racer Catherine Suppan (Burlington, Vt.) had three top-four finishes at Bowdoin, breaking a pair of school records. Suppan broke the school mark in the 100 breaststroke, placing fourth with a time of 1:06.69. She did the same with a third place finish in the 200 breaststroke race (2:25.49), while placing fourth in the 200 IM (2:10.01).

Middlebury's other top-four finisher was senior McKenna Moreau (Canton, N.Y.), who earned a time of 2:08.53 in the 200 backstroke.

The Panthers also boasted a pair of second place finishes in relay races. The team of Ross, sophomore Pam Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand) and juniors Barbara Van der Veer (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Liz Rice (New Cannan, Conn.) finished with a time of 1:37.41 in the 200 free.

Cowie, Suppan, Ross and first-year swimmer Cornelieke Lammers (Hingham, Mass.) earned a second place finish in the 800 free with a time of 7:44.59.

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