Women Finish Third At NESCAC's

February 18, 2007

The Middlebury College women's swimming and diving teams finished third overall at the NESCAC Championships hosted by Williams. The host school won the event, followed by Amherst, Middlebury and Connecticut College. The Panthers set five varsity records and had five individual NESCAC Champions, as well as a championship relay team.

Junior Marika Ross (Shorewood, Wis.) won three events on the day, breaking several records. She won the 200 fly event in 2:01.25, setting a new school, pool and NESCAC record, while qualifying for the NCAA's in the event. Ross also set a new school record by swimming the first leg of the 800 free relay in 1:53.76, while making the NCAA's in the 100 fly with a time of 54.45. Ross also captured the 50 fly in 25.85, setting a new school and pool record.

Junior Sara Cowie (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) won both the 1000 and 1650 free events at the championship meet. She finished the 1000 free in 10:21.95, while qualifying for the NCAA's with a time of 17:17.37 in the 1650 race. Cowie earned a second place finish in the 500 free, finishing with a time of 5:03.40.

Junior Alanna Hanson (Golden Bridge, N.Y.) and rookie Katie Soja (Sudbury, Mass.) both earned second place finishes. Hanson set a new school record with 444.20 points in the three-meter diving event, while Soja finished second in the 1000 free with a time of 10:27.02.

Middlebury's 200 freestyle relay team comprised of Ross, senior Barbara Van der Veer (Pittsburgh, Pa.), first-year racer Katie Remington (Madison Wis.) and sophomore Lindsey Dattels (Wilmette, Ill.), won the event with a time of 1:37.07.

Three other relay teams finished in second place at NESCAC's, with the 400 medley squad setting a new school record. Sophomore Catherine Suppan (Burlington, Vt.), junior Katie Chambers (Annapolis, Md.), Ross and Van der Veer made up the squad, who finished in 3:54.23

Ross, Cowie along with rookies Beth Bacon (Novelty, Ohio) and Yu Wang (Beijing, China) were a part of the second place 400 medley team that had a time of 7:43.57.

Van der Veer, Ross, junior Pam Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand) and senior Liz Rice (New Canaan, Conn.) were a part of the 400 free team that finished with a time of 3:31.11.