Women's Swimmers Place Second At NESCAC's

February 24, 2008

The Middlebury College women's swimming and diving team turned in an impressive performance as the Panthers placed second at the NESCAC Championships hosted by Wesleyan. Williams won the event, with Amherst placing third and Connecticut College coming in fourth.

Seniors Marika Ross (Shorewood, Wis.) and Alanna Hanson (Golden Bridge, N.Y.) both earned impressive honors. Ross shared senior swimmer of the year honors, given to the athlete with the most points scored at NESCAC Championship meets, while Hanson earned the honor in diving.

Ross ended the meet with three individual NESCAC titles, capturing the 50 fly (25.76), 100 fly (56.08) and the 200 fly (2:02.23). Her time in the 50 was a varsity record, her 100 effort was a Wesleyan pool record and an NCAA "A" cut, as was her performance in the 200.

Also capturing the NESCAC title was the 200 free relay team, who set a varsity record, Wesleyan pool record and made an NCAA "A" with a time of 1:35.43. The team comprised of Ross, senior Pam Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand), sophomore Katie Remington (Madison, Wis.) and first-year swimmer Emily McDonald (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) finished the race with the fastest time in the country this season.

McDonald made a "B" cut with a second place finish in the 50 free (24.09), while doing the same with a varsity record in the 100 free (52.04). Senior Sara Cowie (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) placed second in the 1000 free (10:27.48), while Hanson earned a second place finish with 447.85 points in three-meter diving.

Three Middlebury relay teams turned in impressive performances, all placing second at the meet. The 400 medley squad of Ross, McDonald, junior Catherine Suppan (Burlington, Vt.) and senior Katie Chambers (Annapolis, Md.) made a "B" cut in 3:55.33. Also earning a "B" cut were the 200 medley team comprised of Chatikavanij, Suppan and rookies Annie Friedlander (Deephaven, Minn.) and Jessie Ward (Pittsford, N.Y.), who finished with a time of 1:47.85. The third of the three second place relay teams was the 400 free squad, who made an "A" cut and set a new school record with a time of 3:29.56. Team members on that record-breaking relay were Ross, McDonald, Chatikavanij and Remington.