Women's Swimming Finishes Fourth At NESCAC's

February 19, 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). Jamie Hillas 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 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, Maddy Berkman and Nora Daly, 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 Ann Carpenter, Alexandra Edel, 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, Courtney Haron, Jen Friedlander and Katherine Loftus 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).

200 Freestyle Relay  - 1:36.16  B-CUT
Ann Carpenter, Alex Edel, Nora Daly, Andie Tibbetts

50 Breaststroke
Jamie Hillas:   29.79 -NESCAC Champion, Middlebury school record

500 Freestyle                       
Katherine Loftus:  5:00.44  B-CUT 

50 Backstroke
Andrea Tibbetts:  26.44 - Middlebury school record
(went 26.33 leading off 200 medley relay re-setting her school record)

400 Medley Relay    
3:50.99  B-CUT    Middlebury school record
Andrea Tibbetts, Jamie Hillas, Maddy Berkman, Nora Dal 

200 Medley Relay
1:45.57 B-CUT   NESCAC champions, Meet record, Wesleyan Pool Record
Andrea Tibbetts, Jamie Hillas, Maddy Berkman, Ann Carpenter

400 IM
Alex Edel 4:35.17 B-CUT
Jen Friedlander 4:33.73 B-CUT

200 Freestyle
Katherine Loftus 1:53.72 B-CUT

100 Breaststroke
Jamie Hillas 1:05.15 B-CUT
Middlebury school record, NESCAC champion

100 Backstroke
Andrea Tibbetts 55.59 A-CUT

800 Freestyle Relay - 7:40.57 B-CUT          
Nora Daly, Courtney Haron, Jen Friedlander, Katherine Loftus

1650 Freestyle
Katherine Loftus 17:31.58 B-CUT

200 Backstroke - Andie Tibbetts 2:02.83 B-CUT
Middlebury school record

400 Freestyle Relay - 3:32.07 B-Cut
Nora Daly, Ann Carpenter, Alex Edel, Andie Tibbetts