Panthers Remain In Second at NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships

February 15, 2014

Fueled by another pair of school-record performances Saturday evening, Middlebury remains in second place following the second day of the 2014 NESCAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship hosted by Williams. The Ephs increased their lead on day two having racked up 1,341 points, while Middlebury (893), Amherst (875.5), Bates (838.5) and Connecticut College (802.5) round out the top five.

Much like yesterday, a school record fell during the evening’s first event. The 200 medley relay quartet of Andrea Tibbetts, Jamie Hillas, Megan Griffin and Morgan Burke touched the wall in second place with a time of 1:44.51, lowering the previous school record set back in 2009. That mark was also an NCAA ‘B’ cut time.

A few events later, Hillas posted her second individual school record in as many days when she lowered her own record time in the 100-meter breaststroke with an NCAA ‘B’ cut mark of 1:03.90. On Friday, Hillas was victorious with a school-record mark in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Other notable performances came from Burke in the 200-meter freestyle with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:53.41 for fourth place, and Griffin also with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 57.26 to finish fourth in the 100 fly. Seventh-place finishes were posted by Cori West in the 1000 free (10:30.71), Madeline Pierce in the 400 individual medley (4:40.03) and Tibbetts in the 100 back (58.27).

The 800 free relay team of Burke, Jennifer Koide, Alexandra Edel and Courtney Haron posted a fifth-place time of 7:45.53 in the evening’s final event.

The Panthers will conclude the championship Sunday. Morning preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m., while the finals session will start at 5:15 p.m. with the 1650 freestyle.