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Williams College 2019-20 Season Outlook

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Williams College women’s Swimming and Diving team is gearing up for this season after placing fourth at Division III NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in March.

The team graduated a strong class in the spring, notably the reigning 100 butterfly national champion Maia Hare, as well as NCAA finalists Dana Chung and Ali McNamara. Despite the loss of this class, the freshmen class offers a wide variety of talent in the water and on the boards.

Junior Molly Craig was an All-American in three events at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Returning for the Ephs are 2019 NCAA individual All-Americans Laura Westphal ’21 (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1650 freestyle), Molly Craig ’21 (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 butterfly), Caroline White ‘20 (200 IM, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke), with Westphal as the returning champion in the 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle. Other returning 2019 NCAA athletes include Veronica Wolff ’20, Caroline Conforti ’20, Elinor Sherman ’20, Gwyneth Maloy ’21, Casey DeLano ’21, Abby Matheny ’22, Georgia Panitz ’22, and Anna Peterson ’22.

Senior Caroline White

Gabriella Mercier ’21 will be joined on the boards this year by Emma Casey ’23. This duo is looking to dominate the competition this year, with Mercier comping off a strong sophomore season and Casey excited to compete in her first season as an Eph.

On the upcoming season, Head Coach Steve Kuster remarks, “I’m looking forward to seeing this team in action. There is no shortage of ability on this team with an excellent returning group joined by a strong first year class. The keys to the season in my mind will be if we can stay healthy, come together as a cohesive unit and quite honestly how badly the women want to be great.” This season Kuster will be joined again by assistant coaches Allie Clark and Dan MacQuarrie.

This season, the Ephs will open their season with a double header. They will first compete at Springfield on Friday, November 8 at 6:00 PM EST, and then host their first home meet of the season on Saturday, November 16 against Wesleyan, WPI, and Tufts at 1:00 PM EST.

The Ephs open their season Friday, November 15th on the road at Springfield College for a 6 p.m. meet.