BRUNSWICK, Maine - Amherst mounted a charge to overtake Williams following Day Two of the NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at Greason Pool on the campus of Bowdoin College.
The Jeffs, who entered the day trailing by 78 points, will begin the final day of the championship Sunday with a 26-point lead over the Ephs, who have won all 12 previous titles in NESCAC history. After two days completed, Amherst has 1,355.5 points to lead Williams (1329.5) followed by Middlebury (760.5) and Tufts (733.5).
Amherst opened Saturday evening's championship session with a relay win in the 200 medley as Maddy Sprung-Keyser, Emily Hyde, Nicole Heise and Katie Vincett earned the title in a time of 1:44.54 to establish a new meet record. Charlotte Chudy followed it up with a win in the grueling 1000 yard freestyle (10:18.52) to close the gap even further.
Williams earned its first individual win of the championship courtesy of Caroline Wilson, who won the 400 yard IM in a time of 4:23.15. Sarah Conklin answered for the Jeffs with her second individual win of the weekend in the 100 butterfly (55.66). Sarah Thompson replied for Williams with a win in the 200 freestyle (1:50.56), but the Jeffs finished three in the top five to chip away at the lead.
The last two individual wins of the night belonged to Jenny Hu of Tufts, who claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.15, and Maggie Rosenbaum, who set a new meet record with her second victory of the weekend in the 100 backstroke in 54.70.
Williams closed the evening session with a victory in the 800 freestyle relay (7:30.49) with the team of Katherine O'Leary, Sarah Thompson, Emma Nuzzo and Caroline Wilson.
The final day of the 2013 NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship will begin at 10:00 a.m. Sunday.
1. Amherst (1355.5)
2. Williams (1329.5)
3. Middlebury (760.5)
4. Tufts (733.5)
5. Bates (606)
6. Bowdoin (513)
7. Connecticut College (506.5)
8. Wesleyan (465.5)
9. Hamilton (434)
10. Colby (333)
11. Trinity (310)
200 Medley Relay - Amherst (1:44.54)
1000 Freestyle - Charlotte Chudy, Amherst (10:18.52)
400 Individual Medley - Caroline Wilson, Williams (4:23.15)
100 Butterfly - Sarah Conklin, Amherst (55.66)
200 Freestyle - Sarah Thompson, Williams (1:50.56)
100 Breaststroke - Jenny Hu, Tufts (1:05.15)
100 Backstroke - Maggie Rosenbaum (54.70)
800 Freestyle Relay - Williams (7:30.49)