Murphy Wins 50-Yard Backstroke; Cardinals Set 10 Program Records at NESCAC Championships

Photo courtesy of Ronald Wimer P '19
Photo courtesy of Ronald Wimer P '19

THE BASICS:

Result:
7th of 11
Location: Brunswick, Maine (Leroy Greason Pool)
Dates: Friday Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 12
The Lead: Freshman Caroline Murphy won the 50-yard backstroke with a school record time of 26.18 as the Wesleyan University women's swimming & diving team finished seventh overall at the conference championships, hosted by Bowdoin College this past weekend. 

Williams College won its fourth consecutive title, and 16th overall. Amherst came in second, followed by Connecticut College in third, with Middlebury and Bates rounding out the top five.

DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Zoe Kerrich '18, Murphy, Sophia Antonio '19 and Hannah O'Halloran '20 set a new record time in the event, as the team finished in seventh place with a time of 1:35.86, breaking the old record of 1:36.86, which was set at last year's championships.
  • The 400-yard medley relay team of Murphy, Kerrich, O'Halloran and Charlotte Pitts '18 finished fifth overall with a time of 3:49.43. The 100-yard backstroke time by Murphy (56.03) is a new school record. 

DAY TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Kerrich touched the wall in 1:03.76 in the 100-yard breaststroke event, which was good enough for fourth overall and a new school record.
  • Murphy took home second in the 100-yard backstroke event with a time of 55.64, which broke the school record she set on day one. 

DAY THREE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • O'Halloran completed the 200-yard backstroke in 2:03.37, which gave her seventh place.
  • Murphy placed ninth in the 100-yard freestyle with a mark of 52.36.
  • Kerrich earned a ninth place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke as she touched the wall in 2:19.82.
  • Kerrich, O'Halloran, Grace Middleton '20, and Murphy finished the 400-yard freestyle in sixth with their time of 3:29.15, which is a new school record.

TOP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals set a total of 10 varsity records throughout the tournament.
  • Additionally, Wesleyan recorded 10 NCAA "B" qualifying marks; Kerrich in the 100 breaststroke, Murphy and O'Halloran in the 100 back, O'Halloran in the 200 back, Kerrich in the 200 breast, and the 200 medley relay, the 400 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay teams. Kerrich also recorded a NCAA "B" cut time in the 100 free as the lead-off leg in the 400 free relay.
  • Murphy is the first member of the women's swimming & diving team to win a NESCAC Championship, and is just the third Cardinal overall joining former men's swimmers Ben Byers '07 and JP Valette '10.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will be back in the pool on Sunday, February 19th as they will host the February Invitational, which will begin at 4:30 p.m.

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