Women's Swimming & Diving

VanderMeer Wins Second-Straight NESCAC Title in 50 Freestyle

Frances VanderMeer won her second-straight NESCAC Title in the 50 free.
Frances VanderMeer won her second-straight NESCAC Title in the 50 free.

Frances VanderMeer won her second-straight NESCAC Title in the 50-yard freestyle during the first full day of competition at the 2020 NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship. The Panthers are hosting the meet and sit in sixth place with 337 points following Friday's action. Williams lead the way with 754 points, while Tufts and Amherst round out the top-three.

VanderMeer's winning time of 23.60 was an NCAA 'B' cut mark. She also earned All-NESCAC honors in the 50 backstroke, placing second with a time of 25.70 to earn her third-straight conference honors in the event. Earlier in the day, VanderMeer broke her own school record in the event with a time of 25.69.  

The 200 free relay comprised of VanderMeer, Erin Kelly, Lily Siemasko and Courtney Gantt placed fifth with a time of 1:35.43, an NCAA 'B' cut mark. Haley Hutchinson earned sixth place in the 200 IM with a time of 2:06.69, while Gantt earned sixth in the 50 free, clocking in at 24.07. The 400 medley relay (Julianna Haensly, Hutchinson, Siemasko and VanderMeer) placed seventh with a time of 3:54.37. Olivia Rieur recorded 375.75 points off the 1-meter board to earn ninth place honors.

Competition resumes on Saturday morning with preliminaries at 10:00 a.m., followed by diving at 2:00 p.m. and finals at 5:50 p.m. in Middlebury's Natatorium.