The William Smith College swimming and diving team defeated Utica this afternoon to kick off its 2015-16 campaign. The Herons finished 1-2-3 in each of the first four events to cruise to a 137-85 victory.
William Smith (1-0) opened the meet finishing first and second in the 400-yard medley relay. Sophomore Katie Storch, juniors Caroline Conboy and Kelsey McElwain, and senior Brooke Adams touched the wall first with a winning time of 4:21.19. The Heron “B” relay team of sophomores Emily Haskins, Kate Moreau, and Ava Lillian and first-year Nicole Katchis finished seven seconds behind them.
In the 1000 freestyle, William Smith posted its first 1-2-3 finish of the day. First-year Kelley Mantz finished 35 seconds clear of the field with a time of 11:52.46. Adams placed second and senior Cece Carsky-Bush finished third. In the 200 freestyle, Katchis, Haskins and first-year Maddie Lacey finished first, second, and third respectively. Katchis paced the field with a time of 2:06.97.
The Pioneers first win of the day came in the 50 free. Phoebe King turned in a winning time of 25.92. The Herons took the event, however, with Storch, Therese Mandracchia, and McElwain finishing second through fourth. King also won the 100 freestyle with a time of 57.99.
Katchis’ second individual win of the day came in the 200 butterfly. She placed first with a time of 2:22.77. Adams touched the wall second, 13 seconds back. Storch collected an individual victory in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:18.62. With the meet in hand, the Herons individual swimmers swam exhibition in the final three events. Conboy turned in the fastest time in the 500 freestyle, stopping the clock at 5:37.13. Carsky-Bush touched the wall second. Mantz finished first in the 200 breaststroke.
Utica did not have a 3-meter diving board so the divers competed on the 1-meter board twice. In the first round, Mandracchia turned in a five dive score of 167.40, first-year Hannah Schley posted a five dive score of 126.70, and first-year Emily Wilkinson scored 123.60 for five dives. The second time through, each diver was scored on six dives. Mandracchia posted a score of 215.10, Schley 170.35, and Wilkinson 167.70.
William Smith will be back in the pool on Saturday, Nov. 7, when they take on Alfred in Bristol Pool. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.