William Smith College will compete at the 2015 Liberty League Swimming & Diving Championships this weekend, Dec. 4-5, hosted by Rensselaer and Union. The Heron swimmers will travel to Rensselaer’s Robison Pool, while the divers will compete at Union’s Alumni Gym Pool.
The swimming events will be contested over three sessions. Friday will have one session beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday’s racing will be broken into two sessions, with the first one beginning at 9 a.m. and the second one starting at 4 p.m. Diving will be contested in two sessions. Friday’s diving will begin at 4 p.m. and Saturday’s session will start at 11 a.m.
Junior Caroline Conboy enters the meet as a defending champion in two events, the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. Last year, Conboy won the 100 for the second straight year. She posted a Liberty League pool and NCAA “B” cut time of 1:04.59. Later in the day, Conboy won the 200 with a time of 2:24.54, a Rochester facility record. She also touched the wall third in the 200 individual medley. She will look for her third straight conference title in the 100 breaststroke on Saturday morning and go for the repeat in the 200 in Saturday’s afternoon session.
The Herons also got top-three finishes from the 200 and 400 medley relay teams and the 400 freestyle relay team at last year’s meet. The 400 medley relay team of Katie Storch, Conboy, Samantha Burnett ’15, and Kelsey Bohl made a splash establishing what was then a school record with a time of 4:05.55. The same group also placed third in the 200 medley relay. Conboy Storch, Leah Jacob ’15, and Christine Rhoads ’15 guided the freestyle relay team to a third place finish.
Spectator seating at Rensselaer and Union will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are $7 per session or an all-session pass can be purchased for $20. Students are admitted free. Live results will be available at www.collegeswimming.com.
William Smith is 3-1 in dual meets this season, collecting victories over Utica, Alfred and Cobleskill. Against the Fighting Tigers, first-year diver Therese Mandracchia posted an 11-dive score of 434.10 that established a new school record. She was 17 points better than Sarah Costanza’s previous mark set in 2005. Mandracchia’s total score was also an NCAA regional qualifying score.
Conboy enters the conference championship meet with the nation’s 13th fastest 100 breaststroke time of 1:06.61. Her time is also the fastest in the Liberty League to date. Conboy also has the fastest 200 time in the conference, 2:27.33, entering the weekend.
Last season the Herons finished the conference meet in fourth place overall. Rochester won its sixth consecutive women’s title collecting 1,885 points.