W&M Women's Swimming and Diving Beats Delaware, 155-136
NEWARK, DEL - The William and Mary women's swimming and diving team split its tri-meet on the road Saturday, beating the host school and conference foe Delaware 155-136, and falling to UMBC 177-121. The Tribe is now 7-5 on the year, and 3-2 against Colonial Athletic Association schools.
Junior Hailey Hewitt was the Tribe's top performer on the day, claiming five victories including four in her three individual events. Her day began on the College's 200 medley relay that beat Delaware in 1:47.83. Hewitt was the third leg of the relay, and was joined by Emily Burns, Emily Bart, and Sara Shaner. In the 100 backstroke, she touched the wall in 59.05 to claim victory over UMBC, and then was the overall champ in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.53. Hewitt also went 58.46 in the 100 butterfly, beating Delaware in the race. Her four individual victories lifted Hewitt into sixth place all-time at the College with 57 career wins, just two behind All-American Erin Sheehey '84 for fifth place.
Emily Bart also continued on from her spot on the relay team to claim the overall title in the 200 breaststroke. The sophomore from Cherry Hill, N.J., completed the course in 2:23.77 for the victory and two individual wins. Overall event wins also went to junior Molly Emery in the 200 freestyle, timing 1:52.76, and to freshman Jennier Bentley in the 500 freestyle with a 5:04.77 performance.
Three sophomores all earned individual victories on the day, two coming against Delaware. Caylyn Tate was the first to claim her gold medal, beating UMBC in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 17:20.57. In the 200 butterfly Kayla O'Malley finished in 2:08.52 to beat Delaware, and Gabrielle Mizerak also beat the Blue Hens, this time in the 200 IM with a time of 2:10.68.
The meet was finished off with the 400 free relay that beat Delaware in 3:32.85. That squad included juniors Liza McDevitt and Molly Emery along with freshmen Sara Shaner and Jennifer Bentley.
William and Mary brings the regular season to a close next weekend, hosting East Carolina on Saturday for Senior Day.