Willswim, Thanks for the clarification. The other Kenyon and Denison swimmers who were held out from morning prelims were actually the fastest leg on their 400 free relays so the situation was quite different than with Williams. I was actually surprised to see the Williams substitution because it wasn’t clear that it would make the relay any faster. And I was extremely impressed (as I have said previously) with the relay swims of both Todhunter and Wilson. I’ve also already commented on my admiration for Barito who had a truly amazing anchor leg in her final swim career. It does appear, however, that the Denison and Kenyon coaches, along with the Amherst coach, treat relay swims a bit differently than the Williams and Stevens coaches.
Caroline Wilson missed out on swimmer of the meet as a freshman despite beating Stern in the 500 free because of Todhunter’s amazing times in setting new national records. She missed out as a sophomore because of what I believe she would consider a disappointing 500 free. But, as I’ve also said before, I thought her breaststroke leg of the 400 MR was amazing and demonstrated her enormous versatility as a swimmer. I very much look forward to watching her and Todhunter battle it out for swimmer of the meet next year. I love the way the Nescac conference produces such amazing swimmers despite not racing until November, having very restrictive recruiting rules and not having a December early taper opportunity to qualify for nationals. But even Stern only won that honor once after an amazing career. I suspect it was a “life-time achievement” award in a sense for Stern.