Middlebury women beat Wiliams women for first time ever

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    • #12237
      Nescacfan
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      http://www.williams.edu/athletics/news.php?id=10285&sport=23&year=2006&type=general

      Congrats to the Middlebury women for their win ever over Williams. Marika Ross led the way for the Pink Panthers with three individaul wins and a strong leg in a winning relay. Katie Chambers came through strong in the two breast events and FY Katie Soja won the two distance events. Soja, in my opinion, is newcomer of the year for NESCAC women. Alanna Hanson two diving wins were also huge for Middlebury.

      Does this win make the Middlebury women favorites for A NESCAC championship? Middlebury has both star power and depth in swimming and in diving. Where will the Amherst women be in the mix? They have star power to have beaten both Middlebury and Wiliams in dual meets, but do they have the depth to win NESCAC’s?

    • #34111
      Colbybr
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      I predict this for the top 3 at Women’s Nescacs:

      1. Amherst
      2. Williams
      3. Middlebury

      Explanation: Amherst has the best collection of high end talent and depth. In Midd’s win over Williams, there seemed to be multiple events where Midd would take 1st and then Williams would have 2-4th and even 5th was an exhibition swimmer. Those are swimmers that will pick up key depth points at Women’s Nescacs in my opinion.

    • #34112
      Nescacfan
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      @Colbybr wrote:

      I predict this for the top 3 at Women’s Nescacs:

      1. Amherst
      2. Williams
      3. Middlebury

      Explanation: Amherst has the best collection of high end talent and depth. In Midd’s win over Williams, there seemed to be multiple events where Midd would take 1st and then Williams would have 2-4th and even 5th was an exhibition swimmer. Those are swimmers that will pick up key depth points at Women’s Nescacs in my opinion.

      The breast and diving events are Amherst’s weakest areas. For Amherst to have a chance at winning, Colby’s Norsworthy, Wesleyan’s Shapiro and Tuft’s Chloe-Hyman need to dominate the breast stroke events. By the way, it appears that Norsworthy is getting back into shape quite nicely after missing the first half of the season. The divers from Tufts and Bates need to excel also. Tuft’s Kendall Swett should win both diving events

      Amherst should dominate the back events and hold their own in all the freestyle and IM events. Amherst should be favored to win 4 of the “A” relays and several of the “B” relays. However, I don’t think that will benough to win the meet.

      Middlebury is stronger than they were last year; Williams is weaker. Amherst is only slightly stronger. Last year, Middlebury beat Amherst by more than 200 points. Williams beat Middlebury by more than 300 points. Let’s assume that Williams loses 200 points and Amherst gains 200. That’s not enough for Amherst to win. I do think that Middlebury will add more than 100 extra points. Newcomers Soja and Wang will add 70-80 points each. Their ace is Ross. She is swimming really fast in a number of events. She will win three individual events and be a force on 4 relays. If Cowie and Chambers taper well, I predict the Middlebury women win NESCAC’s.

    • #34113
      Nescacfan
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      I am hearing through the grapevine that the Williams women, who did not rest for the Middlebury meet, are primed to retain their NESCAC title. They, rightly so, see Middlbury as their major threat at NESCAC’s.
      Earlier, I picked Middlebury to win. Did I miss the revenge factor and did I discount the Williams home crowd advantage too much? Are the Williams middle level swimmers going to rack up lots of points in the consolation and pre-consolation finals?

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