Women's swim team ends up fifth at league meet

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 21, 2010

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. --- Mandy Ferguson, a day after breaking a 22-year-old school record in the 1,000-yard freestyle, finished in fourth place in the 1,650 freestyle for Colby College at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Sunday night at Middlebury College.

Complete results: http://pjmm.net/results/nescacs2010/mm-results-w-2010/

Ferguson helped the Mules accumulate 936 points to finish in fifth place for the second year in a row. Colby scored 886 points last year and the sixth and seventh place teams were much closer in points.

Ferguson had a time of 17:34.55 to earn an NCAA 'B' cut qualifying time in the 1,650 freestyle. She broke the 1,000 freestyle record of Sally White '91 (10:29.59) with a clocking of 10:25.35 on Saturday night. Ferguson also joined forces with Kathryn Lee, Danielle Carlson, and Chelsea Heneghan for a school record time of 7:44.08 (team finished fourth) in the 800 freestyle relay on Saturday.

Carlson placed sixth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:29.62 and teammate Jess Blais also was sixth in the 200 backstroke with a 2:09.24 in the final  and a 2:08.95 in a prelim.

Heneghan, Kayleigh Monahan, Carlson, and Ferguson teamed to finish seventh in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:36.61.

NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Final Scores                        

            Place School                                          Points

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                1 Williams College                   WILL           1954 

                2 Amherst College                    AMHER          1376 

                3 Middlebury College                 MIDD           1148 

                4 Tufts University                   TUFTS          1070.5

                5 Colby College                      COLBY           936 

                6 Connecticut College                CONN            880 

                7 Bates College                      BATES           693 

                8 Bowdoin College                    BOWD            616.5

                9 Wesleyan University                WES             605 

               10 Hamilton College                   HAM             561 

               11 Trinity College                    TRIN            363