Women's swimming & diving wins Hamilton Invitational title

Jess Halladay '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Jess Halladay '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

The Hamilton College women's swimming and diving team captured the 2017 Hamilton Invitational title at Bristol Pool on Saturday night. The Continentals have won the women's crown all five years they have hosted the event.

Jess Halladay '18 was a winner in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:23.46 and the 1,650 free (18:40.58). Halladay also ended up fourth in the 200 free with a time of 2:04.50. She anchored the 400 free relay as Hamilton closed the meet with a winning time of 3:47.88. Emma Raynor '18, Julia Martin '21 and Lauren Klei '18 joined Halladay on the triumphant relay.

Raynor was second in the 200 backstroke (2:16.02), third in the 100 back (1:03.38) and sixth in the 200 free (2:05.26). Martin earned runner-up finishes in the 200 individual medley (2:17.14) and the 400 IM (4:56.68) and landed in third place in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.84). Klei wound up fourth in the 50 free with a time of 26.26 seconds and she was eighth in the 100 free in 57.97 seconds and the 200 free (2:05.44).

Sadie Logan '20 grabbed second place in the 100 back (1:02.85) and third place in the 200 back (2:16.55). Madeleine Lepesant '19 took second place in the 200 butterfly (2:15.79) and fourth place in the 1,650 free (19:25.92).

Isabelle Lepesant '21 was fifth in the 100 fly (1:03.22) and sixth in the 200 fly (2:19.80). Caroline Paulson '21 was fifth in the 200 IM (2:20.45) and eighth in the 400 IM (5:04.05). Hana Lindsey '20 was seventh in the 200 free (2:05.29), giving the Continentals four swimmers in the top eight of the event. Erin Lewis '18 finished fifth in the 200 breast (2:40.85). In diving, Sarah Pickup '19 earned eighth place in the 1-meter springboard with 190.85 points.

Hamilton racked up 736 team points and runner-up SUNY Cortland registered 629.5 points in the two-day, nine-team invitational. The Continentals are off for finals and the holidays and they return to the pool with a home dual meet against Wesleyan University on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.