BRUNSWICK, Maine.--Lily Gribbel (Pleasanton, Calif.) turned in All-Conference swims in two events while anchoring a pair of relays that provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship to lead the Camels to a third place finish on the opening night of the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Championship Women's Swimming and Diving Championship at Bowdoin College.
The Camels scored 461.5 points on the opening night. They are 1.5 points ahead of Bates (460) with Middlebury sitting in fifth place with a total of 448 points. Williams College has jumped out to an early advantage on the field with 625.5 points. Amherst College is in second place with 547.5 points.
In the 50 yard freestyle, Gribbel posted a time of 23.76, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championship while finishing second in the field. Sophomore All-American Olivia Haskell (Norwalk, Conn.) placed third behind Gribbel, earning an NCAA B cut of her own with an All-NESCAC swim in 23.79 seconds.
Gribbel placed third in the 50 yard butterfly with a time of 25.33 seconds. In the 200 yard freestyle relay, Juliette Lee (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), Haskell, Julia Klier (Cohasset, Mass.) and Gribbel provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship, finishing fifth in 1:34.85. Sophomore Maeve Wilber (New Marlborough, Mass.), Mary Erb (Readfield, Maine), Anna Peterson (Winnetka, Ill.) and Gribbel finished seventh in the 400 yard medley relay, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championship with a time of 3:50.61.
Erb placed third in the 50 yard breast with a time of 29.59 seconds while Wilber turned in All-NESCAC swim of her own in the 50 yard backstroke, posting a time of 26.68 seconds en route to her third place finish.
Senior All-American Valerie Urban (Lancaster, Pa.) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship in the 500 yard freestyle, placing fifth with a time of 4:57.91. In 2016, it took a mark of 4:58.79 to qualify in this event.