PORTLAND, MAINE >> The Williams College women's tennis team has taken a step toward being able to defend its NCAA Division III championship by claiming another NESCAC tournament title.
The Ephs won their second consecutive conference tournament title by beating Middlebury 5-0 on Sunday at the Portland Racquet and Fitness Center.
It was Williams' eighth conference title in tournament play. Amherst has nine. Williams and Amherst are the only conference schools to win the postseason tournament.
Williams got off to a quick start by winning all three doubles points. The Ephs clinched the match and the championship with a pair of straight-set victories. Hannah Atikinson beat Molly Paradies 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles and Leah Bush ended the day with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Middlebury's Saide Shackelford at No. 6 singles.
Williams is the defending national champion and has won seven of the last eight national championships.
WORCESTER >> The Williams rowing teams made it a clean sweep for NESCAC championships this weekend at Lake Quinsigamond. Both teams were competing as part of the National Invitational Rowing Championships on Sunday
It was the 10th championship for the Williams women, who now get an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championships in California May 27-29. Williams will be seeking its first national championship since 2013, the last of the Ephs' eight consecutive titles.
In the women's grand final, Williams crossed the finish line in 7 minutes, 19.183 seconds, two seconds faster than second-place finisher Bates. The Bobcats came into the meet as the defending NESCAC and NCAA Division III champions. Wesleyan was third.
Bates entered the NESCAC meet as the U.S. Rowing Coaches unanimous No. 1 team in the nation. Wesleyan was second and Williams was third, but the Ephs took both teams down on Sunday.
In the men's meet, the Ephs posted a time of 6:24.783. Williams was third behind Hobart and Michigan, but first among all NESCAC boats. Wesleyan was fourth in 6:25.553, while defending NESCAC champion Bates was fifth.
NEW ENGLAND TRACK
SPRINGFIELD >> The Williams women were second and the men finished fourth at the New England Division III championships.
The Eph women won two events. Candice Dyce won the triple jump with a leap of 11.65 meters, with Chloe Rogers second at 11.57. Lacey Serletti won the steeplechase with a season-best time of 10:59.98.
Williams' 4x100 meter relay team of Jeremy Thailer, Kat Ofori-Atta, Manny Daring and Nolan Raimo won the race in 42.35 seconds.