Jeffs Set Three School Records on Day Three of Nationals

KNOXVILLE, TN – Strong performances in the 800-yard freestyle relay kept the Amherst College men's and women's swimming & diving teams in the top 10 after day three of the NCAA Division III Championships. 

Highlighting the night for Amherst was the men's 800 relay team of Ryan Lichtenfels '12 (McLean, VA), Tim White '12 (Centerport, NY), Parker Moody '14 (Watertown, CT) and Alex Fraser '11 (Willowbrook, IL). The Jeffs held the lead after Lichtenfels completed the first 200 yards in 1:38 flat and were still in the hunt after White (1:40.42) and Moody (1:40.31) swam well in the next two legs. Fraser did all he could by completing his 200 yards in 1:37.09, which was the fastest leg in the event, but Amherst would be edged by Denison (6:34.50). The Jeffs' time of 6:35.82 crushed the previous team and NESCAC record of 6:39.39, which had been held by Amherst. 

The women's 800 relay featured Becca Thompson '12 (Evanston, IL), Suzi Stein '14 (Winchester, MA), Audrey Ingerson '14 (Irvine, CA) and Kendra Stern '11 (Albuquerque, NM), who completed the race in 7:30.41 to place seventh. After Thompson (1:54.14) and Stein (1:54.69) put in nearly identical times, Ingerson completed the third leg in 1:56.35 and Stern closed things out with a 1:45.23, which was by far the fastest leg in the event. 

Kicking things off for Amherst on Friday was Reid Fitzgerald '11 (New York, NY), who picked up nine points by placing ninth in the 100-yard backstroke. Fitzgerald set a school record in the event during last night's 400-yard medley relay (49.88), but he one-upped himself by swimming a 49.79 on Friday. 

Ben McBratney '12 (Evanston, IL) followed suit by setting a school record—the team's third of the night—in the 100-yard breaststroke. His 10th-place time of 56.10 earned the Lord Jeffs seven points and was one-tenth of a second faster than the previous NESCAC and school mark of 56.20, which was good enough to earn Michael Pohorylo '04 a national title back in 2004. 

Making her final appearance in an Amherst uniform, Meggie Meisinger '11 (St. Louis, MO) wrapped up an outstanding career by placing 11th in the 1-meter dive with a score of 390.55. Meisinger earned seven points for the Lord Jeffs during the week, as she placed in the top 16 on both boards. Lizzy Linsmayer '14 (Denver, CO) also had her season come to a close by finishing 19th in the 1-meter dive (343.25). 

After the third day of events, Amherst sits in seventh place (147 points) on the men's side and is ninth (97 points) on the women's. Women's defending champion Emory (420 points) holds a comfortable lead over runner-up Denison (328 points), while 31-time defending men's champion Kenyon (362.5) is only 35 points ahead of Denison (327.5). 

Competition will conclude Saturday at the University of Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center. Scheduled events are the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 400-yard freestyle relay, 1,650-yard freestyle, and men's 3-meter diving. A live webcast and live results will be available.

(Only Listed if Top 16)

1-Meter Diving
Meggie Meisinger – 11th, 6 Points (390.55)

800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Becca Thompson, Suzi Stein, Audrey Ingerson, Kendra Stern – 7th, 24 Points (7:30.41)

(Only Listed if Top 16)

100-Yard Backstroke
Reid Fitzgerald – 9th, 9 Points (49.79)

100-Yard Breaststroke
Ben McBratney – 10th, 7 Points (56.10)

800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Ryan Lichtenfels, Tim White, Parker Moody, Alex Fraser – 2nd, 34 Points (6:35.82)