AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College swimming and diving teams improved to 4-0 in the dual meet season by kicking off the New Year with wins over Union College Sunday afternoon at Pratt Pool. The Lord Jeff women won 14 of 16 events for a 214-79 final score, while the men took 15 of 16 for a 222-78 result.
Kendra Stern '11 (Albuquerque, NM) set a Pratt Pool record in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:09.43), winning the race by 50 seconds to surpass the previous mark of 10:18.28, which was set by a Williams College swimmer back in 2000. Stern also won the 100-yard butterfly by nearly five seconds with an NCAA "B" time of 57.39.
Abby Hahn '14 (New York, NY) came out on top in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.45) before edging teammate Andrea Jensen '11 (Burnsville, MN) by one one-hundredth of a second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:15.52), as she and Stern were the only two Amherst women to win multiple races. The Dutchwomen earned their victories in the 50- and 200-yard freestyles.
The 100- and 200-yard backstroke events went to Emily Swett '13 (Rochester, NY) and Maddy Sprung-Keyser '13 (Los Angeles, CA), respectively, who swam times of 1:00.96 and 2:11.22. Katie Vincett '13 (Pittsburgh, PA) won the 100-yard freestyle (54.92), senior captain Brooke Bennett (Arcadia, CA) won the 200-yard butterfly (2:14.83) and Lulu Belak '14 (New Canaan, CT) was the first to finish the 200-yard breaststroke (2:34.61), while Anna Pietrantonio '14 (Chevy Chase, MD) convincingly won the 500-yard freestyle (5:13.25).
The Jeffs opened the meet with Sprung-Keyser and Bennett joining Rebecca Kelley '12 (Richmond, VA) and Allison Merz '14 (Los Angeles, CA) to win the 200-yard medley relay (1:51.86). Stern, Vincett, Merz and Bennett ended the women's meet with a winning time of 1:40.07 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Meggie Meisinger '11 (St. Louis, MO) once again swept the diving events in dominant fashion, putting together scores of 242.25 in the 1-meter event and 251.40 on the 3-meter board. Claire Wagner '14 (Evanston, IL) placed third in the 3-meter dive and was the runner-up in the 1-meter.
Three Amherst men won two events apiece, as Sheng Hu '13 (Lake Bluff, IL) took care of the sprint freestyles with times of 22.12 (50) and 49.33 (100). Connor Beaulieu '14 (Windsor, CT) won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.05) before finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle (4:49.32). After edging teammate Reid Fitzgerald '11 (New York, NY) by .11 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.81, Bart Federak '12 (Towaco, NJ) just missed the two-minute mark when he won the 200-yard individual medley (2:00.79).
The Dutchmen picked up their only win when Zack Wahl '14 beat Amherst's Alex Fraser '11 (Willowbrook, IL) by .04 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly, but not before Fraser finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.70). Tim White '12 (Centerport, NY) won the 1,000-yard freestyle by more than 17 seconds (9:42.29), Tyler Bulakul '14 (Bangkok, Thailand) continued to own the butterfly events with a time of 1:57.00 in the 200, Daniel Schwab '13 (San Diego, CA) was nearly four seconds ahead of the runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.24), and Mike O'Connor '12 (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) rounded out the individual winners by finishing the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:17.86. Fitzgerald, Bulakul and Ben McBratney '12 (Evanston, IL) helped Amherst win both relay races, with Fraser swimming the final leg of the medley and White taking the second leg of the freestyle.
Colin White '14 (Evanston, IL) remained undefeated in the diving events by edging out Union's Ian Drillinger by 2.78 points in the 3-meter dive (262.20) and by 10.70 points in the 1-meter (275.60). Amherst's Ian Stahl '14 (Weston, FL) placed third on each board, while fellow newcomer Fadi Hamati '14 (Amman, Jordan) finished fifth in the 3-meter event and fourth in the 1-meter.
The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Jan. 8, when they head to Williamstown for a highly anticipated matchup with the Ephs. The women's meet will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the men's meet at 4 p.m.