Amherst Teams Take 27 of 32 Events in Convincing Wins Over Hamilton

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College swimming and diving teams combined to win 27 of 32 events in a dual meet against Hamilton College today at Pratt Pool. The Lord Jeff women (5-1) earned a 215-85 victory, while the men moved to 6-0 with a 220-78 result. 

In the women's meet, Hamilton first-year Maggie Rosenbaum won the 50- and 100-yard backstroke events and Megan Gibbons '12 had the fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle, but the remaining 13 events went to the Lord Jeffs. 

Senior captain Brooke Bennett (Arcadia, CA) and classmate Kendra Stern '11 (Albuquerque, NM) led the way for Amherst by winning two races apiece. Bennett led the Jeffs to a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley, with her personal-best 1:58.23 in the freestyle highlighting her afternoon. Stern won the 100-yard butterfly by more than five seconds (57.59) and was only one one-hundredth of a second away from her own pool record in the 100-yard freestyle (51.42). 

First-year Anna Pietrantonio (Chevy Chase, MD) finished the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:44.85, marking the second fastest time in the NESCAC this season. Amherst had the top three times in several events, including the 50- and 100-yard breaststrokes, which were won by Rebecca Kelley '12 (Richmond, VA) and Lulu Belak '14 (New Canaan, CT), respectively. Keegan Watters '14 (Dallas, TX) paced the field in the 500-yard freestyle (5:21.09), while Allison Merz '14 (Los Angeles, CA) followed with a victory in the 50-yard butterfly (26.88). 

Merz was also a part of both winning relay teams, as she was joined by Kelley, Stern and Maddy Sprung-Keyser '13 (Los Angeles, CA) in the 200 medley (1:49.81), and by Nicole Heise '13 (Ithaca, NY), Adrienne Lightbourne '14 (Nassau, Bahamas) and Belak in the 200 freestyle (1:41.16). Meggie Meisinger '11 (St. Louis, MO) edged out a win over Hamilton's Diane Paverman in the 1-meter dive (241.73), while Lizzy Linsmayer '14 (Denver, CO) picked up the win for Amherst in the 3-meter event (259.13).

The men's meet featured 14 wins for Amherst, with Hamilton's Jake DeConinck leading the Continentals by posting the fastest time in the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.50) before helping his team win the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.54). Among Amherst's top performers was Colin White '14 (Evanston, IL), who improved to 12-0 in diving events on the year by earning a 253.35 on the 3-meter board before winning the 1-meter with a 278.93. 

Amherst also got two victories from Tyler Bulakul '14 (Bangkok, Thailand) and Alex Fraser '11 (Willowbrook, IL), with Bulakul controlling the butterfly events with wins in the 50 (23.90) and the 100 (52.77). Fraser won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.68 before posting the only time under two minutes in the 200-yard individual medley (1:58.58), an event in which the Lord Jeffs finished 1-2-3. Bulakul and Fraser also helped Amherst fall just shy of a pool record in the 200-yard medley relay (1:35.70), joining senior co-captain Reid Fitzgerald (New York, NY) and Ben McBratney '12 (Evanston, IL). 

McBratney would later win the 50-yard breaststroke (27.41), while the 100-yard breaststroke went to Amherst's Bart Federak '12 (Towaco, NJ), who just missed the one-minute cut (1:00.30). Aaron Reynolds '14 (Merrimack, NH) edged Daniel Schwab '13 (San Diego, CA) in the 50-yard backstroke (26.21), but Schwab would return to win the 100 (54.58). 

DeConinck gave Hamilton nine points in the 200-yard freestyle and nearly provided another nine in the 100, but Amherst's Tim White '12 (Centerport, NY) touched the wall .01 seconds ahead of the Continental standout in the closest race of the day. Rounding out the Lord Jeff winners were Sheng Hu '13 (Lake Bluff, IL) and Ryan Lichtenfels '12 (McLean, VA) in the 500- (4:42.84) and 1,650-yard (16:24.89) freestyles. 

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Jan. 29, when they host MIT at 1 p.m.