Amherst Women 5th After Day 1 at NCAA Championships

Contact: Matthew Hart

SHENANDOAH, Texas – The Amherst College women's swimming and diving team notched a trio of top-five finishes as the Jeffs found themselves fifth in the team standings after Day One of the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. 

With 66 points on the day, the Amherst women trail only Emory (151.5), Kenyon (104), Denison (92) and Williams (91.5) atop the leaderboard. The Jeff men tallied 10 points on Day One to finish in 17th.

Diver Lizzy Linsmayer '14 was the top scorer for Amherst as the junior placed third in the three-meter event with a mark of 486.85. Earning the team 16 points with her efforts, Linsmayer trailed only Kenyon first-year Maria Zarka (514.25) and junior Danica Roskos of the College of New Jersey (509.15).

Earlier in the session, Emily Hyde '16 continued her phenomenal rookie season with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard Individual Medley, grabbing 15 points for the Jeffs as she touched the wall in 2:02.63. Hyde had an even more impressive preliminary round in the event as she notched a 2:00.99, trailing only eventual champion Caroline Wilson of Williams, who set a new D-III record at 1:58.81 in the prelims. Hyde's time was also low enough to break a hallowed Amherst record set by former NCAA Champion Brittany Sasser '08.

Amherst's third top-five finish and highest single point total also came in school-record form from the 200-yard Medley Relay, as the Jeffs picked up 28 points thanks to a fifth-place performance by Maddy Sprung-Keyser '13 (backstroke), Hyde (breaststroke), Sarah Conklin '16 (butterfly) and Katie Vincett '13 (freestyle). The quartet finished the exciting race in 1:43.60, just three one-hundredths of a second behind Denison (1:43.57) and hot on the heels of Kenyon (1:41.60), Emory (1:42.99) and Johns Hopkins (1:43.34).

Steph Ternullo '15 scored the Jeffs' remaining tallies in the evening session's first event, collecting seven points as she finished 10th in the 500-yard freestyle at 4:55.88, touching the wall second in the consolation final.

Meanwhile, the Amherst men picked up points in the first and last events of the night, with the youth-heavy 200 MR closing things out with a 13th-place showing good for seven points. The Jeff unit of Matt Heise '16 (back), Tom Zhang '16 (breast), Sam Stewart '16 (fly) and Tyler Hampton '15 (free) touched in 1:32.07, finishing in a dead tie with its archrival squad from Williams.

In the opening men's race, Parker Moody '14 picked up a trio of points for Amherst with a 14th-place finish in the 500 Free, as the junior notched a 4:31.59.

The Amherst squads will be back in action on Thursday, with the 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free and 400 MR set to be held along with the men's one-meter diving. Preliminary heats begin at 11 a.m. Eastern with finals starting at 7 p.m.

2013 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships 
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Day One Results (only listed if finished in Top 16)
Women's 500 Free: Steph Ternullo -- 10th (4:55.88)
Men's 500 Free: Parker Moody -- 14th (4:31.59)
Women's 200 IM: Emily Hyde -- 4th (2:02.63)
Women's 3m Diving: Lizzy Linsmayer -- 3rd (486.85)
Women's 200 Medley Relay: Sprung-Keyser, Hyde, Conklin, Vincett -- 5th (1:43.60)
Men's 200 Medley Relay: Heise, Zhang, Stewart, Hampton -- T-13th (1:32.07)