AMHERST, Mass. – Nine members of the men's swimming & diving team have qualified for the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships which will be held from March 18-21 at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.
Amherst is making its 37th NCAA Division III Championship appearance and has had 18 individual NCAA champions crowned. The Jeffs will look to break back into the top 10 during the four-day championship after finishing 11th last season. The Purple & White had previously earned top 10 finishes in each of the last six NCAA Championships.
Jeff Anderson '16 will compete in two individual events including the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard butterfly. Anderson qualified for the IM with a time of 3:58.48, and earned a spot in the butterfly with a mark of 1:49.22. Anderson is seeded 15th in the 400-yard IM and seventh in the 200-yard butterfly.
Senior Connor Sholtis captured a qualifying time of 44.45 in the 100-yard freestyle, while Sam Spurrell '18 notched a time of 1:49.49 to qualify in the 200-yard butterfly. Sholtis is seeded fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, while Spurrell is slotted ninth in the 200-yard butterfly.
The Jeffs will also send a trio of relay teams to Texas. The 400-yard freestyle relay tandem of Anderson, Alex Dreisbach '17, Tyler Hampton '15 and Sholtis clocked a time of 3:01.79 to earn qualifying honors and is seeded 10th in the event.
The Purple & White will also send the 400-yard medley relay team of Michael Rochford '15, Sholtis, Spiro and Spurrell, as the unit qualified for the national race with a time of 3:19.43 and will be seeded 10th.
Asher Lichtig '16 also qualified for the national meet. Lichtig posted a fifth place finish in the 3-meter dive (555.65 points) at the NCAA Regionals at Springfield College, and added a fourth place performance in the 1-meter dive with a score of 501.35.
Sholtis is the team's only four-time representative, while Anderson, Heise and Hampton are making their third appearance in the NCAA Championships. Lichtig is making a return trip to the NCAAs after competing in the national meet during the 2013 season.
2015 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships
Wednesday-Saturday, March 18-21
Conroe ISD Natatorium * Shenandoah, Texas