WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Lindsey Ruderman '21 took home the Mammoths first individual NESCAC title of 2018 and the squad qualified competitors for the finals in eight of the nine events, as Amherst College women's swimming & diving team sits in second place following day one action of the NESCAC Championships hosted by Williams College at the Samuelson-Muir Pool.
DAY ONE RUNDOWN
- TOP-THREE: Williams (687 points), Amherst (617 points), Conn. College (456.5 points)
- EVENTS SWAM: 200 free relay, 50 breaststroke, 50 fly, 500 free, 50 back, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay, 1-meter diving
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Amherst's 200 yard freestyle relay team recorded the Mammoths first top-three finish of the Championships, with Geralyn Lam '18, Ingrid Shu '20, Natalie Rumpelt '20 and Stephanie Moriarty '18 teaming up to place second overall with time of 1:34.28.
- In the 50 yard breaststroke, Nina Fitzgerald '21 and Katie Smith '19 both qualified for the 8-competitor finals after notching marks of 30.63 and 30.94, respectively, in the prelims. In the finals, Smith paced the Mammoths with a third place finish (29.52 seconds) to add 27 points to the board, while Fitzgerald clocked a time of 30.01 seconds to place sixth overall.
- Extending Amherst's lead through three events, Shu and Lam finished back-to-back in the 50 yard butterfly to earn fourth and fifth overall, with Shu logging a 25.54 second mark and Lam finishing in 25.62 seconds.
- Livia Domenig '19 and Rumpelt secured top-eight finishes in the 500 yard freestyle, as Domenig just edged out her teammate to touch the wall in 5:02.19 and claim fifth overall. Rumpelt notched a 5:02.33 mark in the event to take sixth.
- Moriarty was the lone Mammoth representing Amherst in the 50 yard backstroke finals, with the senior clocking a time of 26.65 seconds to register a fifth place finish.
- With a time of 2:05.87, Bridgitte Kwong '19 earned fourth in the 200 yard IM, while Heather Grotzinger '20 swam to a 2:08.86 mark to capture eighth overall.
- Ruderman and Jackie Palermo '19 each posted clutch performances on the 1-meter board to sweep the top-two spots and earn 60 points for the Mammoths, as Ruderman earned Amherst's first individual NESCAC title with 483.25 points and Palermo tallied 446.10 points to place second overall.
- The 400 yard medley relay quartet of Moriarty, Shu, Lam and Rumpelt closed out day one competition with a second place finish, cutting three seconds off their prelim time to post a 3:50.31 mark.