Amherst Women's Swim & Dive Aim for Conference Title

Amherst Women's Swim & Dive Aim for Conference Title

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HADLEY, Mass. –  The Amherst women's swimming and diving team will travel to Middletown, Connecticut to compete in the 2019 NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships which begins on Thursday, February 14 starting with the 800 freestyle relay at 7:00 PM. The championships have moved to a four-day format this year by shifting the 800 freestyle relay to Thursday as the only event on the night.

The Wesleyan Natatorium on the campus of Wesleyan University will serve as the host for the 24 events over the four days.  Competitions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will begin with preliminary heats at 10:00 AM. Finals are scheduled for 6:00 PM on Friday, 5:50 PM on Saturday, and 5:30 PM on Sunday.

TICKETS

All tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets for Thursday evening's session are $5 for adults and $3 for children and students. Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are $8 per session for adults and $3 per session for children and students. Doors will open 60 minutes prior to the preliminaries and finals. 

LIVE COVERAGE

A live webcast will be available at NESCAC.com and on Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire (search NESCAC Network). Results from the NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will be available throughout the weekend at NESCAC.com and via the NESCAC Twitter account (@NESCAC).

SETTING THE SCENE

Heading into the 2019 NESCAC Championship, 13 champions return to the pool and 45 of the top three finishers in the 24 events are making a repeat appearance at the championship. Amherst notched a second place finish in last year's championship, posting a total of 1,615 points.

HOW THEY GOT HERE

The Mammoths opened their 2018-19 campaign with a three-meet win streak, topping Colby College (168-123), Wesleyan University (165-120), and Middlebury College (227-73) before the winter break. Amherst opened 2019 against Williams College, falling by a margin of 184-110 on January 5th.

After the setback, the Purple & White answered with back-to-back wins over Connecticut College and Union College before facing Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Mammoths matched the Engineers, 149-149, to mark their first tie in well over a decade before rounding out their season with an impressive 174-102 win over the Springfield College Pride.

SCOUTING AMHERST

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Ingrid Shu '20, a 2017 NESCAC Champion, has potential to earn a second title in the 50 freestyle. Natalie Rumpelt '20 owns the best time in the 100 freestyle this season while Jayne Vogelzang '21 holds the fastest time in the 1,650. Bridgette Kwong '19 is among the leaders in the 200 backstroke while Katie Smith '19 returns to the 50 breaststroke with a third place finish in last season's venture. Nina Fitzgerald '21 will compete in both the 50 and 100 breaststroke this championship after a third-place finish in the 100 last season. Lindsey Ruderman '21 won both diving events last season as a rookie and will look to defend her titles this weekend while Mammoth Jackie Palermo '19 enters the championship ranked second in the 3-meter competition and third on the 1-meter board.

SCOUTING THE CONFERENCE

The five-time defending NESCAC Champion Williams women's swimming and diving team looks to earn its 18th overall conference title after claiming last year's championship with 1,971 total points.

The Tufts duo of junior Brooke Bernstein (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and first-year Hannah Spencer (Centerport, N.Y.) are leading contenders for a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle while Middlebury junior Frances VanderMeer (Elmira, N.Y.), last year's runner-up, also returns to the field.

 Rumpelt will be challenged by sophomores Maddie Ford (Acton, Mass.) of Connecticut College and Laura Westphal (Northville, Mich.) of Williams in the 100 freestyle. Westphal was the 2018 NESCAC Rookie of the Year. In the 200 freestyle, the first, second and third-place finishers from last year all return to the pool. Westphal is the defending NESCAC Champion, but Rumpelt leads the field with the top time this season. Bowdoin senior Sterling Dixon (New York, N.Y.) will also make a push for the top spot on the podium.

Tufts sophomore Sook-hee Evans (Newtown, Pa.) will also challenge Vogelzang in the distance freestyle events. Williams senior Alison McNamara (Tappan, N.Y.) is the three-time defending champion in the 1,000 freestyle, but sophomore teammate Molly Craig (Mansfield, Pa.) enters the event with the top time, while Vogelzang and Williams sophomore Casey Delano (Milton, Mass.) are seeded second and third, respectively. Westphal, Craig, and Evans are the leading swimmers heading into the 500 freestyle race.

Wesleyan junior Caroline Murphy (Gardiner, N.Y.) looks to three-peat as the NESCAC Champion in the 50 backstroke. Murphy's competition includes VanderMeer, who owns the fastest time this season, and Connecticut College senior Maeve Wilber (New Marlborough, Mass.), last year's runner-up. Murphy is also the defending champion in the 100 backstroke. Bowdoin junior Marshall Lowery (Arundel, Maine), a runner-up last year, returns to the field and owns the top time entering the event. Williams junior Caroline Conforti (Slingerlands, N.Y.), a third-place finisher last season, also returns to the field. Tufts junior Grace Goetcheus (Kensington, Md.) and Wilber also have potential to compete for a spot on the podium.

The reigning champions in the 50 and 100 butterfly events have moved on, however, Bates sophomore Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.), the runner-up in both events last season, returns. Williams senior Maia Hare (New York, N.Y.) enters the championship with the fastest time in the 50 butterfly and will be challenged by Tufts sophomore Sasha Fong (Santa Rosa, Calif.). Fong is a top contender in the 100 butterfly with Bowdoin sophomore Mary Laurita (Mendham, N.J.) also looking to claim the title. Eph swimmers swept the 200 butterfly and all three competitors - Veronica Wolff (McLean, Va.), Madeleine Deardorff (Princeton, N.J.), and Craig - return this season. Craig has posted the fastest time entering the event this year. Tufts sophomore Abby Claus (Summit, N.J.) and Deardorff round out the top three seeds.

Tufts sophomore Amber Chong (Issaquah, Wash.) leads the divers on the 1-meter board, while Bowdoin senior Rebecca Stern (Northfield, Ill.) the third-place finisher in the 3-meter a year ago, also returns for her final NESCAC Championship.

Williams has won every relay race over the past four championships. However, Tufts has posted the fastest times in the 200 and 800 freestyle, while Amherst owns the top time in the 400 freestyle. The Jumbos are also the top ranked team heading into the 200 medley relay, while the Ephs lead the field in the 400 medley relay.

50-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 24.28 Brooke Bernstein, Tufts
  24.30 Hannah Spencer, Tufts
  24.37 Ingrid Shu, Amherst
2018 Champion 22.98 # Emma Waddell, Williams
2017 Champion 23.63 Ingrid Shu, Amherst
2016 Champion 23.70 Maia Hare, Williams
     
100-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 51.02 Natalie Rumpelt, Amherst 
  52.63 Maddie Ford, Connecticut College 
  52.77 Laura Westphal, Williams 
2018 Champion 50.45 Emma Waddell, Williams
2017 Champion 50.58 Emma Waddell, Williams
2016 Champion 50.35 Emma Waddell, Williams
     
200-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 1:51.54 Natalie Rumpelt, Amherst 
  1:52.71 Laura Westphal, Williams 
  1:52.96 Sterling Dixon, Bowdoin 
2018 Champion 1:49.16 Laura Westphal, Williams
2017 Champion 1:50.85 Isabel Wyer, Middlebury
2016 Champion 1:50.36 Isabel Wyer, Middlebury
     
500-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 5:03.15 Laura Westphal, Williams 
  5:03.27  Molly Craig, Williams 
  5:05.11  Sook-hee Evans, Tufts
2018 Champion 4:52.09 Laura Westphal, Williams
2017 Champion 4:54.21 Monica Sears, Bates
2016 Champion 4:54.36 Isabel Wyer, Middlebury
     
1,000-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 10:25.52 Molly Craig, Williams 
  10:31.26  Jayne Vogelzang, Amherst 
  10:33.65 Casey Delano, Williams 
2018 Champion 10:07.48 Alison McNamara, Williams
2017 Champion 10:06.15 Alison McNamara, Williams
2016 Champion 10:12.30 Alison McNamara, Williams
     
1,650-YARD FREESTYLE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 10:31.36 Jayne Vogelzang, Amherst
  10:32.49 Laura Westphal, Williams 
  10:36.10 Sook-hee Evans, Tufts 
2018 Champion 16:53.92 Laura Westphal, Williams
2017 Champion 16:53.09 Megan Pierce, Williams
2016 Champion 16:41.90 # Megan Pierce, Williams
     
50-YARD BACKSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 26.90 Frances VanderMeer, Middlebury 
  27.04 Caroline Murphy, Wesleyan 
  27.29 Maeve Wilber, Connecticut College 
2018 Champion 26.18 Caroline Murphy, Wesleyan
2017 Champion 26.18 Caroline Murphy, Wesleyan
2016 Champion 25.74 Katherine Bennett, Williams
     
100-YARD BACKSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 58.21 Marshall Lowery, Bowdoin 
  58.72 Grace Goetcheus, Tufts 
  58.77 Maeve Wilber, Connecticut College 
2018 Champion 55.99 Caroline Murphy, Wesleyan
2017 Champion 55.56 Olivia Jackson, Williams
2016 Champion 55.47 Olivia Jackson, Williams
     
200-YARD BACKSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 2:04.59 Bridgitte Kwong, Amherst 
  2:04.61 Abby Matheny, Williams 
  2:05.09 Marshall Lowery, Bowdoin 
2018 Champion 2:02.26 Stephanie Moriarty, Amherst
2017 Champion 1:58.44 Olivia Jackson, Williams
2016 Champion 1:57.70 # Katherine Bennett, Williams
     
50-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 30.25 Caroline White 
  30.60  Lily Kurtz, Tufts 
  30.76  Nina Fitzgerald, Amherst 
2018 Champion 29.14 Maya Gomez, Middlebury
2017 Champion 28.93 Maya Gomez, Middlebury
2016 Champion 29.32 Mariah Rawding, Bowdoin
     
100-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 1:04.54 Lily Kurtz, Connecticut College 
  1:05.07 Caroline White, Williams 
  1:05.38  Nina Fitzgerald, Amherst 
2018 Champion 1:03.46 Caroline White, Williams
2017 Champion 1:02.80 Caroline White, Williams
2016 Champion 1:00.99 Emily Hyde, Amherst
     
200-YARD BREASTSTROKE    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 2:21.01 Caroline White, Williams 
  2:21.50 Lily Kurtz, Connecticut College 
  2:24.18 Nina Fitzgerald, Amherst 
2018 Champion 2:16.44 Caroline White, Williams
2017 Champion 2:14.53 Caroline White, Williams
2016 Champion 2:12.22*# Emily Hyde, Amherst
50-YARD BUTTERFLY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 25.79 Maia Hare, Williams 
  25.95  Sasha Fong, Tufts 
  25.97  Caroline Apathy, Bates 
2018 Champion 24.83 Lily Gribbel, Connecticut College
2017 Champion 24.98 Maia Hare, Williams
2016 Champion 24.71 Sarah Conklin, Amherst
     
100-YARD BUTTERFLY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 56.85 Sasha Fong, Tufts 
  57.10  Mary Laurita, Bowdoin 
  57.43 Caroline Apathy, Bates 
2018 Champion 53.74 Emma Waddell, Williams
2017 Champion 54.14 Emma Waddell, Williams
2016 Champion 53.37 # Emma Waddell, Williams
     
200-YARD BUTTERFLY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 2:05.04 Molly Craig, Williams 
  2:05.46 Abby Claus, Tufts 
  2:06.08  Madeleine Deardorff, Williams 
2018 Champion 2:03.98 Veronica Wolff, Williams
2017 Champion 2:03.04 Veronica Wolff, Williams
2016 Champion 2:02.07 Megan Pierce, Williams
     
200-YARD IM    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 2:06.15 Sterling Dixon, Bowdoin 
  2:07.17 Molly Craig, Williams 
  2:08.01 Abby Claus, Tufts 
2018 Champion 2:03.57 Molly Craig, Williams
2017 Champion 2:01.98 Emma Waddell, Williams
2016 Champion 2:00.60 # Emily Hyde, Amherst
     
400-YARD IM    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 4:25.18 Molly Craig, Williams 
  4:29.15  Bridgitte Kwong, Amherst 
  4:30.60  Sterling Dixon, Bowdoin 
2018 Champion 4:21.66 Molly Craig, Williams
2017 Champion 4:17.02 # Megan Pierce, Williams
2016 Champion 4:17.47 Megan Pierce, Williams
     
1-METER DIVING (11 Dives)    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 704.15 Amber Chong, Tufts 
  464.18  Gabby Mercier, Williams 
  409.51 Jackie Palermo, Amherst 
2018 Champion 483.25 Lindsey Ruderman, Amherst
2017 Champion 471.95 Ariana Ross, Williams
2016 Champion 434.50 Ariana Ross, Williams
     
3-METER DIVING (11 Dives)    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 460.05 Gabby Mercier, Williams 
  431.33  Jackie Palermo, Amherst 
  208.25  Devon Cooper, Wesleyan 
2018 Champion 489.55 Lindsey Ruderman, Amherst
2017 Champion 526.30 Ariana Ross, Williams
2016 Champion 485.40 Ariana Ross, Williams
     
200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 1:36.69 Tufts 
  1:37.17  Bowdoin 
  1:37.92  Connecticut College 
2018 Champion 1:33.09 # Williams
2017 Champion 1:33.96 Williams
2016 Champion 1:34.94 Williams
     
400-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 3:31.10 Amherst 
  3:33.15 Tufts 
  3:33.25  Connecticut College 
2018 Champion 3:25.26 Williams
2017 Champion 3:24.77 Williams
2016 Champion 3:26.35 Williams
     
800-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 7:36.47 Tufts 
  7:37.03  Williams 
  7:41.17  Amherst 
2018 Champion 7:28.09 Williams
2017 Champion 7:29.67 Williams
2016 Champion 7:27.00 # Williams
     
200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 1:44.72 Tufts 
  1:46.61 Williams 
  1:48.16  Middlebury 
2018 Champion 1:42.80 Williams
2017 Champion 1:42.24 # Williams
2016 Champion 1:42.56 Williams
     
400-YARD MEDLEY RELAY    
2018-19 Top 3 Entries 3:53.74 Williams 
  3:55.25  Amherst 
  3:56.20 Tufts 
2018 Champion 3:45.02 Williams
2017 Champion 3:42.79 # Williams
2016 Champion 3:43.63 Williams