MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Lindsey Ruderman '21 highlighted a strong final day of competition for the Amherst women's swimming and diving team when she claimed the 3-meter board to sweep the diving events at the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship at the Wesleyan Natatorium on Sunday evening.
Ruderman was named the 2019 NESCAC Diver of the Year for the second consecutive year, while coach Kai Robinson garnered Diving Coach of the Year, as announced by the league office at the conclusion of the final day.
With her first place finish on the 3-meter board, Ruderman sweeps the diving events at this year's conference championship to add to her impressive career so far with the Mammoths. Ruderman notched a score of 514 points which defeated her closest opponent, Gabby Mercier, by over 60 points. Mercier finished with a score of 453.65 while Amherst's Jacqueline Palermo '19 claimed third place with 425.45 points.
Six other Mammoths posted finishes in the top-three spots on the final day of competition, three of whom took second place. In the 200 yard backstroke, Bridgitte Kwong '19 settled for second after coming within one second of winner Gwyneth Maloy (Williams) who finished with a time of 2:01.91. Ephs swimmer Abby Matheny took third with a time of 2:02.98.
Natalie Rumpelt '20 was the second Mammoth to place in the top-three spots on the podium after an impressive 51.36 finish in the 100 yard freestyle. Connecticut Colleges Olivia Haskell claimed first with a time of 51.15 while Middlebury's Frances VanderMeer took third with a time of 51.46.
Nina Fitzgerald '21 continued her strong performance in this year's championship, claiming second place (200 yard breaststroke) for the third time. Williams foe Caroline white swept all breaststroke events with another first place finish with a time of 2:14.72. Tufts Lily Kurtz rounded out the event with third place (2:20.57).
The final student-athlete in purple and white to stand in the top-three spots on the podium was Marie Fagan '22, recording a time of 2:02.87 to place third. Sterling Dixon of Bowdoin clipped Fagan by 0.8 of a second to take second (2:02.07) while Amy Socha of Tufts took the top spot with a time of 2:01.83.
Overall, the Mammoths saw 13 student-athletes finish top-three in the 24 events over the weekend, finishing third overall out of eleven institutions with a final score of 1,322. Williams College won the championship for the sixth consecutive year with 1,873 total points while Tufts finished second with 1,439.5.
Prior to the NCAA Championships (March 20-23), Amherst will compete in the February Invite at Middlebury College on February 24.