GREENSBORO, N.C. – Lindsey Ruderman '21 became the 79th individual Division III National Champion in Amherst College history when she notched a final score of 498.45 in the 3-Meter diving competition on day one of the 2019 NCAA Championship Wednesday evening at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Ruderman, who secured a second place finish (458.55) in the preliminary dives, became the first Mammoth since 2016 to secure the national accolade after adding nearly 40 points to her original mark in the championship final. The North Carolina native clipped second place finisher Agnes Lo of Chicago by over eight points to claim the top-spot.
In the opening swimming event on the day, junior Natalie Rumpelt '20 received an honorable All-American nod with an impressive 4:58.10 mark (12th place) in the preliminary swims of the 500 freestyle. Rumpelt shaved nearly eight-tenths of a second off her original time to record a 4:57.27 finish in the consolation finals, concluding the Mammoths top-performances. Marie Fagan '22 competed in the 500 freestyle as well, finishing with a time of 5:04.66 for 35th place.
Senior Bridgitte Kwong '19 battled in the 200 IM, coming up just short of the cut as well with a time of 2:06.31 for 21st place overall in the preliminary swim. Shu took on the 63 swimmer field in the 50-yard freestyle and recorded a time of 24.47 seconds (54th place) to cap off Amherst's appearances on day one.
Through the opening eight events, the Mammoths are placed 12th overall with 25 points heading into the second day of competition. Kenyon University leads with a score of 103 while Emory sits two points back in second place with 101 points.
Day two of the NCAA Championship will open with the trial swims of the following events at 10:00 AM:
200-yard Freestyle Relay
400-yard Medley Relay