GREENSBORO, N.C. – Bridgitte Kwong '19 and Natalie Rumpelt '20 were the two Mammoth swimmers from the Amherst College women's swimming and diving team to record top-eight performances on day three of the 2019 NCAA Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Bridgitte Kwong '19 was the first Mammoth to place inside the top-eight on day two when she took on the field of 32 in the 400 IM prelims. Bridgitte finalized the event and her All-American selection in seventh place, shaving over a full second from her preliminary swim to secure a time of 4:25.66 in the championship final.
Natalie Rumpelt '20 also landed inside the top-eight when she earned a spot in the championship final of the 200-yard freestyle. Rumpelt posted times of 1:50.86 (prelim) and 1:51.23 (championship final) to stay in eighth place in both swims. Rumpelt's preliminary time of 1:50.86 (8th place) was enough to secure her as an All-American.
A time of 3:49.81 in the 400-yard medley relay was enough for Kwong, Nina Fitzgerald '21, Marie Fagan '22, and Natalie Rumpelt '20 to earn their spot in the consolation final. The team touched the wall with a time of 3:49.24 for 14th place to finalize the Top-16 performances for the Mammoths.
Ingrid Shu '20, Livia Domenig '19, Sarah McDonald '20, and Zoe Pappas '19 opened the day in event number 10 with a 26th place finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay, marking a time of 1:36.74. Marie Fagan '22 notched a time of 57.05 in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing in 31st place to cap off day two.
After 19 events, Amherst currently sits in 13th place with 54 points. Emory claims the lead with a score of 254 while Kenyon is in second place with 230 points. Day three action of the 2019 NCAA Championship will commence with the preliminary swims at 10:00 AM and the finals will begin at 6:00 PM for the following events:
800-yard Freestyle Relay