Ruderman Sweeps Diving Titles, Becomes Two-Time Division III National Champion

Ruderman Sweeps Diving Titles, Becomes Two-Time Division III National Champion

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Lindsey Ruderman '21 highlighted an imposing day for the Amherst women's swimming and diving team as she won the 1-meter diving title to become a two-time Division III National Champion while the Mammoths also saw two other top-eight performances through Jacqueline Palermo '21 and the 800 freestyle relay team of Livia Domenig '19, Bridgitte Kwong '19, Sarah McDonald '20, and Natalie Rumpelt '20 on day three.

After raising the Division III 3-Meter Diving National Championship trophy in the opening day of the 2019 NCAA Championship, Lindsey Ruderman '21 concludes her remarkable sophomore campaign with yet another first-place podium appearance, earning the Division III 1-Meter Diving National Championship on day three with a score of 493.75. Ruderman becomes the first Mammoth since 2016 (Emily Hyde '16) to win multiple national championships in the same season.

Palermo also notched an All-American selection for the Mammoths with her 414.10 mark on the 1-meter board, placing her seventh overall and concluding her stellar career with the Purple & White.

Domenig, Kwong, McDonald, and Rumpelt posted a strong time in the preliminary swims of the 800 freestyle relay. The team settled for eighth place and All-American selections with their time of 7:29.65.

Nina Fitzgerald '21 fell one spot behind the championship final cut in the preliminary 100-yard breaststroke. She solidified her All-American nod with 12th place on a time of 1:03.57 in the consolation final.

Marie Fagan '22 was the last Mammoth to compete but fell outside the top-16 of the 200-yard butterfly when she touched the wall with a time of 2:04.87 for 19th place.

Amherst jumped five spots in the overall rankings as they currently sit in eighth place out of 46 with a score of 113. Emory leads the field with 351 points while Kenyon follows in second just 11 points behind. The final day of the 2019 NCAA Championship will commence with the preliminary swims at 10:00 AM and the finals at 6:00 PM of the following events:

100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
400-yard Freestyle Relay
1650-yard Freestyle