SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The No. 15 Amherst women's swimming and diving team kicked off their 2019-20 tab posting a demanding 242-57 win over Union College in their season opener on Saturday afternoon.
The Mammoths remain unblemished, securing their first win on the season and will look ahead to a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) competitior, Connecticut College, in their next meet (November 23rd). Union will hit the road to take on Williams on Saturday, November 23rd, at 1:00 PM.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Amherst didn't relinquish a single event, claiming all sixteen with the relay team of Grace Tarantola '23, Alana Bailey '23, Marie Fagan '22, and Ingrid Shu '20 kicking things off with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay.
- Julia Ruggiero '21 followed them up with a 10:48.91 mark in event 3 (1000 freestyle) before Natalie Rumpelt '20 clinched the 200 freestyle by nearly six seconds (1:54.80).
- In the 100 backstroke, Tarantola secured her first individual career win with a 1:00.31 time.
- In the 100 breaststroke, the Mammoths claimed the top-four spots with Nina Fitzgerald '21 leading the way with a time of 1:06.89.
- Touching the wall in 2:10.45, Fagan took home the 200 butterfly before first-year Jessica Gordon '23 notched her first individual win with a 25.29 mark in the 50 freestyle. Gordon followed up her performance in event 17 with a first place finish in the 100 freestyle (54.43).
- Two-time national champion diver Lindsey Ruderman '21 swept both diving events in the opening meet, holding the number one spot on the 1-meter board with a 258.68 final score before placing first in the 3-meter (244.05).
- Tarantola (2:12.22), Alex Hartwich '23 (2:12.59), and Ruggiero (2:16.15) fended off the Bulldogs in the 200 backstroke to keep the Mammoths sweep alive.
- Fitzgerald stood victorious in the 200 breaststroke, touching the wall in a time of 2:27.37.
- Rumpelt claimed her second win on the day in the 500 freestle, edging Union's Kerry Kelly by a two second margin (5:15.42).
- Fagan continued her productive opening meet with a 58.82 mark in the 100 butterfly, which was good for first place.
- In the final two competitions, the Mammoths clinched the top-three spots with Heather Grotzinger '20 leading the way in the 200 IM (2:14.51) and the relay team of Rumpelt, Dani Gonzalez '23, Gordon, and Shu placing first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:40.22) to end the day.