AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst women's swimming and diving clinched their fourth-straight win after posting a dominant 176.5-112.5 victory over Middlebury in their home opener Saturday afternoon at Pratt Pool.
Amherst remains unblemished and improves to 4-0 on the season while Middlebury drops their second meet of the season, falling to 1-2. With the win, the Mammoths have now won the last five matchups between the two sides.
Today's matchup featured the programs first Pride meet, helping support student-athletes and coaches of all sexual orientations. The meet was co-sponsored by the Queer Resource Center, Amherst Athletics, and Amherst swimming and diving. The goal of today's event was to promote the inclusion of LGBTQ athletes and coaches to celebrate them for the outstanding people that they are. Amherst swimming and diving is proud to support all of its members, welcoming all sexual orientations and gender identities.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Grace Tarantola '23, Nina Fitzgerald '21, Marie Fagan '22, Natalie Rumpelt '20 got things started for the Mammoths, claiming the top spot in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:47.84.
- In the second event, Julia Ruggiero '21 paced herself for a 10:50.89 finish in the 1000 freestyle with Caroline Needell '23 and Heather Grotzinger '20 following close behind with second and third place finishes.
- Rumpelt won her first individual meet, storming ahead in the 200 freestyle to clinch first with a time of 1:54.30.
- First-year Dani Gonzalez Pinero bested her nearest opponent in the 100 backstroke by three seconds, touching the wall in 58.79 seconds before following up her performance with a first place finish in the 100 freestyle (53.68).
- Fitzgerald (1:06.09) and Alana Bailey (1:08.89) led the 100 breaststroke before Fagan claimed the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:09.55.
- Heading into the opening diving event, two Mammoths qualified for NCAA Regionals as Lindsey Ruderman '21 posted qualifying times in both events while Hannah Karlin '23 qualified in the 1-meter (256.72). Ruderman posted a 282.82 score on the 1-meter board and a 292.50 ledger in the 3-meter.
- Tarantola prevailed in the 200 backstroke (2:11.42) before Fitzgerald claimed the 200 breatstroke with a time of 2:26.67.
- Rounding out the scoring on the day, Rumpelt finished first in the 500 freestyle before the meet went to an exhibition. Ingrid Shu '20 and Liz Tran '23 posted winning times in their respective competitions, but the scores did not total to the overall score.
Amherst will return to Pratt Pool following the winter break when they host Little Three foe, Williams, in a 1:00 PM bout on January 11th. The Panthers will travel to Colby next weekend, January 11th in their next outing.