AMHERST, Mass. – Recording a dual meet record of 6-2, No. 12 Amherst College women's swimming and diving are heading to the 2020 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, to be hosted at the Middlebury Natatorium beginning on Thursday, February 13.
Amherst, who finished third in the 2019 NESCAC Championship, aims to secure their second NESCAC title in school history with their most recent championship coming in 2013.
Amherst senior Natalie Rumpelt '20, the 2019 runner-up, owns the second-best time of this year's field (52.35) of the 50 freestyle, while junior Nina Fitzgerald, the 2019 runner-up in the 50-yard breaststroke, returns to the field and holds the second-best time this year of 30.30. Finishing in second place last year in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke, Fitzgerald will contend for both after notching a 1:04.97 mark in the 100 this year and the fastest time in the 200 (2:20.40).
Aiming to sweep both diving events for the third consecutive year, junior Lindsey Ruderman '21 is the two-time defending champion on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. In an 11-dive event, Ruderman tallied her highest score this season with a 538.05 mark on the 1-meter board against MIT, before going on to score her highest point total on the 3-meter board of 526.65.
Heading into this year's conference championship, 15 champions return to the pool and 39 of the top three finishers in the 24 events from last year are making a repeat appearance at this year's championship.
Competition on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday begins with preliminary heats at 10 a.m. Finals are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets will be sold at the door and the doors will open 60 minutes prior to the preliminaries and finals. General admission single-session tickets are limited. Tickets for Thursday evening's session are $5 for adults and $3 for children and students. Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are $8 per session for adults and $3 per session for children and students. Full day passes are $16 for adults and $6 for children and students.
HOW TO WATCH
A live webcast will be available on the Northeast Sports Network (NSN) and on Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire (search NESCAC network). Results will be available throughout the weekend at NESCAC.COM and via Twitter @NESCAC.
Defending NESCAC Champion Williams have won 18 NESCAC titles, including last season when they claimed 15 of the 24 events to secure 1,873 points and finish first, followed by Tufts in second place with 1,439.5 and the Mammoths' in third with 1,322 points.
To check out a full breakdown of the championship field, click HERE for the full NESCAC preview.
-- Parts of this Release are Courtesy of the NESCAC office --