Women's Swimming & Diving Takes Third Overall at NESCAC Championships

Women's Swimming & Diving Takes Third Overall at NESCAC Championships

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Registering 1,369 points behind two new program records, a NESCAC record, three event victories, five silver medals and five bronze medals, the Amherst College women's swimming & diving team placed third overall at the four-day annual NESCAC Championships to finish inside the top-three for the fifth straight season.

Closing out her weekend in the 200 yard butterfly, sophomore Marie Fagan '22 became the second Mammoth at the conference meet to set a new school record, with the swimmer stopping the clock at 2:02.08 to move her name to the top of the program leaderboard and take second place. 

Putting up a school record, NESCAC record, NESCAC meet record, and Middlebury Natatorium record of 549.85 points on the 3-meter board, junior Lindsey Ruderman claimed her second NESCAC Individual Champion title of the weekend to sweep the diving events for the third straight season.

Falling just shy of a top-three finish in the 1,650 freestyle, Julia Ruggiero '21 touched the wall in 17:19:07 to place fourth. 

Sophomore Nina Fitzgerald continued a strong weekend at the league meet with a third place finish in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:16.80), while a time of 2:26.12 secured Heather Grotzinger's '20 second place finish in the consolation final and 10th overall (2:24.07).

Closing out the meet with the 400 freestyle relay, Dani Gonzalez Pinero '23, Jess Gordon '23, Sarah McDonald '20, and Natalie Rumpelt '20 locked in at fifth overall (3:28.62) to cap off the strong showing for the Mammoths' on championship weekend.  

1. Williams (1,930.5 points)
2. Tufts (1,593.5 points)
3. Amherst (1,369 points) 
4. Bates (1,193 points)
5. Bowdoin (849 points)
6. Connecticut College (698 points)
7. Middlebury (684 points)
8. Wesleyan (602 points)
9. Colby (459.5 points)
10. Hamilton (453 points)
11. Trinity (450.5 points)

The Mammoths return to the pool on Friday, Feb. 28 when the team's diving corps compete at the NCAA New England Diving Regional.