AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College women's swimming and diving landed 12 student-athletes on the 2020 College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-American list, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship, the CSCAA Board adjusted the selection criteria for each Division. In Division III, selections are based upon those individuals and relays selected to the championship and are members of the CSCAA.
Amherst saw nine swimmers and two divers make the list as Natalie Rumpelt '20 led the way with seven nods, qualifying for the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay, 400 medley relay, and 800 free relay.
First-year Daniela Gonzalez Pinero had a stout rookie campaign and received All-American honors in the 100 fly, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay, and 400 medley relay, while Nina Fitzgerald '21 earned four nods with the 10 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay.
Defending national champion in both diving events, Lindsey Ruderman '21 earned All-American status in the 1-meter and 3-meter competition, while Hannah Karlin '22 secured her CSCAA honor in both diving events as well.
Qualifying for the 500 free, 400 free relay, and 800 free relay, Jessica Gordon '23 notched her All-American selection in her opening campaign as fellow first-year Grace Tarantola '23 added to the list with a nod in the 800 free relay.
Marie Fagan '22 ended her sophomore campaign with qualifying times in the 200 fly and 400 medley relay to receive her second consecutive CSCAA All-American accolade.
Making her third-straight appearance on the ballot in the 800 free relay, Sarah McDonald '20 added qualifying times in the 400 free relay to round out her season with two All-American nods.
Senior Heather Grotzinger '20 and junior Julia Ruggiero '21 earned CSCAA recognition for the 400 IM and 1650 free, respectively, as Ingrid Shu '20 concluded the selections for Amherst for her performances in the 200 medley relay.
Click HERE for the full list of honorees.
HISTORY OF THE CSCAA ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
This isn't the first time the association has adjusted All-America criteria. The first CSCAA All-America team was published in 1924, thirteen years before the first men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. The first women's All-America team was published in 1975, seven years prior to the first NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship. During much of that time, the team was selected by a panel of coaches. In 1985 the honor was standardized around the NCAA Championships with the top eight finalists receiving first-team recognition and consolation finalists being named Honorable Mention.