MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – In the third day of the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Swimming & Diving Championship, Amherst notched four student-athletes in the top-three spots Saturday evening at Wesleyan Natatorium.
Sophomore Julia Ruggiero '21 began the podium appearances for the Mammoths on the day when she battled in the 1,000 yard freestyle. Ruggiero recorded a time of 10:18.68, just two seconds behind the second place finisher, Casey Delano, who marked a time of 10:16.51. Williams Alison McNamara took first with a time of 10:11.11.
Bridgitte Kwong '19 also appeared in the top-three spots on the day when she competed in the 400 yard individual medley. Kwong edged Ellie Sherman (Williams) by just over one second to secure second place for Amherst. However, the Ephs still took the top spot when Molly Craig cut five seconds off from her competitors to win another event for Williams (4:20.76).
Natalie Rumpelt '20 was the next Mammoth to pose in the top spots on the podium when she came within three seconds of taking first in the 200 yard freestyle. Rumpelt settled for third when she marked a time of 1:51.21. Bowdoin's Sterling Dixon took second (1:50.55) while Williams stole another event with Laura Westphal finishing with a time of 1:48.54.
The final Mammoth in the top-three on the day was Nina Fitzgerald '21 in the 100 yard breaststroke. Fitzgerald was coming off a second place finish in the 50 yard breaststroke just a day ago with Ephs Caroline White claimed first. Fitzgerald and White went head-to-head again on day three, ending in the same result. Fitzgerald posted an impressive 1:03.58 to take second place while Caroline White narrowly swam away with the victory (1:02.66).
Williams leads the field with a score of 1331 while Tufts University sits in second place with 1063.5. The Mammoths will enter the final day of the NESCAC Championships (February 17) sitting in third place with a score of 947.
The following preliminary events will begin tomorrow at 10:00 AM:
200 yard backstroke
100 yard freestyle
200 yard breaststroke
200 yard butterfly
1650 yard freestyle
The 3-meter diving trials will begin at 2:00 PM while the finals will commence at 5:30 PM.