GREENSBORO, N.C. – Nina Fitzgerald '21 led the Amherst swimming and diving team on the final day of the 2019 NCAA Championship, placing seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke while sophomore Lindsey Ruderman '21 received Division III Diver of the Year after sweeping both diving titles at Greensboro Aquatic Center to help the Mammoths finish eighth overall in this year's championship.
Ruderman, a two-time Division III National Champion, added to her career accolades after winning the 3-meter diving event with a score of 498.45 before claiming the 1-meter board (493.75). Ruderman was the 79th national champion in Amherst College history and the first since 2016 to notch multiple national championships in the same year.
Fitzgerald was the only Mammoth to land inside the top-8 on the concluding day when she took on the field at the 200-yard breaststroke. She came close to her preliminary mark, falling one-tenth of a second back to finish seventh in the nation with a time of 2:18.09 to secure her All-American selection.
Bridgitte Kwong '19 was the last Mammoth to note a top-16 performance after placing 13th overall (2:02.32) in the 200-yard backstroke. Kwong bested her time from the preliminary swim but still dropped two spots to conclude the event.
Natalie Rumpelt '20, Livia Domenig '19, Zoe Pappas '19, and Ingrid Shu '20 fell one spot out of the consolation final (17th place) to end the relay teams on the championship with a 3:28.50 mark in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Amherst finished the 2019 NCAA Championship in 8th place with a score of 129. Emory went on to Edge Kenyon by nine points to win championship. The Mammoths conclude their 2018-19 campaign with remarkable individual performances and an overall record of 6-1-1.