AMHERST, Mass. – Placing first in the opening 12 events on the day, No. 17 Amherst women's swimming and diving cruised past Springfield College on senior day, 175-113, at Pratt Pool on Sunday afternoon.
Notching their sixth win on the season, the Mammoths' jump to 6-2 overall while the Pride move to 7-8.
Prior to the start of the meet, Amherst recognized the accomplishments of their senior class who have compiled a 26-5-1 overall mark in dual meet action, including today's win.
Amherst will await the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship for their next competition, to be hosted by Middlebury College and commencing on Thursday, Feb. 13th.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Mammoths' got things started with a commanding win in the 200 medley relay, placing in the top-two spots with Dani Gonzalez Pinero '23, Nina Fitzgerald '21, Ingrid Shu '20, and Natalie Rumpelt '20 placing first with a time of 1:48.30.
- Amherst continued to roll as Heather Grotzinger '20 swam over seven seconds faster than anyone else in the 400 IM, winning with a 4:34.23 mark.
- Grace Tarantola '23 and Gonzalez Pinero finished within 0.12 seconds of each other, but Tarantola clinched first with a time of 1:58.25.
- In the 50 backstroke, Rumpelt tallied her first individual win on the day with a 27.70 second mark before it was all Amherst in the 50 breaststroke as Fitzgerald finished first with a time of 30.30 seconds.
- Marie Fagan '22 kept up the sweep when she touched the wall in 58.85 seconds in the 100 butterfly.
- Prior to the first diving competition, Shu nabbed first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.82.
- Reeling in an NCAA B-cut score of 311.10, Lindsey Ruderman '21 led the field on the 1-meter board, while Hannah Karlin '22 finished second with a score of 240.75.
- Rumpelt (52.35) and Jessica Gordon '23 (54.45) placed first and second, respectively, in the 100 freestyle before Tarantola brought home her second win on the day with a 1:00.80 time in the 100 backstroke.
- In event #21, Sarah McDonald '20 edged teammate Isabella Weiner '20 to win the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.33.
- Right before the meet went to exhibition, Julia Ruggiero '21 rounded out the scoring for the Mammoths' with a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:15.52).