Mother and Daughter Find Common Ground Atop National Podiums
Junior Brittany Sasser (left) and her mother, Connie, have each cleaned up on the national stage this year.
May 31, 2007
AMHERST, MA – Amherst College junior Brittany Sasser (Belmont, MA) returned home last weekend after exams to unwind for the summer. Brittany finished her third year at Amherst this week, and wrapped up her third season as a leader on the women’s swim team. She helped the Lord Jeffs to a second place finish at the NCAA Championships in March by winning two individual National Championships and a third as part of a relay team.
In the Sasser household, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Last week, Connie Sasser, Brittany’s mother, won a national title in the 200 backstroke at the United States Masters Swimming (USMS) Short Course Championships. The elder Sasser finished second in the 50 and 100 backstroke as well.
The USMS results are very similar to those which Brittany has recorded in NESCAC and NCAA Division III competition. Sasser ’08, won the 2007 national titles for the 100 and 200 backstroke for the third consecutive year, and has never been beaten in the 50, 100, or 200 in her three years at Amherst.
Connie Sasser graduated from Florida State University in the 1960s, and was unable to compete in intercollegiate swimming, because there were few opportunities for women prior to 1972’s Title IX. At the USMS Masters, she made up for lost time winning gold in the 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1650 freestyle, and in the 50, 100, and 200 backstrokes. She also took gold in the 200 yard IM, and silver in the 100 IM.
Brittany was the 2007 NESCAC Championships Swimmer of the Meet, and received 7 First-Team All Conference nods. She led the Lord Jeffs to a perfect 8-0 record at dual meets this winter, before being named the Swimmer of the Meet at the NCAA Championships.
After leading Amherst in points this season for the third straight year, Brittany was named the recipient of the Stefanie K. Duff ’96 Award. This is an award given each year to the woman who made the greatest contribution to the team in terms of achievement, leadership and sportsmanship
Brittany is an Anthropology major, and is also active in an all-female a cappella group on campus. Next year, the Sassers will return to Amherst, once again, as Brittany tries to lead the Lord Jeffs back to the national podium with her mother rooting from the stands. Then, just after graduation, Brittany will return home to cheer on Connie in her efforts to repeat.