Amherst Teams Stay Perfect with Wins at Union
Anna Haring '10 won the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly events at Union.
SCHENECTADY, NY – The Amherst College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each improved to 4-0 with a dominating performance at Union College. The Lord Jeff men cruised to a 151-70 victory by sweeping the swimming events, while the women earned a 157-82 victory and won 11 of 13 events.
All that stood between the Amherst men and a clean sweep were the diving events, in which the Dutchmen were not contested by the Lord Jeffs. Junior Alex Fraser (Willowbrook, IL) led the way by winning a pair of individual races and playing a role in two relay victories, while sophomore Bart Federak (Towaco, NJ) had a hand in three total wins on the day.
Fraser began his day by swimming the freestyle leg of the 200-yard medley relay, as he joined Reid Fitzgerald ’11 (New York, NY), Federak and Will McCartan ’13 (Cedar Rapids, IA) to swim a 1:39.34. After edging first-year teammate Sheng Hu (Lake Bluff, IL) in the 50-yard freestyle by only 0.28 seconds, Fraser’s 48.50 in the 100 left him more than one second ahead of sophomore teammate Tim White (Centerport, NY). In the last event of the afternoon, Fraser swam the final leg of the 200 freestyle relay, joining senior co-captain Tad Homchick (Mercer Island, WA), Hu and Ryan Lichtenfels ’12 (McLean, VA).
Federak’s two individual wins came in the 100-yard individual medley (55.46) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.25), with the Lord Jeffs claiming the top four spots in the 100 IM. Federak won the 100 IM by a comfortable margin, while White, Ben McBratney ’12 (Evanston, IL) and Daniel Schwab ’13 (San Diego, CA) finished within 0.72 seconds of each other.
The 100-yard backstroke featured a tight race among three Amherst swimmers, but it was Schwab (55.44) who touched the wall ahead of Fitzgerald (55.51) and Lichtenfels (55.76). Lichtenfels also handily won the 200-yard freestyle, finishing nearly four seconds ahead of Union’s Steven Schapp.
Amherst’s other two individual victories were earned by Homchick and Hu, who won the 100-yard butterfly (54.39) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:52.54), respectively. Homchick and Hu also joined White and McBratney in the winning 400 free relay (3:18.50).
On the women’s side, the Dutchwomen won the 50-yard freestyle by only 0.15 seconds before coming out on top in the 200-yard freestyle relay, but the rest was all Amherst. Junior Kendra Stern (Albuquerque, NM) paced the Lord Jeffs by winning the 100 IM (1:00.39) and the 100 freestyle (54.14), also swimming the freestyle leg of the 200 medley relay. Joining Stern in the medley relay were first-year Maddy Sprung-Keyser (Los Angeles, CA), sophomore Rebecca Kelley (Richmond, VA) and senior co-captain Kendall Dacey (West Roxbury, MA).
The Jeffs finished 1-2-3-4 in consecutive events, as Sprung-Keyser led the charge in the 100-yard backstroke before fellow first-year Nicole Heise (Ithaca, NY) won the 500-yard freestyle. The closest finish of the day came in the 100-yard breaststroke, during which Kelley (1:09.53) finished ahead of Union’s Kaleigh Ahern by only one one-hundredth of a second for the win.
Also winning multiple events for Amherst were senior Anna Haring (Santa Barbara, CA) and junior diver Meggie Meisinger (St. Louis, MO). After placing just ahead of Heise in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:58.34, Haring won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.49. Meisinger out-scored three Dutchwomen in each diving event, earning a 228.07 on the 1-meter board before her 228.30 in the 3-meter dive left her 3.53 points ahead of Union’s Meredith Nearpass.
Teaming up to win the 400 free relay for Amherst were sophomore Becca Thompson (Evanston, IL) and first-years Katie Vincett (Pittsburgh, PA), Emily Swett (Rochester, NY) and Heise, who swam a 3:48.33 to round out Amherst’s victories.
The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Jan. 9, when they host archrival Williams College. The 1 p.m. women’s meet will be followed by the men’s meet at 4 p.m., with a live webcast available courtesy of JeffCast.