Amherst Handed First Loss of Season by Williams
Kendra Stern '11 won three individual races against Williams, all of which were good enough for NCAA qualifying standards.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s swimming and diving team suffered a 207-91 loss to archrival Williams College Saturday afternoon at Pratt Pool. The Ephs set four pool records while handing the Lord Jeffs their first dual meet loss of the season.
Williams won 12 of the day’s 16 events, but it was sophomore Logan Todhunter who stole the show by setting two individual pool records and playing a role in two relay pool records for the Ephs. Junior Kendra Stern (Albuquerque, NM) was the bright spot for the Jeffs, winning three events in NCAA qualifying times.
Stern began her day by winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.35, more than one second ahead of the NCAA automatic qualifying standard (1:52.42). She then came out on top in the 100-yard freestyle at 51.81 and in the 200-yard individual medley at 2:06.01, both of which were good enough for NCAA ‘B’ times. Her 200 IM performance just missed the NCAA ‘A’ cut (2:05.81) and the Pratt Pool record (2:05.31).
Amherst’s fourth victory came in the 1-meter dive, where junior Meggie Meisinger (St. Louis, MO) scored a 237.37 to finish ahead of three Williams divers. Meisinger would later place second in the 3-meter dive (234.90), finishing less than four points behind Kara McClelland of Williams (238.65).
Todhunter’s impressive day began with the 200-yard medley relay, as she swam the butterfly leg to help Williams win with an NCAA ‘B’ and Pratt Pool record time of 1:47.93. Joining Todhunter in the medley were Kathryn Ha, Lisa Cucolo and Caroline Wilson.
The Jeffs’ 200 medley was also impressive, as Stern swam the freestyle leg to help Amherst finish with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 1:49.26. Stern anchored first-year Maddy Sprung-Keyser (Los Angeles, CA), sophomore Rebecca Kelley (Richmond, VA) and senior Anna Haring (Santa Barbara, CA).
Todhunter then dominated the 200 fly in 2:01.63, which broke an eight-year-old Pratt Pool record (2:06.45) and was well ahead of the NCAA automatic standard of 2:05.56. She was equally impressive in the 100 fly, finishing with an automatic qualifying time of 55.58 to break Stern’s pool record of 57.29, which was set last year. Todhunter’s fourth win came in the meet’s final event, as she joined Bryn Dunbar, Carolyn Geller and Caroline Wilson to win the 400-yard freestyle relay with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 3:34.75.
Wilson also broke one of Stern’s pool records, winning the 500-yard freestyle in 4:56.17, which was made the NCAA ‘A’ cut. Wilson also won the 1,000 by more than 20 seconds (10:20.56), as the Ephs had the top three finishers in that event. Rounding out the Ephs’ NCAA qualifying performers was Ellen Ramsey, who won the 200-yard backstroke with a ‘B’ time of 2:08.81.
Ha won the 100-yard backstroke for the Ephs in 1:00.19, with Amherst first-years Emily Swett (Rochester, NY), Nicole Heise (Ithaca, NY) and Sprung-Keyser taking the next three spots, respectively, within 0.19 seconds of each other. Cucolo was the first to finish the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.15), followed closely by Amherst’s Kelley (1:09.29) and senior Ellen Fitzgerald (Indianapolis, IN).
The Ephs also finished with the top two times in the 50-yard freestyle and the top three times in the 200-yard breaststroke to round out their victories.
Amherst will return to action Saturday, Jan. 23, when they head to Hamilton College for a 1 p.m. meet with the Continentals and Saint Lawrence University.