Jeffs Pick up Three Wins in Day One of NESCAC Championships
Rebecca Kelley '12 kicked off her weekend with an impressive win in the 50-yard breaststroke (30.27).
MIDDLEBURY, VT – Amherst College won three of the nine events on day one of the 2010 NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, landing in second place with 518.5 team points. Competition will resume Saturday, with preliminary rounds beginning at 10 a.m. and finals kicking off at 5:50 p.m.
Junior Meggie Meisinger (St. Louis, MO) broke a 19-year old school record in the 1-meter dive (11 dives), as her 417.10 surpassed the 403.10 Kelly Loeb '91 recorded in 1991. Meisinger finished third in the event, only 2.5 points behind runner-up Meagan Collins ’12 of Middlebury. Lindsay Gardel ’10 of Tufts gave the Jumbos their first win of the weekend by out-scoring all other divers with a 437.95.
Winning a conference title in the 500 freestyle for the third consecutive year was Amherst junior Kendra Stern (Albuquerque, NM), who bested her own meet and pool records with an NCAA “A” time of 4:52.14, just a hair ahead of Williams first-year Caroline Wilson (4:52.57). Also faring well in the event with NCAA “B” performances were Lord Jeff senior Anna Haring (Santa Barbara, CA), who placed eighth (5:07.57), and sophomore Becca Thompson (Evanston, IL), who swam a 5:07.15 in the consolation final.
Amherst first-year Maddy Sprung-Keyser (Los Angeles, CA) earned the Jeffs a second win by finishing the 50-yard backstroke in 27.50 seconds, edging Bates senior Katelyn Drake by six one-hundredths of a second in her first collegiate championship race. Sprung-Keyser would later join Ellen Fitzgerald ’10 (Indianapolis, IN), Haring and first-year Nicole Heise (Ithaca, NY) in the 400-yard medley relay to finish with an NCAA “B” time of 3:58.38.
Meggie Meisinger '11 broke a 19-year-old school record with an outstanding performance in the 1-meter dive (417.10).
Rounding out Amherst’s winners on Friday was sophomore Rebecca Kelley (Richmond, VA), who finished the 50-yard breaststroke in 30.27 seconds, just a hair ahead of two Williams swimmers. Fitzgerald placed fifth (31.14) in the 50 breast and first-year Catherine Maguire (Westfield, NJ) finished eighth (31.48) in what was an impressive event for the Lord Jeffs.
Although she did not win any events on Friday, first-year Emily Swett (Rochester, NY) was one of Amherst’s most impressive performers. Swett swam an outstanding lead leg (57.47) in the 400-yard medley relay for an NCAA “A” cut in the backstroke, joining Kelley, first-year Katie Vincett (Pittsburgh, PA) and senior co-captain Kendall Dacey (West Roxbury, MA) to place second with an NCAA “B” time of 3:54.89.
Stern got the Lord Jeffs out to an early lead in the 200-yard freestyle relay, but Williams would pull away with the win. Amherst swam a 1:37.15 (NCAA “B”) to place second, with Heise, Vincett and first-year Bobbi Mason (Rochester, NY) following Stern. Also putting in a solid top-8 performance for Amherst was Dacey, who finished fourth in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 26.57.
Williams College (653.5) led the pack with four wins on Friday, while Hamilton and third-place Tufts (443.5) each had one. The Ephs, who have won each of the nine NESCAC Championship titles, jumped out to an early lead with their immense depth. Notably, Williams featured four of the top six finishers in the 200-yard individual medley and three of the top seven in the 500-yard freestyle.
Saturday will feature the 200- and 1,000-yard freestyles, 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 400 IM, 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay. Real-time results will be posted on the NESCAC website throughout the day, with a live webcast also available.
* NCAA “A”
^ NCAA “B”
$ Amherst Record
& Meet Record
% Pool Record
200-Yard Freestyle Relay
Kendra Stern, Nicole Heise, Bobbi Mason, Katie Vincett – 2nd (1:37:15) ^
Rebecca Kelley – 1st (30.27)
Ellen Fitzgerald – 5th (31.14)
Catherine Maguire – 8th (31.48)
Kendall Dacey – 4th (26.57)
Kendra Stern – 1st (4:52.14) *&%
Anna Haring – 8th (5:07.57) ^
Maddy Sprung-Keyser - 1st (27.50)
Katie Vincett – T5th (24.44)
400-Yard Medley Relay
Emily Swett, Rebecca Kelley, Kendall Dacey, Katie Vincett – 2nd (3:54.89) ^
Meggie Meisinger – 3rd (417.10) $