Jeffs Hang on to Second Place After Day Two of NESCAC Championship
Emily Swett '13 continued her impressive weekend by winning the 100-yard backstroke.
MIDDLEBURY, VT – Amherst College junior Kendra Stern (Albuquerque, NM) successfully defended her title in the 200-yard freestyle to help the Lord Jeffs hang on to second place after day two of the 2010 NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship. Competition will conclude Sunday, with preliminary rounds beginning at 10 a.m. and finals taking place at 5:30 p.m. at the Middlebury College Natatorium.
Amherst finished the second day of competition with 1,000.5 points, as the Jeffs trail only Williams College (1,337.5) in the team standings. The Ephs won four of the evening’s eight events, highlighted by a dominant performance in the 400 IM that saw them take the first five spots in the race. Middlebury sits in third place with 836 points, as the Panthers also won two events on Saturday.
Stern’s 1:49.02 in the 200 freestyle was good enough for an NCAA “A” cut, as she broke her own meet record and set a new pool record. Stern has won the 500- and 200-yard freestyles in each of her first three NESCAC Championship appearances, and will attempt to accomplish the same feat in the 100 Sunday evening.
Stern also helped Amherst place second in the 200-yard medley relay, as the Lord Jeffs finished only 0.45 seconds behind Williams with an NCAA “B” time of 1:46.86. Joining Stern were first-year Maddy Sprung-Keyser (Los Angeles, CA), sophomore Rebecca Kelley (Richmond, VA) and senior Kendall Dacey (West Roxbury, MA).
Amherst’s most impressive event of the day was the 100-yard backstroke, which saw a trio of first-years place in the top seven. After putting in an NCAA “A” performance in the 100 backstroke Friday evening during the 400-yard medley relay, Emily Swett (Rochester, NY) won Saturday’s race in 58.01 seconds (NCAA “B”), just 0.07 seconds ahead of Williams first-year KC Ha. Nicole Heise (Ithaca, NY) also put in an NCAA “B” performance (58.95) to place third, while Sprung-Keyser placed seventh (1:00.17).
Kelley continued her success in the breaststroke races, placing third in the 100 (1:07.46, NCAA “B”) after winning the 50 on Friday. Senior Ellen Fitzgerald (Indianapolis, IN) was close behind in sixth (1:07.96) to mark her second top-six finish of the weekend. Also putting in an NCAA provisional qualifying performance was Dacey in the 100 fly (6th, 58.52), while junior Andrea Jensen (Burnsville, MN) and senior Anna Haring (Santa Barbara, CA) had “B” times in the 400 IM to place eighth and ninth, respectively.
Amherst had won the 800-yard freestyle relay in five consecutive NESCAC Championship appearances, but the Lord Jeffs would finish third on Saturday in the final event of the evening. Sophomore Becca Thompson (Evanston, IL) joined Haring, Heise and Stern to swim a 7:43.63, which was good enough for a “B” cut. Middlebury won the thrilling race in 7:35.33, just 0.16 seconds ahead of Williams.
Sunday will feature the 100- and 1,650-yard freestyles, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay and 3-meter diving. Real-time results will be posted on the NESCAC website throughout the day, with a live webcast also available.
* NCAA “A”
^ NCAA “B”
& Meet Record
% Pool Record
200-Yard Medley Relay
Maddy Sprung-Keyser, Rebecca Kelley, Kendall Dacey, Kendra Stern – 2nd (1:46.86) ^
400-Yard Individual Medley
Andrea Jensen – 8th (4:38.60) ^
Kendall Dacey – 6th (58.52) ^
Kendra Stern – 1st (1:49.02) *&%
Rebecca Kelley – 3rd (1:07.46) ^
Ellen Fitzgerald – 6th (1:07.96)
Emily Swett – 1st (58.01) ^
Nicole Heise – 3rd (58.95) ^
Maddy Sprung-Keyser – 7th (1:00.17)
800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Anna Haring, Becca Thompson, Nicole Heise, Kendra Stern – 3rd (7:43.63) ^