Stern Leads Jeffs to Second Place at NESCAC Championship
Kendra Stern '11 was named NESCAC Swimmer of the Meet for the second time of her career.
MIDDLEBURY, VT – Four Amherst College swimmers combined to win seven events during the 2010 NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, leading the Lord Jeffs to a runner-up finish for the fifth time in nine years. Kendra Stern ’11 was named Swimmer of the Meet for setting meet and pool records with NCAA “A” times in the 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyle races.
Amherst won two races Sunday evening to finish the three-day competition with 1,376 points, but it was Williams College that led the pack with 1,954 points to claim its 10th consecutive conference title. Host Middlebury College rounded out the top three teams with 1,148 points.
Stern, who also won Swimmer of the Meet honors as a first-year in 2008, wrapped up her weekend by winning the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.31 seconds, beating her own meet record to mark the third consecutive year she has been crowned NESCAC champion in the 100, 200 and 500. Stern also helped Amherst place second in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay, as well as third in the 800-yard freestyle relay.
First-year Emily Swett (Rochester, NY) accounted for Amherst’s second victory on Sunday, winning the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:02.55. Swett began her weekend by helping the Lord Jeffs place second in the 400-yard medley relay with an NCAA “A” cut in the backstroke leg. On Saturday, Swett won the 100-yard backstroke with an NCAA provisional time.
Two days after setting a new program record in the 1-meter dive, junior Meggie Meisinger (St. Louis, MO) put the finishing touches on a standout weekend by placing second on the 3-meter board. Meisinger’s score of 431.00 was only 10.65 points behind Middlebury’s Meagan Collins ’12, who was named Diver of the Meet.
Joining Swett with top-eight performances in the 200-yard backstroke were sophomore Becca Thompson (Evanston, IL) and first-year Cassandra Farnow (Chatham, NJ), who placed third (2:07.39, NCAA “B”) and eighth (2:11.36), respectively.
Senior Ellen Fitzgerald (Indianapolis, IN) earned her third top-six finish in the breaststroke events by placing third in the 200 on Sunday with an NCAA “B” time of 2:26.29. Sophomore Rebecca Kelley (Richmond, VA) placed eighth in the 200 (2:32.20) to go along with her NESCAC title in the 50 and her third-place showing in the 100.
With NCAA “B” performances in the 500-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley, and 800-yard freestyle relay already under her belt, senior Anna Haring (Santa Barbara, CA) placed eighth in Sunday’s 200-yard butterfly for yet another NCAA provisional cut (2:07.16). Haring also joined Stern and the first-year tandem of Nicole Heise (Ithaca, NY) and Katie Vincett (Pittsburgh, PA) to finish second in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:32.23, NCAA “B”).
Select members of the Amherst women’s team will return to action for the NCAA Championships, which will begin Wednesday, Mar. 17, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
100-Yard Freestyle: Kendra Stern ’11
200-Yard Freestyle: Kendra Stern ’11
500-Yard Freestyle: Kendra Stern ’11
50-Yard Breaststroke: Rebecca Kelley ’12
50-Yard Backstroke: Maddy-Sprung Keyser ’13
100-Yard Backstroke: Emily Swett ’13
200-Yard Backstroke: Emily Swett ’13
Amherst College Day Three Results (Only Listed if Top 8)
* NCAA “A”
^ NCAA “B”
& Meet Record
% Pool Record
Emily Swett – 1st (2:02.55) *
Becca Thompson – 3rd (2:07.39) ^
Cassandra Farnow – 8th (2:11.36)
Kendra Stern – 1st (50.31) *&%
Ellen Fitzgerald – 3rd (2:26.29) ^
Rebecca Kelley – 8th (2:32.20)
Anna Haring – 8th (2:07.16) ^
Meggie Meisinger – 2nd (431.00)
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Nicole Heise, Katie Vincett, Anna Haring, Kendra Stern – 2nd (3:32.23) ^