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Amherst Sending 13 Swimmers to NCAA Championships

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College will send 13 student-athletes to Minneapolis for this weekend’s NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The four-day event—hosted by Beloit College and The College of Wooster—will begin Wednesday, Mar. 17, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Fans unable to attend will be able to follow live results on the NCAA Championship Website. Ticket information, an order of events and other information is also posted on the championship website.

NCAA LogoThe Amherst women have placed in the top-12 at nationals in each of the past 13 years, and have cracked the top-five in five consecutive appearances. The Lord Jeff men’s and women’s teams each placed fifth last year, marking the best finish in men’s program history.

Representing the Amherst women will be Kendall Dacey ’10 (West Roxbury, MA), Anna Haring ’10 (Santa Barbara, CA), Kendra Stern ’11 (Albuquerque, NM), Rebecca Kelley ’12 (Richmond, VA), Rebecca Thompson ’12 (Evanston, IL) and Emily Swett ’13 (Rochester, NY).

With eight NCAA titles already under her belt, Stern will look to continue her dominance as a two-time defending champion in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. In addition to swimming the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles, Stern will lead the Lord Jeff relay teams. Joining Stern on four relays will be Swett, who won NESCAC titles in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes during a breakout debut season. Swett’s times in the 100 and 200 are among the 10 best in Division III this season.

Heading west for the Amherst men are Tad Homchick ’10 (Mercer Island, WA), Ryan Colby ’11 (Birdsboro, PA), Alex Fraser ’11 (Willowbrook, IL), Reid Fitzgerald ’11 (New York, NY), Ryan Lichtenfels ’12 (McLean, VA), Tim White ’12 (Centerport, NY) and Ben McBratney ’12 (Evanston, IL).

Fraser will match Stern by swimming the 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyles along with four of Amherst’s relays, as he will look to defend his national title in the 500. Entering the weekend with the nation’s top time in the 1,650-yard freestyle is Lichtenfels, who will look to snap Kenyon College’s 20-year streak of winning the mile event. The Lord Jeffs also boast Division III’s second fastest time in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Recaps and results from the NCAA Championships will be posted on the Amherst Athletics Website daily.