Lord Jeffs Pick up Impressive Wins over Middlebury
Bart Federak '12 won the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM to lead Amherst against Middlebury.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each improved to 3-0 with convincing wins over Middlebury College in the 2009-10 home opener for both Lord Jeff squads. Amherst came out on top by scores of 198-90 (men) and 188-108 (women), with each side winning 13 of the day’s 16 events.
Sophomore Bart Federak (Towaco, NJ) had an outstanding day for the Amherst men, sweeping the breaststroke events before wrapping up his afternoon with a victory in the 200 IM. After edging classmate Mike O’Connor (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) in the 100 breast (1:01.24), Federak finished 1.45 seconds ahead of him in the 200. The 200 IM saw Amherst finish 1-2-3, with Federak’s 2:01.64 besting classmates Ryan Lichtenfels (McLean, VA) and Ben McBratney (Evanston, IL).
The Lord Jeff men also took the top three spots in the 200-yard backstroke, with first-year Daniel Schwab (San Diego, CA) swimming a 1:58.45 to place just ahead of runner-up Tim White (Centerport, NY) and Reid Fitzgerald (New York, NY). Before winning the 200 back, Schwab came out on top in the 100 back, with Fitzgerald only 0.34 seconds behind.
Amherst swept the freestyle events in convincing fashion, placing 1-2 in all five races. Senior co-captain Tad Homchick (Mercer Island, WA) won the 50 (21.79) and 100 (48.35), with first-year Sheng Hu (Lake Bluff, IL) placing second each time. Junior Alex Fraser (Willowbrook, IL) was first to touch the wall in the 200 (1:46.40) and 500 (4:52.55), while Lichtenfels dominated the 1000 with a time of 10:03.28, more than 18 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Hu, Homchick, White and Fraser combined to win the 400 free relay (3:13.52), while Fitzgerald, O’Connor, Homchick and Fraser won the 200 medley relay (1:38.44). Rounding out Amherst’s winners was sophomore Gavin Front (San Anselmo, CA), who edged Middlebury’s Omar Carmical by merely half a point in the 1-meter dive. The Panthers won the 3-meter dive and swept the butterfly events.
Junior Kendra Stern (Albuquerque, NM) led the way on the women’s side with three individual victories, including an NCAA ‘A’ performance in the 200-yard freestyle. Stern began her day by helping Amherst win the 200 medley relay by swimming the freestyle leg, as she joined first-year Maddy Sprung-Keyser (Los Angeles, CA), sophomore Rebecca Kelley (Richmond, VA) and senior co-captain Kendall Dacey (West Roxbury, MA) to finish with a 1:49.57.
Stern then handily won the 200 free with a 1:52.15, which was good enough for an automatic qualifying time for nationals. The 500 free (5:04.33) and 200 IM (2:08.26) also featured impressive performances by Stern, who swam an NCAA ‘B’ time in both races.
Junior Meggie Meisinger (St. Louis, MO) swept the diving events for Amherst, winning the 1-meter event with a 251.32 before her 227.55 on the 3-meter board wrapped up her day.
After swimming the 200 medley relay, Kelley swept the breaststroke races with a 1:08.81 in the 100 and a 2:30.93 in the 200. With Stern winning the 200 and 500 freestyles, first-years Katie Vincett (Pittsburgh, PA) and Nicole Heise (Ithaca, NY) joined senior Anna Haring (Santa Barbara, CA) to make it a clean sweep by taking the 50 (25.30), 100 (54.88) and 1000 (10:43.03) freestyle events.
Rounding out Amherst’s individual winners were Sprung-Keyser and first-year Emily Swett (Rochester, NY), who pulled out victories in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke races, respectively. Middlebury’s three victories came in the 400 free relay, 100 fly and 200 fly.
The Lord Jeffs will return to action Sunday, Jan. 3 when they head to Union College for a 1 p.m. dual meet.