Lord Jeff Swimming Snags Wins Against Springfield
By Christian Witzke
AMHERST, MA - After a stirring ceremony to honor all 13 of the team’s graduating seniors, the Amherst College men's and women's swimming and diving teams both picked up wins over Springfield College at home in their final dual meets of the season. The women won 132-103 while the men topped the Pride 129.5-105.5.
On the women’s side, first-year Kendra Stern (Albuquerque, NM) continued her assault on the Amherst record board on her way to two of the teams eight individual wins on the day. After a strong first place finish in the 50 freestyle, Stern set a new pool and college record with her time of 4:59.12. Junior Meaghan Stern (Albuquerque, NM) also posted two individual wins, taking home first in both the 200 and 100 freestyle events. First-year Meggie Meisinger (St. Louis, MO) was also a two-event winner on the day, as she returned to action with wins in both the 1- and 3-meter diving events.
In the men’s events, first-year Ryan Colby (Birdsboro, PA) set the tone once again with a win in the first individual event, the 1000 freestyle. Later in the session he would also add a first place finish in the 200 butterfly. Junior Christian Witzke (Jacksonville, FL) also continued his strong season with wins in the 50 and 500 freestyle events as the men’s team amassed first place finishes in nine individual events.
Senior Connor Boyd (Northridge, CA) and junior Kai Robinson (Vashon, WA) also performed admirably in the win with wins in the 3- and 1-meter diving events ahead of strong Springfield competitors. To conclude the meet, the 400 freestyle relay team comprised of first-year Alex Fraser (Willowbrook, IL), senior captain Andrew Maslan (Mission Hills, KS), sophomore Tad Homchick (Mercer Island, WA) and Witzke delivered a pool record time of 3:09.52 on their way to a first place finish.
With this win, the women’s team completed their dual meet season with a perfect 8-0 record, while the men’s team moved to 6-2 on the year. Both teams return to action for NESCAC Championships, with the women’s meet being held at Wesleyan University Feb. 22-24 and the men’s meet being held at Middlebury College Feb. 29 through Mar. 2.