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Seven Amherst Swimmers Earn All-NESCAC Recognition

NESCACsAMHERST, MA – The 2007-08 Women’s Swimming and Diving All-NESCAC Team was announced today, with the top three finishers in each event at the 2008 NESCAC Championship receiving All-Conference recognition. Seven members of the Amherst College squad combined to earn 27 All-NESCAC nods, as the Lord Jeffs came away with nine first-place finishes at the meet.

Sophomore Ellen Fitzgerald (Indianapolis, IN) and juniors Erin Morrison (Old Greenwich, CT) and Alex Lee (Piedmont, CA) each picked up an All-Conference nod, as they helped the Jeffs place in the top three in the 400-yard Medley Relay, 200-yard Freestyle Relay and 800-yard Freestyle Relay, respectively. Senior Lisa Pritchard (Saratoga Springs, NY) had a hand in the team’s 400-yard Freestyle Relay victory, adding second-place finishes in the 50- and 100-yard Backstroke events.

Senior Brittany Sasser (Belmont, MA), junior Meaghan Stern (Albuquerque, NM) and first-year Kendra Stern (Albuquerque, NM) were involved in each of the Jeffs’ three relay victories (400 Medley, 400 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle), with Meaghan adding top-three finishes in the 100-, 200- and 500-yard Freestyle events. Sasser and the Stern sisters also teamed up with Morrison to place second in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay.

Sasser took home three individual victories in addition to her success in the relay events. The Backstroke crowns may as well have been handed to Sasser before the meet began, as she won the 100- and 200-yard events to continue her undefeated career. Sasser also claimed the 200-yard IM. For her success at each of the past four NESCAC Championships, Sasser was named the Four-Year High Point Swimmer, marking the second consecutive year an Amherst swimmer has earned the honor.

Stealing the show for Amherst was Kendra Stern, who also took home three individual victories in addition to her success in the relay events. The rookie sensation held off the rest of the pack—including big sister Meaghan—to win the 100-, 200- and 500-yard Freestyle events. Saturday's greatest accomplishment came when Kendra won the 200-yard Freestyle in a time of 1:49.18 to become the first NESCAC woman in history to get below the 1:50 mark, as she eclipsed the previous NESCAC record of 1:50.32 set by Meaghan during last year’s championships. For her efforts, Kendra was named the Swimmer of the Meet, becoming just the second first-year to ever win the award.

Amherst will look to continue its dominance in the Relay, Backstroke and Freestyle events at the NCAA Division III Championships, which begin Thursday, Mar. 13 at Miami University’s Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center in Oxford, Ohio. Last year’s Lord Jeffs placed second at nationals behind 21-time champion Kenyon College.

Amherst College 2008 All-NESCAC Honorees
Ellen Fitzgerald: 400-yard Medley Relay
Alex Lee: 800-yard Freestyle Relay
Erin Morrison: 200-yard Freestyle Relay
Lisa Pritchard: 50-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Backstroke,
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Brittany Sasser: 100-yard Backstroke, 200-yard Backstroke,
200-yard IM, 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Freestyle Relay,
800-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay
Kendra Stern: 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Freestyle,
500-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Freestyle Relay,
800-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay
Meaghan Stern: 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Freestyle,
500-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Freestyle Relay,
800-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay

Swimmer of the Meet: Kendra Stern
Four-Year High Point Swimmer: Brittany Sasser