Amherst Swim Teams Improve to 4-0 With Wins Over Hamilton
CLINTON, NY - The Amherst College men's and women's swimming and diving teams each picked up road wins at Hamilton College to remain undefeated. The men's team won 201-97, while the women defeated Hamilton 198-96.
The women’s team took home first place in 13 of the 16 events en route to its victory. Senior captain Brittany Sasser (Belmont, MA) led the way once again, winning the 100 butterfly with a provisional qualification time for NCAAs and the 100 backstroke event with an automatic qualification time. First-year Kendra Stern (Albuquerque, NM) also continued her strong string of performances with wins in the 200 freestyle with a provisional qualification time as well as the 50 butterfly.
In the diving events, first-year Meggie Meissinger (St. Louis, MO) took home first place while junior Sabrina Dorman (Chevy Chase, MD) delivered a second place finish in the three-meter event in her first meet back after a semester abroad. In their final event of the meet, the women’s 800 freestyle relay team of Sasser, Kendra Stern, sophomore Anna Haring (Santa Barbara, CA) and junior Meaghan Stern (Albuquerque, NM) set a pool record and delivered a provisional qualification time in their winning performance.
The men’s team also won 13 of its 16 events over the Continentals including two victories from each of five different men. In the freestyle events, junior Christian Witzke (Jacksonville, FL) remained undefeated on the season with wins in the 1000 and 100 freestyle events, while first-year Ryan Colby (Birdsboro, PA) took home first in the 200 and 500 freestyles despite facing stiff competition.
In the stroke events, senior captain Derek Prill (Paris, France) won both the 50 and 100 breaststrokes and junior Mike Waskom (Wilton, CT) touched first in the 50 and 100 backstrokes. In the diving events, junior Kai Robinson (Vashon, WA) announced his arrival on the scene after his recent transfer from Brown with wins and NCAA qualification scores in both the one- and three-meter competitions.
Both teams moved to 4-0 with their wins against Hamilton. Amherst returns to action Saturday, Jan. 12 against NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams College, with the women’s meet starting at 1 p.m. and the men’s meet starting at 4 p.m.