NESCAC Championships Set to Begin Friday at Bowdoin
Senior Meaghan Stern will look to give Amherst an edge in the freestyle events during her final NESCAC Championship.
In the freestyle events, all eyes will be on sophomore Kendra Stern to see if she will repeat the performance at last year’s championship that earned her 2008 Swimmer of the Meet honors. In addition to winning the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle races at last year’s event, Stern was a part of Amherst’s dominating performances in the 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay.
Meaghan Stern—participating in her final NESCAC Championship this weekend—will look to team up with Kendra in hopes of giving Amherst a dominant finish in the freestyle events. Meaghan joined Kendra on the Lord Jeffs’ three relay championship teams last year. Amherst will have to make up for the loss of Brittany Sasser ’08, who dominated last year’s championships by winning the 100 and 200 backstroke events and the 200 individual medley, in addition to joining the Stern sisters in the relay events.
Upperclassmen looking to once again lead Amherst at the championships include seniors Erin Morrison, Alex Lee and Sabrina Dorman, as well as junior Ellen Fitzgerald. While Lee swam the third leg of the 800 freestyle relay at last year’s championship meet, Fitzgerald swam the second leg of the 400 medley relay. Morrison will provide significant depth to the relays, as she was part of the 2008 national champion 400 freestyle relay team. Dorman—the Lord Jeffs’ lone diver—placed fifth in the 1-meter dive at the 2008 championships and just barely missed a qualifying score in the 3-meter event, as she will be looking to continue the success she had during the 2008-09 dual meet season.
Williams College has won all eight NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, with Amherst finishing as the runner-up in 2002, 2005 and 2007. The Lord Jeffs placed third last year behind Middlebury and the champion Ephs.
Fans unable to attend the event can follow all of the action live via the internet on JumboCast. Competition will get underway each day with preliminary heats at 10 a.m. Finals will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $6 per session or $10 for a day pass for adults, and $1 per session for children and students. Doors will open two hours prior to the heats and finals. A complete championship schedule along with real-time results will be available on the NESCAC website.