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Jeffs Set Three Pool Records in 149-92 Win Over Union

Sophomore Kendra Stern was a part of three pool records set on Sunday.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s swimming and diving team set three pool records en route to a 149-92 victory over Union College Sunday afternoon at Pratt Pool. The Lord Jeffs improve to 5-1 on the season and return to action Sunday, Feb. 1, when they host MIT at 1 p.m.

In her first of three races on the day, sophomore Kendra Stern’s (Albuquerque, NM) time of 1:50.92 shattered the previous 200 freestyle pool record of 1:54.05, which had been set last year by Ellen Ramsey of Williams College. In addition to besting the pool record, Stern’s impressive performance in the 200 marked the fastest time recorded by any Division III swimmer this season.

Stern continued her impressive day by finishing the 100-yard butterfly in 57.29, which set a new record at Pratt Pool and marked an NCAA “B” time. To close out the meet, Stern swam the final leg of the 800 freestyle relay and helped the Jeffs set their third pool record of the afternoon, finishing nearly 23 seconds ahead of the runner-up relay team. Joining Stern in the relay was her older sister, Meaghan (Albuquerque, NM), as well as first-year Becca Thompson (Evanston, IL) and senior Alex Lee (Piedmont, CA).

Before swimming the second leg of the 800 relay, Meaghan Stern convincingly won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:36.88, more than 24 seconds ahead of teammate Ellie Hewitt (Stratford, CT), who was the runner-up. The elder Stern’s second individual victory of the day came in the 100 freestyle, when she swam a 54.97 to edge Union’s Priscilla Wright by three-tenths of a second.

Thompson and Lee each picked up an individual win on the day to go along with their solid performances in the 800 relay. While Thompson won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.07, Lee’s time of 5:11.98 won the 500-yard freestyle. Rounding out the Amherst victories in the swimming events was sophomore Andrea Jensen (Burnsville, MN), whose time of 2:15.04 in the 200-yard individual medley just barely beat out teammate and senior tri-captain Kara MacLaverty (Kenilworth, IL), who finished the event in 2:15.07.

Picking up the clean sweep in the diving events was senior tri-captain Sabrina Dorman (Chevy Chase, MD). After racking up 233.55 points to win the 1-meter dive, Dorman scored a 243.98 to win the 3-meter event. Union featured three divers in each event, but Dorman was the lone participant to score at greater than 200 points on either board.