Jeffs Win Three Titles on Day One of NESCAC Championship
Meggie Meisinger '11 won the 1-meter dive on Friday.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Amherst College won three of the nine events on day one of the 2011 NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, landing in second place with 571.50 team points. Competition will resume Saturday at Williams College’s Muir-Samuelson Pool, with preliminary rounds beginning at 10 a.m. and finals kicking off at 5:50 p.m.
All eyes were on Amherst’s Kendra Stern ’11 (Albuquerque, NM) and Williams College’s Caroline Wilson in what was expected to be a great battle in the 500-yard freestyle. Stern had won the event in each of the previous three NESCAC Championship meets, and she made number four look easy as her time of 4:48.58 was nearly five seconds ahead of Wilson (4:53.40), who finished as the runner-up. Stern blew her previous NESCAC meet record (4:52.14) out of the water, improving to 10-0 all-time in NESCAC Championship individual races.
Before Stern broke a 17-year-old pool record in the 500, Rebecca Kelley ’12 (Richmond, VA) successfully defended her crown in the 50-yard breaststroke by just missing out on a pool record of her own. Kelley won the event as a sophomore with a time of 30.27, but she broke her own school record by swimming a 29.93 on Friday as the NESCAC’s only swimmer to crack the 30-second mark this season.
Amherst’s third conference title came in the 1-meter dive, where Meggie Meisinger ’11 (St. Louis, MO) finished with a score of 413.40. In third place after this morning’s preliminaries, Meisinger strung together an extremely impressive six-dive list to capture first place in come-from-behind fashion. The Lord Jeffs would also take third in the event, as Lizzy Linsmayer ’14 (Denver, CO) was right with the front of the pack (409.85) despite competing in her first-ever championship meet.
The 500 wound up being Amherst’s most successful swimming event, as Stern was joined by Becca Thompson ’12 (Evanston, IL) and Audrey Ingerson ’14 (Irvine, CA) in sixth (5:03.33, NCAA 'B') and seventh (5:05.83) place, respectively.
Allison Merz ’14 (Los Angeles, CA) finished third in the 50-yard butterfly with a school-record time of 25.98 seconds. Maddy Sprung-Keyser ’13 (Los Angeles, CA) fell short of defending her conference title in the 50-yard backstroke, finishing in 27.74 seconds for fourth place. Katie Vincett ’13 (Pittsburgh, PA) took fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.16), with first-years Suzi Stein (Winchester, MA) and Abby Hahn (New York, NY) rounding out the top individual performers by finishing sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 200-yard individual medley.
The Lord Jeffs placed third in each of Friday’s relays, as the meet kicked off with Stern, Merz and Vincett joining senior captain Brooke Bennett (Arcadia, CA) for an NCAA ‘B’ time of 1:35.74 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Closing out the meet were Stern, Merz, Hahn and Emily Swett ’13 (Rochester, NY), who swam a 3:53.66 (NCAA ‘B’) in the 400 medley.
Williams (713) led the way with five wins on Friday, followed by Amherst (571.50), Tufts (492), Connecticut College (399), Bates (308), Middlebury (265), Colby (258), Hamilton (257), Bowdoin (229), Wesleyan (219) and Trinity (187.5).
Saturday will feature the 200- and 1,000-yard freestyles, 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 400 IM, 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay. Real-time results will be posted on the NESCAC website throughout the day, with a live webcast also available.
* NCAA “A”
^ NCAA “B”
$ Amherst Record
& Meet Record
% Pool Record
200-Yard Freestyle Relay
Kendra Stern, Allison Merz, Brooke Bennett, Katie Vincett – 3rd (1:35.74) ^
Rebecca Kelley – 1st (29.93) $
Allison Merz – 3rd (25.98) $
Kendra Stern – 1st (4:48.58) *&%
Becca Thompson – 6th (5:03.33) ^
Audrey Ingerson – 7th (5:05.83)
Maddy Sprung-Keyser – 4th (27.74)
200-Yard Individual Medley
Suzi Stein – 6th (2:09.62)
Abby Hahn – 8th (2:10.58)
Katie Vincett – 5th (24.16)
Meggie Meisinger – 1st (413.40)
Lizzy Linsmayer – 3rd (409.85)
400-Yard Medley Relay
Emily Swett, Abby Hahn, Allison Merz, Kendra Stern – 3rd (3:53.66) ^
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