Stern, Kelley Pick up Two More NESCAC Titles for Amherst
Rebecca Kelley '12 won the 100-yard breaststroke on Saturday.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Amherst College’s Rebecca Kelley ’12 (Richmond, VA) and Kendra Stern ’11 (Albuquerque, NM) each won a conference title for the second time in as many days, as the Lord Jeffs wrapped up day two of the NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday evening at Williams College.
After winning the 50-yard breaststroke in school-record time yesterday, Kelley came out on top in the 100 today with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 1:06.26, 1.20 seconds better than the performance that earned her third place in the event a year ago. Abby Hahn ’14 (New York, NY) finished sixth, completing the race in 1:07.29.
Stern won the 200-yard freestyle for the fourth consecutive year, setting a new championship meet record with an NCAA ‘A’ time of 1:47.21, nearly two seconds ahead of last year’s winning performance (1:49.02). Becca Thompson ’12 (Evanston, IL) placed eighth in the 200 (1:55.60) and would later join Stern, Brooke Bennett ’11 (Arcadia, CA) and Suzi Stein ’14 (Winchester, MA) to finish second in the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:42.31, NCAA ‘B’).
Nicole Heise ’13 (Ithaca, NY), Emily Swett ’13 (Rochester, NY) and Maddy Sprung-Keyser ’13 (Los Angeles, CA) each placed in the top eight in the 100-yard backstroke for the second consecutive year, finishing fourth (58.38, NCAA ‘B’), fifth (58.43, NCAA ‘B’) and sixth (59.31), respectively.
Andrea Jensen ’11 (Burnsville, MN) finished the 400-yard individual medley in the exact same time (4:38.60) and place (8th) as she did a year ago, while Audrey Ingerson ’14 (Irvine, CA) took third in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:26.32) and Allison Merz ’14 (Los Angeles, CA) placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (57.10, NCAA ‘B’). In the evening’s first event, Sprung-Keyser and Merz joined Lulu Belak ’14 (New Canaan, CT) and Katie Vincett ’13 (Pittsburgh, PA) to finish fifth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:48.39).
After two days Williams College sits in first place with 1,366 team points, followed by Amherst with 1,093. Tufts is in third (931), Connecticut College is fourth (797) and Bates rounds out the top five (623.5).
The final day of competition will feature the 100- and 1,650-yard freestyles, 200 fly, 200 back, 200 breast, 400 free relay and 3-meter diving. 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 Medley Relay
Maddy Sprung-Keyser, Lulu Belak, Allison Merz, Katie Vincett – 5th (1:48.39)
Audrey Ingerson – 3rd (10:26.32)
400-Yard Individual Medley
Andrea Jensen – 8th (4:38.60)
Allison Merz – 4th (57.10) ^
Kendra Stern – 1st (1:47.21) *&
Becca Thompson – 8th (1:55.60)
Rebecca Kelley – 1st (1:06.26) ^
Abby Hahn – 6th (1:07.29)
Nicole Heise – 4th (58.38) ^
Emily Swett – 5th (58.43) ^
Maddy Sprung-Keyser – 6th (59.31)
800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Brooke Bennett, Becca Thompson, Suzi Stein, Kendra Stern – 2nd (7:42.31)
RESULTS * DAY 1 RECAP * DAY 3 RECAP * CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE