Amherst Finishes Second at NESCAC Championship
Kendra Stern '11 was named NESCAC Swimmer of the Meet for the third time in her career.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Four members of the Amherst College women’s swimming and diving team combined to win eight events during the 2011 NESCAC Championship, leading the Lord Jeffs to a runner-up finish for the sixth time in 10 years.
Kendra Stern ’11 (Albuquerque, NM) was named Swimmer of the Meet and earned the Four-Year High-Point Swimming award, while Meggie Meisinger ’11 (St. Louis, MO) earned Diver of the Meet and Four-Year High-Point Diving honors.
Amherst won three events Sunday evening to finish the three-day competition with 1,637 points, but it was host Williams College that led the way with 1,961 points to claim its 11th consecutive conference title.
Stern, who was also named Swimmer of the Meet as a first-year in 2008 and as a junior in 2010, became only the second person to win the conference’s top honor three times in a career. She wrapped up her weekend by winning the 100-yard freestyle with an NCAA ‘A’ time of 50.43 seconds, beating her own Muir-Samuelson Pool record to mark the fourth consecutive year she has been crowned NESCAC champion in the 100, 200 and 500.
Meisinger won the 1-meter dive on Friday and made it a clean sweep by recording the top score on the 3-meter board on Sunday. She placed second in the event with a score of 431.00 last year, but she took the top spot this time around with an impressive 451.00. First-year Lizzy Linsmayer (Denver, CO), who placed third in the 1-meter dive on Friday, was forced to withdraw from the 3-meter board due to a shoulder injury.
Abby Hahn '14 won the 200-yard breaststroke on Sunday.
Making it a clean sweep for Amherst in the breaststroke events was Abby Hahn ’14 (New York, NY), who set a new school record in the 200 with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 2:21.27 on Sunday. Rebecca Kelley ’12 (Richmond, VA), who won the 50 and 100 earlier in the weekend, placed eighth in the 200 (2:27.69) by coming in right behind Andrea Jensen ’11 (Burnsville, MN), who was seventh (2:27.57).
Also setting a new school record on Sunday was Becca Thompson ’12 (Evanston, IL), who placed fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 17:22.80. The previous Amherst record of 17:33.21 (Morgan Bayer ’03 in 2000) was also bested by Audrey Ingerson ’14 (Irvine, CA), who placed sixth (17:27.40).
Finishing second and fourth in the 200-yard backstroke were Emily Swett ’13 (Rochester, NY) and Maddy Sprung-Keyser ’13 (Los Angeles, CA), respectively. Swett won the event as a first-year but would settle for second this time (2:05.59, NCAA ‘B’), followed closely by Sprung Keyser (2:06.18, NCAA ‘B’).
Rounding out Amherst’s top individual performers were Allison Merz ’14 (Los Angeles, CA) and Katie Vincett ’13 (Pittsburgh, PA), who recorded NCAA provisional times in the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.54, 7th) and 100-yard freestyle (52.68, 5th), respectively. The Lord Jeffs closed out the weekend when Lulu Belak ’14 (New Canaan, CT), Brooke Bennett ’11 (Arcadia, CA), Stern and Vincett took second in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:30.01, NCAA ‘B’).
Select members of the Amherst women’s team will return to action for the NCAA Championships, which will begin Wednesday, Mar. 23, at the University of Tennessee.
100-Yard Freestyle: Kendra Stern ’11
200-Yard Freestyle: Kendra Stern ’11
500-Yard Freestyle: Kendra Stern ’11
50-Yard Breaststroke: Rebecca Kelley ’12
100-Yard Breaststroke: Rebecca Kelley ’12
200-Yard Breaststroke: Abby Hahn ’14
1-Meter Diving: Meggie Meisinger ’11
3-Meter Diving: Meggie Meisinger ’11
Amherst College Day Three Results (Only Listed if Top 8)
* NCAA “A”
^ NCAA “B”
$ Amherst Record
& Meet Record
% Pool Record
Becca Thompson – 4th (17:22.80) $^
Audrey Ingerson – 6th (17:27.40) ^
Emily Swett – 2nd (2:05.59) ^
Maddy Sprung-Keyser – 4th (2:06.18) ^
Kendra Stern – 1st (50.43) %*
Katie Vincett – 5th (52.68) ^
Abby Hahn – 1st (2:21.27) $^
Andrea Jensen – 7th (2:27.57)
Rebecca Kelley – 8th (2:27.69)
Allison Merz – 7th (2:05.54) ^
Meggie Meisinger – 1st (451.00)
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Brooke Bennett, Katie Vincett, Lulu Belak, Kendra Stern – 2nd (3:30.01) ^
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