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Jeffs Set Two Records on Day 3 of Nationals

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McBratney set a NESCAC record in the 100 breaststroke.

Contact: Justin Long

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Amherst College moved up in the men’s and women’s team standings after strong performances on day three of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. The four-day meet will conclude Saturday evening at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

The Amherst men moved up from ninth to sixth after setting a pair of school records, as the Lord Jeffs picked up 58 points on Friday. Denison (471), Kenyon (359) and Emory (287) have a stranglehold on the top three spots, with MIT (180), Redlands (178), Amherst (151), Johns Hopkins (147) and Williams (142) fighting to join them in the top five.

Amherst’s women jumped from 14th to 12th after earning 24 points in the 800-yard freestyle relay, leaving the Lord Jeffs only 24 points outside of the top 10. Teaming up for the relay were Becca Thompson ’12, Lulu Belak ’14, Ashleigh Stoddart ’15 and Stephanie Ternullo ’15, who finished the race in 7:34.77.

Ben McBratney ’12 led the Amherst men by placing fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke, with his time of 55.93 seconds besting his own team and NESCAC record. His previous record of 56.10 was set at last year’s NCAA Championships, during which he placed 10th. Earlier this year, McBratney was crowned a conference champion in the event.

Also setting a new team record was Tyler Bulakul ’14, who placed seventh in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:50.21. The previous Amherst mark had been held by Ethan Treat ’07, who swam a 1:50.51 back in 2006.

Amherst’s 800-yard freestyle relay team placed second to Williams during the NESCAC Championships, but the Lord Jeffs shaved nearly eight seconds off their time to place fourth on Friday, finishing almost four seconds ahead of the Ephs. Earning 30 points with the exceptional performance were Connor Sholtis ’15, Tim White ’12, Nick Egan ’14 and Ryan Lichtenfels ’12.

Wrapping up a tremendous sophomore season on the boards was Colin White, who grabbed the final scoring spot in the 1-meter dive. After finishing eighth in Wednesday’s 3-meter event, White posted a score of 386.00 today to place 16th.

Saturday's preliminary heats will begin at 10 a.m., with finals set for 6 p.m. Live results and a webcast will be available for both heats. For more information, visit Amherst's championship website.

2012 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships
Day 3 Results (Only listed if finished in top 16)

WOMEN'S RESULTS
800-yard Freestyle Relay
Becca Thompson, Lulu Belak, Ashleigh Stoddart, Stephanie Ternullo - 7th (7:34.77)

MEN'S RESULTS
200-yard Butterfly
Tyler Bulakul - 7th (1:50.21) *

* New Amherst Record *

100-yard Breaststroke
Ben McBratney - 4th (55.93) *

* New Amherst and NESCAC Record *

800-yard Freestyle Relay
Connor Sholtis, Tim White, Nick Egan, Ryan Lichtenfels - 4th (6:38.69)

1-meter Diving
Colin White - 16th (386.00)