Jeffs Close Out NCAA Championships
Amherst led all NESCAC schools on the men's side.
Contact: Justin Long
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Amherst College swimming and diving teams impressed on the final day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships, with the men finishing in a tie for sixth place and the women placing 13th.
This is the fourth consecutive top-six finish for the Amherst men, who earned 206 points during the four-day meet for the second highest total in program history. Denison won its second title in as many years with 600 points, finishing ahead of Kenyon (519), Emory (342), MIT (235), Redlands (221), Amherst and Johns Hopkins (206).
Amherst’s women have placed in the top 15 at every NCAA Championship since 1997, with this year’s group earning 35 points on Saturday and 87 in all. Emory won its third consecutive title in convincing fashion, finishing more than 150 points ahead of the rest of the field.
The Lord Jeffs had several top-10 individual finishes on the men’s side today, beginning with Conor Deveney ’15 placing fourth in the 200-yard backstroke. His time of 1:47.35 was 2.2 seconds faster than the previous Amherst record (Reid Fitzgerald ’11) and was only 0.08 seconds behind the NESCAC mark, capping off an impressive rookie season for the Amherst first-year.
Also earning a fourth-place finish today was Ryan Lichtenfels ’12, who completed the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:32.67. The senior captain placed among the top five in the event in each of his four years, notably finishing second in 2009 and first in 2010. Fellow captain Tim White joined Lichtenfels in the mile on Saturday, closing out an exceptional career by placing 10th (15:48.95).
The Amherst women have placed in the top 15 at
the NCAA Championships every year since 1997.
Lichtenfels would also help the Lord Jeffs win the consolation final of the 400-yard freestyle relay, as he and Ben McBratney ’12 wrapped up their collegiate careers by swimming the first two legs. First-years Tyler Hampton and Connor Sholtis helped Amherst come from behind for the win, with Sholtis completing the final 100 yards in 44.26 seconds to give the Jeffs a final time of 3:01.95.
Saturday proved to be the most successful day for the Amherst women, who got another exceptional performance from diver Lizzy Linsmayer ’14. Two days after placing seventh in the 1-meter dive, Linsmayer capped off a phenomenal sophomore season by earning 445.15 points on the 3-meter board, which was good enough for sixth place and a second All-America performance.
Senior captain Becca Thompson’s decorated career finished with a pair of scoring performances. In addition to placing 14th in the mile (17:20.29), she led Amherst in the 200-yard backstroke by finishing 13th (2:03.28). Also competing in the 200-yard backstroke was Sabrina Lee ’15, who grabbed the final scoring spot with a time of 2:04.39.
Lee also swam the second leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay, as the Lord Jeffs concluded their week by placing second in the consolation final and 10th overall. Ashleigh Stoddart ’15 swam the first leg and Ricka Sadovnikoff ’15 took the third, with Katie Vincett ’13 closing things out to give Amherst a time of 3:28.92.
2012 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships
Day 4 Results (Only listed if finished in top 16)
Becca Thompson - 13th (2:03.28)
Sabrina Lee - 16th (2:04.39)
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Ashleigh Stoddart, Sabrina Lee, Ricka Sadovnikoff, Katie Vincett - 10th (3:28.92)
1,650-yard Freestyle Relay
Becca Thompson - 14th (17:20.29)
Lizzy Linsmayer - 6th (4:45.15)
Conor Deveney - 4th (1:47.35)
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Ben McBratney, Ryan Lichtenfels, Tyler Hampton, Connor Sholtis - 9th (3:01.95)
Ryan Lichtenfels - 4th (15:32.67)
Tim White - 10th (15:48.95)
RESULTS * NCAA WEBSITE