NESCAC Championships Begin Friday
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst College women’s swimming and diving team will travel to Bowdoin College’s Greason Pool for the 2013 NESCAC Championships. The three-day meet is slated to begin on Friday, Feb. 15 with preliminary heats in the morning and championship races in the evening.
TICKET INFORMATION: Competition will get underway each day with preliminary heats at 10:00 a.m. Finals will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 5:50 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $7 per session for adults and $3 per session for children and students. Doors will open one hour prior to the heats and finals.
LIVE COVERAGE: Live results from the morning preliminary races and evening finals will be available online. Bowdoin will also offer a video webcast of the evening finals through its athletics website.
CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: Putting together another strong showing at last season’s championships, the Jeffs finished as the runner-up for the seventh time in 11 years with 1460.5 points.
Senior co-captains Annie Glancy and Katie Vincett headline a talented class looking to make an impression in its final conference meet. Enjoying a stellar season, Glancy should be a factor in both the 200 and 400 IM, while Vincett, one of the league’s top sprinters, will play a crucial role in the relays. At last year’s championships, Vincett placed fourth in the 50 and 100 freestyle, while helping the 400 free relay and 400 medley relay to a pair of top-three showings.
The top seed in the 200 butterfly, Nicole Heise ’13 may also make a run at the podium in the 100 fly after scoring in both events last year. Backstrokers Maddy Sprung-Keyser ’13 and Emily Swett ’13 will once again look to make an impact after strong showings in years past. Sprung-Keyser finished in the top-six of the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke at the 2010-11 meet, while Swett was the conference runner-up in the 200 back as a sophomore.
Lizzy Linsmayer ’14 headlines the junior class after recently setting a program record in the 1-meter dive (468.65) at the Middlebury Invitational in early February. In 2011-12, Linsmayer placed second in both the 1 and 3-meter events and should once again prove to be a factor this season.
Lulu Belak ’14 could compete for the 100 free title while Audrey Ingerson ’14 and Anna Pietrantonio ’14 stand poised for strong performances in the 1,000 and 1,650 freestyles. Last season, Pietrantonio and Ingerson came in second and third, respectively, in the 1,000 free, with Ingerson finishing eighth in the 1,650.
Another strong freestyler, Steph Ternullo ’15 should make an impression in several events after recording top-three finishes in the 200, 500 and 1,650 events as a first-year. Classmate Ashleigh Stoddart ’15 enters the fray as a competitor in the 200 free, while the duo join Belak on a competitive 800 free relay that placed third at the NESCACs a year ago.
Looking to make an impact, Emily Hyde ’16 and Sarah Conklin ’16 enter this weekend’s festivities as the top seeds in several events. Posting the fastest times thus far in the 50 (26.56) and 100 fly (56.98), Conklin is also the second seed in the 200 fly, while Hyde is favorite in the 200 breaststroke and the second seed in both the 200 and 400 IM.
For more information please visit the NESCAC website.