Jeffs Finish Strong at NCAA Championships
Contact: Matthew Hart
SHENANDOAH, Texas – Both Amherst College swimming and diving teams notched a pair of top-10 finishes on the final day of competition as the Jeff women finished in sixth place and the men claimed seventh at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships.
Finishing with 240 points, the Amherst women notched their ninth top-six performance of the last 11 years, returning to the elite tier of teams after 2012’s 13th-place finish. Emory raced to its fourth consecutive title with 619 points while Kenyon (483), Denison (363), Williams (304) and Johns Hopkins (290) completed the top five.
The Jeff men, meanwhile, led all NESCAC squads and finished in the Top 10 for the sixth consecutive year, continuing the most prolific stretch in program history as they totaled 172 points, well ahead of eighth-place Williams (130). Kenyon (499.5) outpaced rival Denison (428) for its third straight title while MIT (334), Johns Hopkins (316), Emory (280) and Stevens (185) rounded out the top six.
Emily Hyde ’16 led the way for the women on Saturday with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke as she touched the wall in 2:16.43, shattering her own school record by over two seconds. It was Hyde’s second top-five effort of the meet and third individual All-America performance after the first-year phenom placed fourth in the 200-yard Individual Medley on Wednesday and sixth in the 400 IM on Thursday.
Hyde also contributed to the seventh-place 400-yard Freestyle Relay on Day Four, teaming up with Steph Ternullo ’15, Ashleigh Stoddart ’15 and Katie Vincett ’13 to finish in 3:26.11. After Hyde’s 15 points in the 200 Breast, the relay sealed Amherst’s grasp on sixth as the quartet tallied 24 points. Ternullo and Vincett also scored earlier in the day, with Vincett placing 11th in the 100 Free (51.18) after Ternullo took 12th in the 1650 Free (17:08.86).
On the men’s side, meanwhile, Connor Sholtis ’15 capped a strong meet with a sixth-place effort in the 100 Free as he touched the wall in 44.70, becoming the only member of the men’s team to notch multiple individual All-America performances after his fourth-place showing in the 200 Free on Thursday. Sholtis also swam the anchor leg of the 400 Free Relay on Saturday as he joined with Tyler Hampton ’15, Tyler Bulakul ’14 and Conor Deveney ’15 to place 11th in 3:01.64.
Two other Jeff men scored on Day Four as Colin White ’14 returned to the diving competition to place seventh in the three-meter event (483.55). Earlier in the evening, Matt Heise ’16 finished 12th in the 200-yard backstroke (1:49.29).
With the men’s team losing none of its championship participants to graduation this spring and the women returning the bulk of their scoring, the future is sure to be bright for both squads.
2013 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships
Day Four Results (only listed if finished in Top 16)
Women's 1650 Free: Steph Ternullo -- 12th (17:08.86)
Women's 100 Free: Katie Vincett -- 11th (51.18)
Men's 100 Free: Connor Sholtis -- 6th (44.70)
Men's 200 Back: Matt Heise -- 12th (1:49.29)
Women's 200 Breast: Emily Hyde -- 4th (2:16.43)
Men's 3m Diving: Colin White -- 7th (483.55)
Women's 400 Free Relay: Hyde, Ternullo, Stoddart, Vincett -- 7th (3:26.11)
Men's 400 Free Relay: Hampton, Bulakul, Egan, Sholtis -- 11th (3:01.64)