Jeffs Continue Strong Start at Wesleyan
Contact: Matthew Hart
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Stephanie Ternullo ’15 and Sarah Conklin ’16 each won two individual events as the Amherst College women’s swimming and diving team won its second dual meet in three days, defeating host Wesleyan University by a 167-109 margin Monday.
Ternullo touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.92) before setting a dual-meet pool record in the 500 free (5:08.76). She later teamed up with Lulu Belak ’14, Ashleigh Stoddart ’15 and Katie Vincett ’13 to break another dual-meet site standard, finishing the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:39.06.
Two days after posting an NCAA “B” cut time in the 100-yard butterfly, Conklin set a dual-meet pool record in the event, winning in 57.75 seconds, nearly four seconds ahead of second-place teammate Allison Merz ’14 (1:01.65). Earlier in the meet, Conklin – the reigning NESCAC Performer of the Week – won the 200 fly in 2:11.47, with Merz (2:16.86) again taking second. The first-year standout began her day by joining forces with Maddy Sprung Keyser ’13, Courtney Flynn ’15 and Vincett to post a winning time of 1:49.96 in the 200-yard medley relay.
Vincett had another strong day, adding a victory in the 50-yard freestyle (24.62) to her relay contributions. Stoddart (25:31) was right behind her in the 50 free while also taking second in the 100 free (55.63) behind Belak (55.08).
Emily Hyde ’16 impressed in her second collegiate meet, winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.23 while finishing second behind Wesleyan’s Rachel Hirsch ’15 in the 100 breast. Classmate Charlotte Chudy ’16 was another individual winner for the Jeffs, touching first in the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:45.92. Nicole Heise ’13 was the final top finisher for Amherst, winning the 400-yard IM (4:41.80) in the second-to-last women’s event of the meet.
After breaking for Thanksgiving, the Jeffs will be back in the water on Saturday, Dec. 1, traveling to Middlebury for a dual meet beginning at 1 p.m.