Jeffs Compete at Middlebury Invitational
Contact: Mike O'Brien
MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Amherst women’s swimming & diving team competed at the Middlebury Invitational, hosted by Middlebury College.
The two-day meet featured a total of six schools. Representing the NESCAC was Amherst, Middlebury, Tufts and Williams, while Springfield College and the University of Vermont also participated.
Highlighting the day for the Jeffs was sophomore Emily Hyde. The Clinton, N.Y. native captured three individual top-five finishes and was a member of three relay teams that finished second in their respective events. Hyde’s top performance of the meet was a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle in which she won in 25.21 seconds. In other individual events, she finished second in the 100 free with a time of 54.26 and fourth in the 200 free in 1:58.54.
Hyde was also a member of the 4x200 free relay ‘A’ team, consisting of Sabrina Lee ’15, Hyde, Ashleigh Stoddart ’15 and Allison Merz ’14. The quartet was narrowly edged by Williams in the first event of the meet, claiming second in 1:40.84. Williams won in 1:40.70. In the 4x200 medley relay, Sarah Conklin ’16 joined Lee, Hyde and Stoddart for a second place finish with a time of 1:49.81 and the 4x800 relay team of Lee, Hyde, Stoddart and Merz took second behind Vermont with a mark of 8:02.94.
Lee and Stoddart also performed exceptionally well in individual events. Lee finished second and third in the 200 individual medley and 100 free, respectively. The junior finished the 200 IM in 2:12.36 and swam the 100 free in 54.49 seconds.
Stoddart took home two top-five finishes, claiming third in the 50 free with a time of 25:39 and fifth in the 200 free, touching in 1:59.52.
Charlotte Chudy ’16 was responsible for the other Amherst win on the day. The sophomore excelled in the 1,650 free, defeating the field by a full 13 seconds to win the event in 18:03.50.
The Jeffs are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 2, to host Springfield at 1 p.m. in their final regular season meet before the NESCAC Championships.