Jeffs Send 16 Members to NCAA Championships
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – A total of 16 members from the Amherst College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
The four-day meet will start Wednesday, Mar. 19 and go through Mar. 22. Preliminary events begin at 10 a.m. with finals starting at 6 p.m. each day. Live results and video will be available throughout the duration of the meet.
The Jeffs’ men’s team will send seven swimmers and two divers to Indianapolis. Leading the way for Amherst will be Connor Sholtis ’15, who has qualified in five events. Individually, the junior will compete in the 50 (21.10), 100 (44.84) and 200 yard freestyles (1:39.10). Earning a NESCAC title in the 200 free, Sholtis helped lead the Jeffs to a second place finish at the conference championship. He was also a member of the 800 free relay (6:43.91) that won a league title and has qualified for the national meet, as well as the 400 medley relay (3:19.54) that is set to compete.
Parker Moody ’14 and Jeff Anderson ’16 were also members of the 800 free relay team and will each be competing in three individual events as well. Moody, a senior captain, has qualified in the 200 free (1:41.13), 500 free (4:31.41) and 1,650 free (15:50.17). Anderson will be competing in the 100 (49.37) and 200 butterfly (1:49.33), and the 400 individual medley (3:59.99).
Also competing in four total events will be Matt Heise ’16 and Greg Han ’17. The sophomore Heise was a member of the 400 medley relay and qualified in two backstroke events, the 100 (50.30) and 200 (1:48.87). He will also compete in the 100 fly with a seed time of 50.06. Han has excelled during his first-year with the squad and has qualified for the 200 IM (1:52.06), 400 IM (4:02.03) and 200 breast (2:03.85), and will also compete in the 400 medley relay.
Senior captain Nick Egan qualified in two individual events as well as the 800 free relay. He qualified with seed times of 1:40.78 and 4:35.61 in the 200 and 500 free, respectively. Rounding out the top swimming performances for Amherst is Tyler Bulakul ’14. The senior enters the 200 fly as the eighth seed with a time of 1:49.19, and will also compete in the 100 fly (49.37) and 400 medley relay.
In diving events, Colin White ’14 and Mark Idleman ’15 both qualified in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. White, the 2014 NESCAC Champion in the 1-meter, qualified with 512.55 points, and also earned 561.35 points in the 3-meter. Idleman qualified in the 1-meter and 3-meter with points of 537.55 and 499.75, respectively.
On the women’s side, Emily Hyde ’16 leads the way with six entries. Helping the Jeffs capture a second-place finish at the NESCAC Championships, the sophomore won four crowns in the 100 breast, 200 IM, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. She enters the 200 IM as the fourth seed with a mark of 2:03.73. Hyde also enters as the eighth seed in the 100 (1:03.89) and 200 breast (2:18.11) and will compete in three relay events, the 200 MR (1:44.49), 400 MR (3:47.99) and 800 free relay (7:34.72).
Joining Hyde on the 200 medley relay team will be Sabrina Lee ’15, Ashleigh Stoddart ’16 and Sarah Conklin ’16. Lee, also set to compete in the 400 MR, qualified in two individual events. She is set to compete in the 100 (56.91) and 200 back (2:04.60). Conklin will join her on the 400 MR and qualified in three individual events, the 50 free (24.77), 100 fly (56.12) and 200 fly (2:04.05). Her time in the 200 fly is the sixth fastest heading into the meet. In addition to the 200 MR, Stoddart will also compete as a member of the 800 free relay team and will be joined by seniors Lulu Belak and Allison Merz. Belak is also a member of the 400 MR squad.
Lizzy Linsmayer ’14 qualified for both diving events. The senior, who won the conference crown in the 1-meter dive, qualified with 462.90 points at the NCAA Regional Diving Championships. She also totaled 512.80 points in the 3-meter.
2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships
Wednesday-Saturday, Mar. 19-22
IU Natatorium * Indianapolis, Ind.
Live Results * Live Video
Schedule of Events (PDF) * Ticket Information
NCAA Men's Championship Website * NCAA Women's Championship Website