Jeffs Surge Past Union, 172-105
Contact: Ben Badua
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Winning all but four events, the Amherst women’s swimming and diving team cruised to a 172-105 victory over Union College in its 2013-14 season opener.
Amhest’s 200-yard medley relay team of Sabrina Lee ’15, Emily Hyde ’16, Sarah Conklin ’16 and Ashleigh Stoddart ’15 got things started with a time of 1:52.06, finishing over five seconds ahead of Union’s third-place relay team. The Jeffs kept things rolling in the 1000-yard freestyle, with Charlotte Chudy ’16 and Audrey Ingerson ’14 taking the top two spots with times of 10:46.74 and 10:57.53, respectively.
The Purple & White claimed three of the top five slots in the 200-free, led by Steph Ternullo ’15, who clocked in at 1:56.52. Lee edged out Union’s Christina Belforti ’17 in a closely contested 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall less than two-tenths of a second in front of her Dutchwomen counterpart with a time of 1:01.44.
Abby Hahn ’14 led the way for Amherst in the 100-yard breaststroke, taking the event with a time of 1:10.58. Conklin was nearly two seconds faster than Union’s Brittany Kenny ’16 in the 200-yard butterfly, posting a time of 2:12.30 for another Jeff victory, while Lulu Belak ’14 and Stoddart were separated by just eight hundredths of a second in a one-two Amherst finish in the 50-yard free.
The Dutchwomen’s Sarah Dimmitt ’16 secured nine points for Union with the top showing in the 1-meter dive (193.27), while Belak notched another win with a time of 54.23 in the 100-yard free. Belforti came away with one of the home team’s victories thanks to a time of 2:13.09 in the 200-back, besting Amherst’s Sky Deardorff ’17, who clocked in at 2:14.73.
Hyde got Amherst back on track with the top time in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.17), while Union’s Anne Trojanowski ’15 was nearly three seconds faster than her closest competitor in the 500-free with a time of 5:25.19. Conklin was once again triumphant in the 100-butterfly with a time of 59.31, while Dimmitt ensured a Dutchwomen sweep in the diving events with a score of 213.75 in the three-meter.
Lee took the 200-IM with a time of 2:14.97, while Amherst’s 400-free relay team of Deardorff, Ingerson, Chudy and Allison Merz ’14 ended the Jeffs’ meet on a high note with a winning time of 3:49.72.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Colby.