Athletics

Men's Team

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This November marks the beginning of the 102nd season of the Amherst College men’s swimming and diving program. The Lord Jeffs have amassed a 652-276-1 record since the inaugural 1908-09 season, including an impressive 96-16 mark since current head coach Nick Nichols took the helm in 1998. Amherst has recorded eight undefeated dual meet seasons, three of which have come during Nichols’ tenure (2003, 2004, 2011).

Amherst has consistently been one of the premier teams in the NESCAC, with the past three years marking one of the most successful stretches in program history. In 2009 the Jeffs used a thrilling victory at Williams to claim their first Little Three title since 2004, and in 2010 they earned a program-record 217 points at the NCAA Championship for their second consecutive fifth-place finish. In 2011 Amherst finished with a perfect 8-0 record and claimed another Little Three crown, finishing second at the NESCAC meet with a program-best 1,614.5 points.  

The Lord Jeffs have accounted for 18 national titles in NCAA Championship history, nine of which have come with Nichols at the helm. Amherst has claimed at least one NCAA title in each of the past four years, notably taking home three championship trophies during the record-breaking 2009-10 season.

Among the most legendary figures in Amherst swimming lore is that of Henry “Hank” Dunbar. A 1944 graduate of Amherst, Dunbar held the head coaching job from 1954 to 1993, during which time he accumulated 256 wins and recorded the team’s then-highest finish at NCAAs, taking sixth place in 1970. In addition to his coaching position, Dunbar was a Professor of Physical Education and held many national leadership positions in the world of American swimming.