Athletics

Women's Team

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This November marks the beginning of the 35th season for the Amherst College women’s swimming and diving program. The Lord Jeffs have posted a 231-84-2 dual meet record since their inaugural 1977-78 campaign and have become one of the elite programs in all of Division III.

Head coach Nick Nichols has led Amherst to a 106-12 record in his 13 seasons, including a 37-3 mark in the past five years. The Lord Jeffs have finished as the runner-up at the NESCAC Championship in six of the past 10 years, also earning a top-10 finish at Nationals in each of the past nine seasons.

Amherst earned its first top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships in 1997 and has not looked back since. The Jeffs placed in the top-5 for the first time in program history in 2005, following up by finishing fourth in 2006 before grabbing the runner-up spot in 2007. Amherst again earned the runner-up position in 2008 with a program-record 341 points thanks to eight individual NCAA titles.

Amherst has won 25 individual NCAA Championship titles since 2000, earning at least two in each of the past seven years. Notably, Brittany Sasser ’08 was a perfect 8-0 in backstroke races at the national meet, while Kendra Stern ’11 won 10 NCAA titles in freestyle races. The Lord Jeffs have produced outstanding relay teams year in and year out, accounting for five national championships since 2006.