February 17, 2013

Amherst Wins 2013 NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Amherst College women's swimming and diving team snapped Williams' College streak of 12-straight championships by claiming the 2013 New England Small College Athletic Conference title at Greason Pool on the campus of Bowdoin College Sunday.

The Jeffs won their first-ever NESCAC crown by maintaining their lead on Day Three, totaling 1972.5 points to outscore the rival Ephs, who scored 1909.5 points. Tufts (1017.5) finished in third place, followed by Middlebury (1006.5) in fourth and Bates (714) in fifth. Connecticut College (709.5) edged Bowdoin (707) for sixth place by 2.5 points, followed by Wesleyan (614.5) in eighth, Hamilton (594) in ninth, Colby (442) in tenth and Trinity (396) in 11th.

Sarah Thompson opened the evening session with a victory for Williams, capturing the 1650 yard freestyle in 16:56.54. Maggie Rosenbaum captured her third crown in as many days by winning the 200 backstroke in a pool-record pace of 1:59.13. Julie Pielock won her second title of the weekend by taking the 100 freestyle in 51.62.

Amherst's Emily Hyde and Sarah Conklin closed out their fantastic showings with each picking up another win late on Sunday. Hyde won the 200 breaststroke in 2:18.75 before Conklin took the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.73.

Williams' Michelle Higgins earned the three-meter diving competition with a score of 457.95 and the Ephs closed out the competition with a victory in the 400 free relay. Faye Sultan, Sarah Thompson, Kelsey Roggensack and Caroline Wilson edged Amherst for first place with a time of 3:26.23.

COMPLETE RESULTS:
http://www.collegeswimming.us/results/21442/

TEAM SCORES:
1. Amherst (1972.5)
2. Williams (1909.5)
3. Tufts (1017.5)
4. Middlebury (1006.5)
5. Bates (714)
6. Connecticut College (709.5)
7. Bowdoin (707)
8. Wesleyan (614.5)
9. Hamilton (594)
10. Colby (442)
11. Trinity (396)

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS:
1650 Freestyle - Sarah Thompson, Williams (16:56.54)
200 Backstroke - Maggie Rosenbaum, Hamilton (1:59.13)
100 Freestyle - Julie Pielock, Connecticut College (51.62)
200 Breaststroke - Emily Hyde, Amherst (2:18.75)
200 Butterfly - Sarah Conklin, Amherst (2:04.73)
Three-Meter Diving - Michelle Higgins, Williams (457.95)
400 Freestyle Relay - Williams (3:26.23)