No. 6 Amherst ends No. 4 Williams' win streak, takes first NESCAC crown
BRUNWSICK, Maine -- Emily Hyde capped off the weekend with a record-breaking performance in the 200-yard breaststroke to help lead No. 6 Amherst to its first NESCAC championship.
The conference runner-up the past four seasons, the Jeffs finally broke through with a program-best 1,972.5 points. Over the course of three days, Amherst accounted for victories in eight individual events and three relays, setting eight program records in the process.
Having won all 12 league titles prior to this season, No. 4 Williams settled for second with 1,909.5 points, followed by Tufts (1,017.5), Middlebury (1,006.5) and Bates (714) in the top five. Connecticut College came in sixth (709.5), with Bowdoin (707) and Wesleyan (614.5) in seventh and eighth. Hamilton (594), Colby (442) and Trinity (396) rounded out the field of 11.
A member of the Jeffs’ first-place 200 and 400 medley relays, Hyde picked up her second individual title with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 2:18.75 in the 200 breast. Courtney Flynn, Abby Hahn and Catherine Maguire followed suit, coming in second (2:22.85), third (2:22.98) and seventh (2:25.91), respectively.
Also putting together a strong showing in the 1,650 free, Amherst placed four swimmers in the top eight, led by Charlotte Chudy, who finished second with a program-record time of 17:07.44. Steph Ternullo came in third (17:11.05), while Audrey Ingerson and Anna Pietrantonio placed fifth (17:26.62) and seventh (17:27.92).
Sarah Conklin won the 200 fly with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 2:04.73, while teammate Nicole Heise also factored into the scoring with an eighth-place showing (2:08.33). Emily Swett, Aline Kim and Maddy Sprung-Keyser all posted ‘B’ cut times in the 200 back, coming in third (2:02.84), fourth (2:04.88) and sixth (2:06.55), while Katie Vincett recorded the second-fastest time in the 100 free (51.88). Ashleigh Stoddart and Lulu Belak also had strong swims, combining for 46 points by taking sixth (52.54) and eighth (52.95).
Belak joined Hyde, Ternullo and Vincett on Amherst’s second-place 400 free relay (3:26.78), while Lizzy Linsmayer narrowly missed out on a second individual victory, finishing as the runner-up in the 3-meter dive with a ‘B’ cut score of 455.90. With a school record 478.45 in the 1-meter event on the first day of competition, Linsmayer was named the Diver of the Meet, while Jesse Maple was tabbed the Diving Coach of the Meet.
Guiding the Jeffs to their first NESCAC crown, Nick Nichols garnered Coach of the Meet honors, while Conklin earned Rookie of the Meet recognition after participating on a pair of winning relays and setting new program benchmarks in the 50 and 100 yard butterfly.