Less than two weeks after competing in the NCAA Championships, senior Kendra Stern, Div. III National Swimmer of the Year, qualified for the Olympic Trials. Early next summer, Stern will compete in three events in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympic games.

The baseball team had another successful series last weekend, sweeping three games from Hamilton in a relatively lopsided fashion.

With the return of dynamic forward Jae Heo ’14 after a two-year hiatus, the men’s soccer team appears primed for a NESCAC title run this season. The addition of Heo, plus a talented returning core from last season, should make Amherst one of the teams to beat in the conference.

After a close bid for the NESCAC title last season, the women’s soccer team is hoping this will be their year. Senior captain Allison Dorey explained that “last season, our hard work did not translate to the results which we wanted. Although we made it to the NESCAC finals and had impressive wins throughout the season,” she continued, “we are looking to do better this year.”

The third time was the charm for the men’s tennis team, as the Jeffs captured their first NCAA title with a convincing 5-2 victory over Emory Univ. in the national finals this May after runner-up finishes in both 2009 and 2010.

The win over Emory capped a remarkable, record-breaking season for the Jeffs. Earlier in the spring, Amherst won its first NESCAC title since 1992, going undefeated against conference opponents. The Jeffs completed the season with a 38-1 record, with the only loss coming against No. 2 Claremont during the team’s California spring break trip in March.

Bolstered by a strong returning core, the field hockey team is looking to contend for its first-ever NESCAC title this season. The Jeffs, ranked 14th in the national preseason poll, bring back all three of their All-Region selections, and will look to build off last season’s 12-4 record.

The field hockey program has improved its record every year since 2005; after posting a 5-9 mark (.357) that year, the Jeffs have gone 8-8 (.500), 8-7 (.533), 10-5 (.667), 12-5 (.706) and 12-4 (.750) last year.

After a strong regular season last year, the volleyball team comes back this fall primed to translate their impressive record to postseason success. Eclipsing the achievements of last year’s squad will prove a tall order.

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