Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Hosts Middlebury
Issue   |   Wed, 12/09/2015 - 00:33

Men
The Amherst men’s swimming & diving team won its matchup against NESCAC rival Middlebury by a score of 173.5-111.5 last Saturday. Hosting their first meet of the year, Amherst won 12 total events en route to their third straight win of the season.

The hosts started brightly in their first event, the 200-yard medley, where the foursome of Matt Heise ’16, Elijah Spiro ’18, Kaison Ifill ’19 and Alex Dreisbach ’17 won the event in a time of 1:34.83.

The purple and white swept the podium in the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly and 100-yard butterfly, which Heise, Spiro, Jeff Anderson ’16 and Ifill won with times of 52.51, 58.57, 1:53.10 and 51.48, respectively.
Ifill and Dreisbach then finished first and second in the 50-yard freestyle. Ifill won with a time of 21.12 while Dreisbach followed closely behind at 21.82.

Connor Haley ’17 tied for first in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:54.51, while Dreisbach collected his second individual victory in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 48.40.

Heise blew out the field in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing eight seconds ahead of the second place swimmer with a time of 1:54.76.

Chris Quinones ’19 won the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.62). Greg Han ’17 finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:08.52.

In the diving events, Asher Lichtig ’16 earned nine points in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events with scores of 253.88 and 246.23.

Amherst returns to action in the new year when they travel to Union College for a meet on Saturday, Jan. 2.

Women
The Amherst College women’s swimming & diving team defeated NESCAC rival Middlebury 177.5-111.5 in its home opener on Saturday. With the win, Amherst improves to 3-0 on the season.

In the 200-yard medley relay, the Amherst team of Stephanie Moriarty ’18, Emily Hyde ’16, Sarah Conklin ’16 and Zoe Pappas ’19 claimed first with a time of 1:47.24.

In the individual events, the purple and white swept in two events. Hyde won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.67, while Hannah Hummel ’16 and Victoria Chao ’18 claimed second and third place, respectively. Katie Smith ’19 claimed the 50-yard freestyle with a mark of 24.87, followed by Pappas and Destin Groff ’17.

Charlotte Chudy ’16 finished first in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:50.89, while Marie Maxwell ’18 followed in second with a mark of 10:59.04.

Amherst also claimed the top two spots in the 100-yard backstroke. Moriarty won with a time of 1:00.03, and Bridgitte Kwong ’19 finished in 1:00.68 to claim second.

Conklin claimed first place in the 100-yard and 200-yard with marks of 57.27 and 2:10.28, while Geralyn Lam ’18 finished second in both events with times of 59.75 and 2:12.21. Dorit Song ’19 and Pappas also finished one-two in the 100-yard freestyle with marks of 53.90 and 53.95.

Jackie Palermo ’19 recorded a score of 209.55 in 1-meter diving to earn nine points. Kwong won the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:06.93, and Moriarty finished second (2:08.01).

Livia Domenig ’19 claimed the 500-yard freestyle (5:14.43), while Chudy placed second with a mark of 5:17.35. Hyde won the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 2:24.68.

Amherst returns to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 2, when they travel to Union College for their first meet of the new year.

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