Men's and Women's Swim Teams Compete in Championship Meet
Issue   |   Tue, 03/22/2016 - 23:15

Last week, nine women and two men traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina, for the NCAA swimming championships. On the men’s side, Amherst placed 28th overall in the 57-team field with a total of 31 points. The women finished second among NESCAC teams and sixth overall with a final tally of 158 points.

Matt Heise ’16 placed 24th out of 40 in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 50.08. Jeff Anderson ’16 finished an impressive four-year career in the butterfly by finishing as a new school record holder and the national runner-up in the 200-yard butterfly with a mark of 1:47.60. Anderson earned All-American laurels for his efforts.

On the women’s side, the 200-yard medley relay squad of Stephanie Moriarty ’18, Emily Hyde ’16, Sarah Conklin ’16 and Destin Groff ’17 earned a seventh-place finish (1:43.57). Bridgette Kwong ’19 also earned seventh place in the 400-yard IM (4:27.00), and Conklin garnered fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (55.25).

The 400-yard medley team of Moriarty, Hyde, Conklin and Zoe Pappas ’19 finished sixth with a mark of 3:46.22. Each of these finishes earned All-American honors, as each team or individual finished among the top eight.

Though all the finishes were impressive, Hyde certainly dominated the pool this past week. With a national championship performance in the 200-yard IM (2:01.15), a national runner-up finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.64) and a NCAA meet record-breaking time in the 200-yard breaststroke of 2:12.30, Hyde was rightfully awarded her third All-American honor over the course of four NCAA appearances.

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