Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Falls to Williams
Issue   |   Tue, 01/27/2015 - 20:48
David Nam
Asher Lichtig claimed victory in the one-meter.

Amherst men’s and women’s swim and dive both traveled to Williams on Jan. 10. Unfortunately, neither team could pull out a win. The losses drop the men to 4-1 and the women to 3-2 on their seasons.

The men suffered a hard 156-78 loss against their archrivals. Amherst’s lone diver Asher Lichtig ’16 won the 1-meter with a score of 312.67 and earned second place in the 3-meter with a 285.00. Senior captain Connor Sholtis finished first and second for the Jeffs in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles respectively.

Greg Han ’17 had second place finishes in both the 200 individual medley and the 200 breast stroke while Connor Haley ’17 and Michael Rochford ’15 each tacked on another second-place finish in the 1000-freestyle and the 200-backstroke.

Amherst’s Jeff Anderson ’16, Sam Spurrell ’18, and John Janezich took second, third and fourth in the 200 fly. The Jeffs ended on a high note with the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Tyler Hampton ’15, Alex Dreiscbach ’17, Anderson, and Sholtis earning the win.

“While the score of the William's meet wasn't as close as we had hoped, it's important for us as a team to remember that we still had some really good swims,” Sholtis said. “Coming back from a break and having two weeks of really hard practice makes it difficult to drop decent times. With that, it's promising that we swam as well as we did and we are looking forward to some strong NESCAC performances.”

On the women’s side, junior Emily Hyde had two solo wins, but the purple and white eventually fell to the Ephs 216-72. Hyde’s two wins were the only of the day for the Jeffs and came in the form of the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. The junior then backed up her wins with a third-place finish in the 200 IM and a second-place in the 200-medley relay. Her relay teammates included Stephanie Moriarty ’18, Sarah Conklin ’16 and Sabrina Lee ’15.

Conklin also took second in the 100 and 200 fly and in the 400 free relay. Lee joined Conklin on the 400 free relay squad and earned a third-place finish in the 100 free. Others to make the podium for the Jeffs included junior Charlotte Chudy’s second-place finish in the 1,000 free, senior Stephanie Ternullo’s third-place finish in the 200 free, and first-year Geralyn Lam’s third-place finish in the 200 fly.

Both the men and the women will travel to MIT on Saturday, Jan. 31 for an 11:00 a.m. meet.