Eleven members of the women’s swim and dive team, along with one member of the men’s swim team, traveled to the Indiana University Natatorium over spring break to compete in the 2022 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship meet. The event took place over four days, beginning on March 16 and concluding on March 19. The women’s team finished 12th overall at the national championship, punctuated by 13 All-America honors, including four first-team finishes.
The top eight competitors in each event are awarded first-team honors, and the next eight earn second-team distinctions.
Jessica Gordon ’23, who finished with four total All-America finishes, earned first-team honors in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:51.96, good for fourth in the nation. She also placed 11th overall in the 200-yard freestyle, earning second-team honors. Gordon then joined forces with Jennifer Adams ’25, Lauren Eng ’24, and Megan Lee ’25 for the 800-yard freestyle relay, in which they placed seventh to pick up yet another first-team accolade. Marie Fagan ’22 took Lee’s spot in the 400-yard freestyle relay, and the team placed 15th overall, receiving second-team honors.
This was just one of Fagan’s four second-team finishes, as she placed ninth in both the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard butterfly, and teamed up with Eng, Allison LaCroix ’25, and Cora Spelke ’25 to finish 12th in the 400-yard medley relay. Fagan’s time of 2:00.48 in the 200-yard butterfly is a new Amherst school record.
Three other Mammoth swimmers also received second-team honors for their respective events. LaCroix finished 13th in the 200-yard breaststroke, Lee finished 13th in the 1650-yard freestyle, and Adams finished 16th in the 500-yard freestyle.
On the diving front, Hannah Karlin ’22 and Sydney Bluestein ’25 each earned first-team All-America honors in the one-meter diving competition. Karlin placed fourth with a score of 433.05, and Bluestein wasn’t far behind with her score of 418.60. Karlin also received a second-team accolade on the three-meter board, finishing 12th in the nation with a score of 431.20.
Scott Romeyn ’22, the lone Mammoth from the men’s team to compete at nationals, finished 17th in the men’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 44.60.
These strong performances by the water-dwelling Mammoths cap off an outstanding overall season. While the team will lose stalwarts in Fagan and Karlin, the phenomenal performances from underclassmen all season are an indication that the future is bright.