Brittany Sasser, Amherst College

Brittany Sasser was recognized by The Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program last winter, as she was once again named one of 11 nominees for the Division III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year honor. Sasser’s accomplishments during her senior season certainly warranted her candidacy, as she helped lead the Amherst women’s swim team to an 8-0 dual meet record and national runner-up showing for the second consecutive year.

As an Anthropology major and active member of the Sabrinas, Amherst’s all-female a capella group, Sasser earned Swimmer of the Meet honors at the 2007 NESCAC Championships and the Four Year High-Point Swimmer at this year’s championship meet. She picked up seven All-NESCAC honors this year, which included a first-place finish in the 200-yard Individual Medley (new NESCAC meet record and pool record) and three first-place finishes in team relay events. Sasser also won the 100- and 200-yard Backstroke events with new pool-record times.

As if dominating her conference was not enough, Sasser followed up by earning Swimmer of the Meet honors at the National Championships for the second straight year, leading Amherst to a second-place overall finish once again. Over the course of the weekend, the Lord Jeffs were national champions in six of the 13 events they competed in. Sasser won the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes with national record times (breaking the records she set at the 2007 championships) and contributed to national records in the 400- and 800-yard Freestyle Relay (breaking the records Amherst set last year). She was also part of Amherst’s 400-yard Medley Relay team that finished with a time of 3:46.87 to take home another title.

Sasser's dominating performances at the national championships capped off her undefeated career in the backstroke events. In her four years at Amherst, she never let anyone touch the wall before her in any backstroke event at any dual meet or championship, thus exemplifying the word dominance.