Sam Pierce, Women's Swimming, Connecticut College
A two-sport standout in aquatics and leader for the Camel athletic program, Sam Pierce enjoyed a senior season most would only dream of.
At the 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in March, Pierce paved the way to the Camels’ 15th place finish and program-record 74 points. Pierce turned in three All-America performances: placing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle, fifth in the 200-yard individual medley and swam the third leg for the 800-yard freestyle relay team that finished eighth in the country. She garnered honorable mention All-America honors in the 100-yard freestyle as well as the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay events.
From 2014-16, Pierce posted 10 All-America swims for the Camels. At the 2016 NESCAC Championship, Pierce earned All-Conference recognition in five different events and was second in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle. Over the course of her career, Pierce posted 11 different All-NESCAC swims for Connecticut College.
Pierce was also a terrific water polo player with the ability to score from just about anywhere she had daylight in the pool. Her return to the team seemed to galvanize the Camels as they made their push to win their fourth consecutive CWPA Division III Crown in the spring of 2016. Pierce scored 17 goals down the stretch. In the championship match against Washington & Jefferson, Pierce exploded with five goals as the Camels erased a 6-4 second quarter deficit in a 13-9 triumph against Washington & Jefferson College. Pierce was honored for her efforts on the CWPA Division III All-Tournament Team.
At the conclusion of her senior year, Pierce was recognized with the Anita L. DeFrantz Award. The Award was established in 1995 by Kathryn Smith ’84. It is given annually to the male and female members of the graduating class whose athletic ability, leadership and sportsmanship best exemplify the qualities of Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz ’74.
Pierce was named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team in each of her three years of eligibility. She received her degree in behavioral neuroscience with a minor in theatre.