Amherst's Ruderman Completes Diving Sweep on Day 3 at the NCAAs

Amherst's Lindsey Ruderman won on the 1-meter board to complete the sweep of the diving events at the NCAA Championships.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four NESCAC teams remain in the Top-10 in the team standings following the third day of competition at the 2019 NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.


In the women's standings, Williams leads the NESCAC with 245 points for fourth place. Amherst is eighth (113 points) and is followed by Bowdoin in 11th (84 points), and Tufts in 13th place (76 points). Connecticut College (17th - 54 points), Bates (18th - 49.5 points), and Wesleyan (22nd - 30 points) round out the teams from the league.

The Ephs stand in seventh with 122 points in the men's standings. Tufts has 102 points for ninth place and Amherst and Bowdoin are 11th and 23rd, with 96 and 19 points, respectively.

Amherst sophomore Lindsey Ruderman's sweep on the diving board highlighted the third day at the NCAA Championships. Ruderman posted 493.75 points to win on the 1-meter board to go along with her first-place finish on the 3-meter board earlier in the week. Senior teammate Jacqueline Palermo finished seventh with 429.05 as both divers earned All-America honors.

NYU junior Honroe Collins held off a challenge from Bowdoin senior Sterling Dixon to secure her third individual title in a final time of 2:00.40 in the women's 200 butterfly to open the evening session on Day 3. Dixon finished as the runner-up with a time of 2:01.23, while Williams sophomore Molly Craig took third and Tufts sophomore Amy Socha finished fourth. Craig and Socha touched the wall in 2:02.01 and 2:02.25, respectively. All three NESCAC swimmers earned All-America recognition. Williams junior Veronica Wolff added a 15th place finish (2:04.71).

Williams junior Lucca Delcopmare represented the NESCAC in the men's 200 butterfly championship final and picked up an All-America citation with a fifth-place finish and time of 1:47.73. Washington University's Brandon Lum claimed first with a time of 1:45.48. In the consolation final Williams sophomore David Pearcy clocked in at 1:48.96 to finish 11th.

Wesleyan sophomore Caroline Murphy placed third in the women's 100 backstroke (55.48) in the championship final and garnered All-America honors. Kenyon's Crile Hart, last year's NCAA Swimmer of the Year, defended her title taking first place in a time of 53.81. Connecticut College senior Maeve Wilber finished 10th overall with a time of 56.06.

In the men's 100 Tufts senior Kingsley Bowen was the lone qualifier in the event in the evening session and finished 15th with a time of 49.62.

In the 100 breaststroke, Williams junior Caroline White earned All-America honors posting a time of 1:02.32 for seventh place. Denison's KT Kustritz won the race with a time of 1:00.60. Amherst sophomore Nina Fitzgerald was 12th (1:03.57) and Tufts sophomore Lily Kurtz finished 15th (1:04.58.)

Amherst junior Sean Mebust finished 15th in the men's 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 55.55 to represent the NESCAC.

The Ephs led seven NESCAC teams in the women's 800 freestyle relay. The Williams sophomore quartet of Casey Delano, Molly Craig, Gwyneth Maloy, and Laura Westphal combined for a time of 7:18.60 to take second place. Kenyon took the top spot on the podium with a time of 7:17.43.

The Connecticut College team of first-year Vaughn Ammon, sophomores Madison Ford and Andrea Higgins, and senior Olivia Haskell posted a fifth-place finish with a time of 7:26.25. The Amherst relay of seniors Livia Domenig and Bridgitte Kwong, along with juniors Sarah McDonald and Natalie Rumplet led the Mammoths to an eighth-place finish with a time of 7:29.65. All three teams earned All-America honors. The Bates team of first-year Maya Reynoso-Williams, sophomore Erin Bucki, senior Lucy Faust, and first-year Caroline Sweeney earned Honorable Mention All-America honors finishing 16th with a time of 7:36.99.

In the men's 800 freestyle relay Denison captured first with a time of 6:30.57. The Williams squad of junior Lucca Delcomapre, sophomore Henry Marquardt, senior Curtis Maher, and sophomore James Lovette combined for a time of 6:37.01 to take fifth. Amherst's relay of junior Eric Wong, sophomores Ang Li and Tristian So, and senior Charles Seltzer placed eighth with a time of 6:40.32. Both teams earned All-America honors. The Tufts and Bowdoin relay teams earned Honorable Mention All-America honors. The Jumbos' squad of senior Noah Cagley, first-year Victor Vollbrechthausen, sophomores John Koster and Tyler Tatro combined for a time of 6:45.36. The Bowdoin foursome of senior Karl Sarier, junior Andrew MacDonald, first-year Theodore Mebust, and junior Julian Abaldo finished in a time of 6:47.99.

Saturday marks the final day of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Preliminary races begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by championship races at 6 p.m.