AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Twelve members of the Amherst College men's and women's swimming and diving teams earned All-America honors at the NCAA Division III National Championships, held at St. Peter's Rec-Plex in St. Peter's, Missouri. Six men and six women brought home a total of 14 certificates as eight competitors repeated as All-Americans.
Junior diver Matt Smith (North Bridgton, ME) claimed 4th place on both the 1-meter and 3-meter to earn his second-straight All-America honors on both boards. After scoring 437.60 on the 1-meter, Smith was less than one point away with a 472.55 score from claiming 3rd and breaking his record from last year. Smith had finished 5th and 7th, respectively, as a sophomore and made his third appearance at the National Championships. The junior had been undefeated on the 3-meter during the regular season against Division III competition.
Pat Lahey (Northfield, IL) helped lead the Jeffs to a 19th place team finish (52 points) on two relays and in a pair of individual events. The sophomore edged out his own college record in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:06.57 finish for 9th place, and he claimed 14th in the 100 breaststroke with a :58.81 touch. Lahey teamed up with senior co-captain James Ross (Hopkinsville, KY) and juniors Flori Fischetti (Potomac, MD) and Brian Porter (Farmington, CT) for a 16th place finish in 1:27.84 in the 200 freestyle relay, and Ross, Lahey, Fischetti and sophomore Adam Kerstien (Aurora, CO) claimed 13th in the 400 medley relay with a 3:32.36 finish.
The women finished as the 7th-best team in the nation (125 points) behind six swimmers powering four relays to top-10 finishes. Junior Sarah Lukaska (Edina, MN) contributed to all four relays, including the team of Stacie Botsford (Timonium, MD), Kerry Weeks (Longmeadow, MA) and Katherine Poulin (St. Davids, PA) that placed 6th in the 200 medley with a 1:50.20 finish. The foursome had kicked off Nationals by claiming 7th in the 200 free relay with a 1:39.07 finish before Botsford, Weeks and Lukaska closed out the first day of competition with the help of rookie Tiffany Johnston (Centerville, MA) in a 4:01.49 clocking in the 400 medley relay for 7th place. Lukaska, Johnston, Poulin and Sarah Moran (Bristol, TN) finished the 800 free relay in 7:58.65 for 10th place as only the third Amherst team ever to break the 8-minute mark in the event.
Senior Weeks led the team with three individual events as she closes out her career as an 18-time All-American. The co-captain shattered her own record in the 200 individual medley with a 2:09.70 finish for 9th place, and she claimed 11th and 9th in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, respectively, in 1:00.43 and 2:09.07. After a spectacular four-year career, Weeks will graduate as a part of nine college records and five Pratt Pool records, while also leading four relay teams to top-8 finishes and another five to top-16 touches. Weeks has also earned All-American honors in three individual events and Honorable Mention in six others, including three this season.
Botsford also made a splash in the 100 backstroke, claiming 6th place in a 1:00.09 finish.
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