Women’s Swimming & Diving Compiles Impressive All-Around Performance at NESCAC Championships

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Freshman Grace Goetcheus placed 10th overall and posted a program-record time of 2:04.84 during the preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke on Sunday morning at the NESCAC Championships, as the freshman star shattered three program records on the individual side during the three-day tournament at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. 

Kelsey Gallagher clocked a 2:09.86 in the final of the 200 back on Sunday.

The Jumbos' finished the conference championship with 700.5 team points, which was good for eighth overall out of the 11 NESCAC teams. The squad held a commanding 312.5-point advantage over ninth-place Hamilton College (388), while only sitting 50.5 points behind seventh-place Wesleyan University (751). Williams College finished first overall with 1,856 points, while Amherst College (1,367 points) and Connecticut College (1,268.5 points) checked in at the No. 2 and 3 slots, respectively. 

Sophomore Colleen Doolan and senior captain Amanda Gottschalk, who represented the Jumbos at the NCAA Division III Championships last March, finished their remarkable weekends off in style, as the two swimmers boasted third-place honors during the championship finals of the 200 butterfly (2:03.86, 27 points) and the 200 breaststroke (2:19.24, 27 points), respectively, on Sunday. Gottschalk shaved 1.08 seconds off her preliminary-round time, while Doolan saw a 1.03-second improvement over her preliminary-round performance.

"The women had a great meet," head coach Adam Hoyt said. "It is a long weekend of racing, and the women stayed focused and fought for every swim and dive with many improvements coming during finals, which was great to see."

Gottschalk, who was named to the All-NESCAC team last season, competed in the championship final of three individual events, finishing in the top-seven overall in all of them, including grabbing fifth-place recognition with a program-best time of 4:28.66 (25 points) during the 400 individual medley on Saturday evening. The Lake Forest, Illinois, native also was the seventh swimmer to touch the wall in the 200 IM (23 points) on Friday evening.

Doolan, who was also named to the All-NESCAC team last season, represented the Jumbos in the finals of three individual events, including earning 11th-place honors in the 100 butterfly (57.74, 16 points) on Saturday night. 

Goetcheus was on a mission all weekend, shattering a pair of program records in individual events on Friday, which occurred in the final of the 200 IM (2:06.75) and the 100 backstroke (57.43) during the final of the 400 medley relay. 

Goetcheus, Gottschalk, Doolan and senior captain Sophia Lin also leaped into the Jumbos' record book, clocking a program-record time of 3:53.79 in the final of the 400 medley relay on Friday, as the unit placed eighth overall and garnered 44 points. 

Senior diver Kylie Reiman registered an impressive performance in the 3-meter diving event on Sunday, claiming third-place accolades with a mark of 439.90 in the preliminaries, and then posting a mark of 374.10 in the championship final and collecting 22 points. The fourth-year collegiate athlete also collected sixth-place honors in preliminaries of the 1-meter diving event (386.25) and seventh-place recognition in the championship final of the event (394.15, 23 points) on Friday. 

The Jumbos' imprints were all over the results in the final of the 200 breaststroke on Sunday, featuring noteworthy contributions by junior Anna Kimura (11th, 2:23.62), junior Meghan Casey (17th, 2:26.25), senior captain Sarah Elghor (2:28.80) and freshman Katherine Brown (2:30.12). 

Goetcheus finished 10th overall in the final of the 200 backstroke (2:05.11, 17 points), as freshman Hannah Truslow (17th, 2:08.29) and junior Kelsey Gallagher (2:09.86) compiled impressive performances in the pre-consolation final of the event. Lin (53.63 in the 100 freestyle), sophomore Christiana Hug (18:36.48 in 1,650 freestyle) and sophomore Ailish Dougherty (18:42.59 in 1,650 freestyle) posted impressive performances in the finals of their respective events during third-day action.

Lin, Doolan, junior Jess Lee and sophomore Sydney Nasson tallied a time of 3:34.85 in the final of the 400 freestyle relay, putting an exclamation point on the tournament with a ninth-place finish and 42 points. 

Next on the agenda for the Jumbos will be the February Invitational on Sunday (Feb. 19) at Wesleyan in Middletown, Connecticut.  

Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern

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