|Colleen Doolan achieved All-Conference for the third time.|
MEDFORD – Tufts Univeristy women's swimming and diving had eight members earn New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference honors for their performances at the 2019 NESCAC Championship. Head coach Adam Hoyt also was named Co-Swimming Coach of the Year as he guided the Jumbos to second place, the program's best mark in history.
The Jumbos had sophomore Amy Socha, junior Grace Goetcheus, first-year Mary Hufziger, sophomore Abby Claus, senior Colleen Doolan, sophomore Lily Kurtz, first-year Emma Donchi, and sophomore Sasha Fong earn All-NESCAC honors as they each posted top-three finishes.
The eight Jumbos who received All-NESCAC honors marked seven more than they had a season ago and matches the total of Tufts honorees from 2013-18. Doolan is the only repeat recipient, achieving the accolade for the third time. She was also recognized for 200 butterfly finishes in 2016 and 2017.
Socha recorded the Jumbos' lone first-place finish in the 200 butterfly with her time of 2:01.83. Her finish was 0.24 seconds better than Bowdoin's Bridgitte Kwong.
The Jumbos also got five third-place finishes at the NESCAC Championships. Kurtz placed third in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. In the 100 breaststroke, Kurtz clocked a time of 1:04.56 and followed that up by posting a 2:20.57 mark in the 200 breaststroke. In the 400 medley relay, Donchi, Kurtz, Socha, and Hufziger recorded a time of 3:48.90. Goetcheus participated in the 200 individual medley and posted a time of 2:05.95. Fong earned an All-NESCAC honor with her 24.98 mark in the 50 butterfly.
In total at the NESCAC Championships, the Jumbos recorded 14 new school records and collected 19 NCAA-B cut times.
Tufts will participate in the NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C. beginning March 20. The brown and blue had 10 members qualify for the national meet.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello