In past National & NESCAC Championships KStern has swam on morning relays, now she sits out a relay or two (which we don’t know the reason why) and you have more respect for for Todhunter, Wilson, Barito…..give me a break. Over her four years the girl has given her heart and soul to the Amherst program. Sounds like bitterness to me..
Not bitterness at all, just tremendous respect for those who swim their hearts out on relays as well as in their individual events. Additionally, what do we have to be bitter about. Our swimmers swam on all the relays possible and deserve accolades. This is merely a discussion of what should be included in the SWM / MVP award. My feeling is that relays are an important component of the Swimmer of the Meet. It’s not whether you win (you cannot control the depth of your team), but whether you as a swimmer could have impacted the team performance by swimming them. It is a tribute to her greatness that she most definitely would have had a great impact on the finish of Amherst relays and team standing. If your coach rolled the dice (not her decision) once, you would have thought he wouldn’t roll them again to the team detriment, which is why I get the feeling she had input into the decision. Of course we will never know, but some Amherst parents (or swimmers) seem to agree with me.