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      When it’s all said and done at the end of the season, Amherst’s women may have one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.

      Kendra Stern (Albuquerque, N.M.) unites with her sister, sophomore Meaghan, with her commitment to the Lord Jeffs’ swim team. Stern is one of the top Division III recruits in the nation with times that would have put her in the top five at the 2007 NCAA Championships in the 200 freestyle (1:51.5) and the 100 freestyle (51.2).

      Andrea Jensen (Burnsville, Minn.) should be an NCAA qualifier in both her 200 IM (2:09) and her 400 IM (4:36). Jensen also swims breaststroke as well.

      Erin Kennedy (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) is a sprint specialist who will likely battle for a spot on the Amherst 400 freestyle relay. She swam a 59 low 100 butterfly and split a 53 low in her 100 freestyle.

      Meggie Meisinger (St. Louis, Mo.) stands as the only incoming freshman diver coming to Amherst. Head coach Nick Nichols said that Meisinger has been getting more tower experience that will help her on her three-meter dives.

      Brooke Bennett (Acadia, Calif.) adds depth to the butterfly corps with a sub-minute 100 butterfly. Bennett also swims the 50 freestyle (25).

      Morgan Toy (Cerritos, Calif.) deepens the sprint talent pool. Toy has clocked a 25 in her 50 freestyle and a 55 in her 100 freestyle.

      Louisa Zuo (Palo Alta, Calif.) looks to contribute next year as both a butterflier and a backstroker.


      The Williams Ephs look to continue its success on the national stage with an incoming class of seven swimmers and one diver. Williams placed sixth overall in the team standings at the 2007 NCAA Division III Championships.

      Nancy McInerney (Winnetka, Ill.) and Becca Tyson (Hinsdale, Ill.) join the team with expertise in butterfly. McInerney posted a time of 59.97 in the 100 butterfly at the Evanston (Twp.) Sectional Meet while Tyson posted a 1:00.14 time at last season’s Illinois High School Championships.

      Olivia Card-Childers (Houston, Texas) comes in as a sprint freestyle swimmer. Card-Childers swam a 2:00.72 in the 200 freestyle at the 2007 Eastern Independent Schools Championships and entered the meet with a seed time of 54.82 in the 100 freestyle. Card-Childers also split a 24.56 in her 50 freestyle in the 200 freestyle relay.

      Jillian Hancock (Danville, Pa.) swims both butterfly and sprint freestyle. Hancock has swum times of 24.24 in the 50 freestyle, 53.23 in the 100 freestyle, 59.37 in the 100 butterfly and 2:12.00 in the 200 butterfly.

      Taylor Stevens (Atlanta, Ga.) is the only incoming diver in Williams’ Class of 2011. Stevens placed seventh at the Metro Atlanta Championships with a score of 344.90.

      Ryan McChesney (Atlanta, Ga.) joins Williams as one of the best middle-distance freestylers on the team. McChesney posted a 1:56.99 in the 200 freestyle at the Georgia 1-4A Championships.

      Ellen Ramsey (Belmont, Mass.) comes in as an extremely versatile swimmer. Ramsey swims a variety of events, including the 200 freestyle (1:55.11), the 200 backstroke (2:08.52), the 200 breaststroke (2:27.02), the 200 IM (2:10.05) and the 400 IM (4:33.39).

      Sara Davidson (Lafayette, Calif.) will come in primarily as a backstroker and a butterflier.

      The Amherst women should be stronger next year, but did they pick up enough depth to beat Williams at NESCACs? Another diver will help in their dual meets. Kendra Stern will give Amherst’s national team a real boost. I wonder if Andrea Jensen is a decent breaststroker. Amherst needs help in this stroke.

      Williams picked up several strong swimmers. Ellen Ramsey appears to be the most likely to make a big difference for the Ephs in the 200 breast and IM events? Jillian Hancock should also add to the sprint freestyle talent that Coach Kuster has accumulated over the past couple of years.

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      Jensen’s breaststroke is better than Amherst has now, but still not great. 1:11 and 2:28. On a side note, she hasn’t touched any of those times (100, 200 breast and 200, 400 IM) since at least winter 2005. Can Nichols make her a player?

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      Looking at the lineup, here’s how I see the match-up for January:

      50: toss up – Williams lost McCarthy, but Card-Childers has some speed. The times she’s listed at were from this year’s Easterns. Look on Lawrenceville’s website and you’ll see she’s been a bit faster, maybe enough to top Marvel.

      100: Amherst – Whether they use Meghan or Kendra Stern, they have it.

      200: Amherst – Amherst will probably 1-2 this by using Kendra in the 100 and 200 and Meghan in the 200 and 500.

      500: Amherst – Meghan Stern still remains the only returning NESCAC girl under 5:00 in the 500. Her in-season times are just as solid, so this should be easy unless Metcalf, Molen, or McChesney do something unbelievable.

      Distance: Williams – Ferguson, Molen, McChesney… they should be able to take 3 of the top 4 places, with Julie Kim being the only one that can rival them. A 1-2-3 would be huge points in the duel meet.

      Back: Amherst – Sasser = unstoppable. Williams can pick up needed points with a 2nd from Nicholson, but need people to step up and take 3rd and possibly 4th to neutralize the point loss.

      Breast: Williams – The breaststrokes are Amherst’s Achilles heel for the 2nd year in a row (it was never a heel when Payne was there, it was just hopeless for Amherst then). Williams could 1-2-3 the 100 with Asher, Cucolo, and Metcalf, then 1-2-3 the 200 with Asher, Kurkul, and Ramsey. Big points.

      Fly: Williams – With Piper and Jasmina gone, Williams can take back these valuable points. Cucolo and Haley should place 2 of top 3 in the 100 with Haley, Ramsey, and Zollo 1-2-3 in the 200.

      IM – Sasser vs. Nicholson vs. Ramsey showdown. Sasser definately has the edge, but Nicholson keeps getting better and Ramsey enters with times faster than Nicholson’s freshman year. If she makes some drops, she could be a contender in this event. If Sasser wins, Williams should 2-3.

      Medley Relay: toss up – Backstroke goes to Sasser, breaststroke to Williams, then butterfly is where Williams needs to make up room for their anchor (Metcalf? Card-Childers? Sequeira?) to hold of either of the Sterns. This race will set the tone for the meet.

      Free Relay: Amherst – As much as I’d like to see Williams contend (they could if McCarthy came back), the combination of Stern-Stern-Kim-Kennedy against Card-Childers-Sequeira-Metcalf-Hancock just isn’t fair.

      Can’t wait to see what actually pans out. Comments?

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