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Maggie Rosenbaum '14 aims to add to her already impressive list of athletic accomplishments for the Hamilton College women's swimming and diving program in 2013-14. Last season, Rosenbaum increased her career All-America award total to six with a trio of honors based on her performance at the 2013 NCAA Division III championships. She finished second in the 100-yard backstroke and pushed the winner to post the fastest time in Division III history. Rosenbaum, who captured national titles in the 100 back at the 2011 and 2012 NCAA meets, also placed fourth in the 100 butterfly and seventh in the 200 back at last year's championships. Her performance alone led Hamilton to 18th place in the NCAA team standings as 54 programs scored at least one point. Rosenbaum holds team records in no fewer than six individual events. She is one of this season's team captains along with Sarah Dempsey '14, Molly Ferguson '14 and Marta Pisera '14.

The NESCAC championship is one of the fastest Division III meets in the nation prior to the NCAA championships. Six NESCAC schools scored points at the 2013 national meet and three teams (Hamilton included) placed in the top 20. Hamilton has competed in the NESCAC event every February since 2001. Last season, Rosenbaum was selected the NESCAC Swimmer of the Meet for the second straight year after she swept the backstroke events with three Bowdoin College pool records, two meet records and a conference record. Diane Paverman '13 earned the 2013 Four-Year High Point Diver award, and McKenna Kelly '15 finished sixth and set a program record in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:27.69.

In January 2014, the swimming and diving team will take a one-week training trip to the Florida Keys during winter break. Other highlights on the 2013-14 schedule include a quad meet at home against Ithaca College, Hartwick College and SUNY Geneseo; a home dual meet against Wesleyan University; a meet at Trinity College with Connecticut College; and the final home dual meet of the season against Rensselaer.

The Continentals finished in 14th place in the team point standings at the 2012 NCAA championships. It was the program's best showing in the event since 2003 when Hamilton also finished 14th. Rosenbaum and Megan Gibbons '12 accounted for all 61 team points. Joanie Burton '13 and Gabrielle Goione '12 also qualified for the national meet as part of a 200 medley relay with Rosenbaum and Gibbons. Burton is part of program records in the 200 and 400 medley relays and 400 and 800 free relays, and was honorable mention All-American in 2011.

Gibbons became the 21st Hamilton women's swimmer or diver to garner All-America honors when she finished seventh in the 100 free in her final collegiate race at the 2012 NCAA championships. She picked up her fifth honorable mention All-America award earlier in the meet when she ended up second in the consolation final. Gibbons competed on the national stage in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She holds program records in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free. She made the 2011-12 NESCAC all-conference team for the 50 and 100 free by finishing in the top three, including a win in the 100, at the conference championship. It was the third straight year she made the all-conference team.

Rosenbaum followed in the footsteps of older sister Whitney '10, who competed for Hamilton at the 2009 and 2010 NCAA championships. Maggie captured first place in all three backstroke events at the 2012 NESCAC championship. She set meet records in the 50 and 100 back as well as a NESCAC mark in the 50.

Maggie finished second in the 200 back consolation finals to go with her 100 back victory at the 2011 national meet. Rosenbaum made history as the first Hamilton women's swimmer to win an event at the NCAA championships. Her performance at the 2011 NESCAC championship as a rookie was nothing short of amazing as she won all three backstroke events and made the all-conference team. Maggie set a meet record in the 50 back and Williams College pool records in all three events.

Gibbons, Burton, Rosenbaum and Liz Bucceri '11 were responsible for setting team records in the 200 and 400 medley relays and 400 and 800 freestyle relays in 2011. They finished second in the consolation final at the 2011 NCAA championships and led the Continentals to 20th place in the team point standings.

The program's first All-American was Cathy Imboden in 1982. Diver Cady Kashner '03 was the 2003 national champion in the 1-meter board. Hamilton has scored points at the NCAA championships 21 times since 1982, and the Continentals' best showing was 10th place with 119 points in 2000. Both Meghan Steed '00 and Liz Sichol '96 collected All-America honors three out of four years during their collegiate careers. Steed holds the team record with seven career All-America awards.

Hamilton swimmers excel in the classroom as well as in the pool. Abby Armstrong '15, Molly Ferguson '14, Gina Goldberg '14, Kelly, Allie Reeder '14 and Megan Schlosser '13 made the 2012-13 NESCAC Winter All-Academic team. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) recognized the women with Scholar All-America Team honors the last two years. Liz Rabe '04, Sarah McDermott '04 and Schlosser were all elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society.