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Team captains Abby Armstrong '15, Sarah Izzo '15, McKenna Kelly '15 and Sarah Larson '15 lead the Hamilton College women's swimming and diving team into 2014-15. Kelly holds the program record in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:27.69. The Continentals tied for 20th place in the team standings at the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships thanks to standout swimmer Maggie Rosenbaum '14, who graduated in May. Rosenbaum finished second in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 100 backstroke.

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 2014 national meet and all six (Hamilton included) placed in the top 20. Hamilton has competed in the NESCAC event every February since 2001. Diane Paverman '13 earned the Four Year High Point Diver award after the 2013 meet.

In January 2015, the team takes a one-week training trip to the Florida Keys during winter break. Other highlights on the 2014-15 schedule include a quad meet at home against Ithaca College, Hartwick College and SUNY Geneseo; home dual meets against Trinity College and Union College; and the five-team Hamilton Invitational that includes Colby College.

Rosenbaum left a legacy that will last for quite some time. She ended up with a program-record eight All-America awards, including at least one every year, and three honorable mention All-America laurels. In order to be an All-American, one has to finish in the top eight of an event at the NCAA meet.

In 2011, Rosenbaum made history by finishing first in the 100 back at the NCAA championships and became the first Hamilton women's national champion in a swimming event. She repeated the feat at the 2012 NCAA meet and finished second the following year when the winner set a Division III record in the 100 back. Rosenbaum was a two-time All-American for the 100 fly (4th in 2013) and the 200 back (7th in 2013, 3rd in 2012). Thanks in part to her success at the NCAA championships, the team has produced four top 20 finishes at the national meet. The Hamilton women tied for 20th place in 2011, finished 18th in 2013 and 14th in 2012.

For four years Rosenbaum was one of the top athletes at the NESCAC championships. She won 11 of 12 backstroke events at the conference meet during her career and finished runner-up in the 12th. Rosenbaum was selected the 2012 and 2013 NESCAC Swimmer of the Meet and was a four-time member of the all-conference team. In 2014, she picked up the Four Year High Point Swimmer award, which goes to the swimmer that generated the most points for her team during the last four NESCAC championships.

As for records, Rosenbaum holds a truckload of them. She graduates as the NESCAC championship record-holder in the 50 and 100 back and owns the conference record in the 50 back. Rosenbaum holds several records at pools around New England, in addition to the 100 fly that she posted in her final home meet at Hamilton's Bristol Pool. She has the program record in no fewer than seven individual events and is part of four relays that have set a team record. Rosenbaum followed in the footsteps of older sister Whitney '10, who competed for Hamilton at the 2009 and 2010 NCAA championships.

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 four relays and was honorable mention All-American in 2011.

Gibbons became the 21st Hamilton women's swimmer or diver to garner All-America honors in 2012 when she finished seventh in the 100 free in her final collegiate race at the NCAA championships. She picked up her fifth honorable mention All-America award earlier in the meet. 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 2012 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 championships. It was the third straight year she made the all-conference team.

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 22 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 racked up seven career All-America awards.

The men's and women's teams give back to the local community as well as the swimming community. Several members of the teams spent four hours at the Oneida County Habitat for Humanity warehouse north of Utica in September 2014 and helped with cleaning and organizing the warehouse for the coming year. They filled a dumpster with non-useable material, loaded a truck with items for their store and reorganized the interior of the warehouse.

The teams participate in the Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power Relay every year in November. More than $410,000 has been raised in seven years to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma -- a rare soft-tissue cancer -- in young people. The relay was first started to honor former Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in 2006 from sarcoma.

Hamilton swimmers excel in the classroom as well as in the pool. Nine student-athletes made the 2013-14 NESCAC Winter All-Academic team. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has recognized the women with Scholar All-America Awards for three straight semesters. Liz Rabe '04, Sarah McDermott '04 and Megan Schlosser '13 have all been elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society.