Hamilton College swimmers made provisional cuts for the NCAA Division III championships in three events and broke a 14-year-old school record in a fourth as the Continentals landed in sixth place after the first day of the New England Small College Athletic Conference championships at Bowdoin College's Leroy Greason Pool on Feb. 20.
Hamilton has 335.5 points. Williams College is pacing the 11-team field with 685.5 points with two days of competition remaining.
Megan Gibbons '12 captured fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.34 seconds. Gibbons' time met a provisional NCAA cut and was .07 seconds shy of third place and a spot on the all-NESCAC team.
The 400 medley relay team of Kylie Fraser '11, Eve Stevens '09, Whitney Rosenbaum '10 and Gibbons also finished fourth as they touched the wall at 3:57.53. That time was good for another NCAA provisional cut.
Hamilton's third NCAA provisional cut time came courtesy of Liz Bucceri '11, who finished the 500 free in 5:08.49. Bucceri was fifth in the consolation final. She took second place in the 200 individual medley conso final with a time of 2:11.70.
Rosenbaum recorded another fine performance in the 50 butterfly, as she broke a 14-year-old school record twice. She touched the wall at 26.63 seconds in the preliminaries and bettered the record once again in the finals with a time of 26.59 seconds. The second time was good for sixth place in the event. Hamilton's previous record was 26.83 seconds set in 1995 by Wendy Marrs '97.
Two more Continentals competed in the championship finals of their event. Danielle Fortier '10 came in seventh place in the 50 backstroke at 28.97 seconds, and Gabrielle Goione '12 took eighth in the 50 breaststroke at 31.55 seconds. Fortier recorded a time of 28.80 seconds in the prelim heats.
The NESCAC championship meet continues on Saturday and Sunday at Bowdoin.