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.