Women's swimming & diving places sixth at NESCAC championship

Maggie Rosenbaum '14
Maggie Rosenbaum '14

Hamilton College's Maggie Rosenbaum '14 set her third pool record of the weekend on the third and final day of the 2011 New England Small College Athletic Conference women's swimming and diving championship at Williams College's Muir-Samuelson Pool on Feb. 20.

Rosenbaum broke a 21-year-old pool record, smashed the team record and automatically qualified for next month's NCAA Division III championships in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:01.72. She set pool and program records in the 50, 100 and 200 back during the three-day NESCAC championship.

Before the start of Sunday's finals, Hamilton took part in an official time trial to race the 200 medley relay again. The move worked out as the team-record time improved to 1:46.28, which would have been good for first place in the event on Saturday night. The performance places the Continentals in the top 15 in Division III in the event. Hamilton's time from Saturday's race was 1:48.14. Rosenbaum led off the relay, and she was joined by Liz Bucceri '11, Joanie Burton '13 and Megan Gibbons '12.

Gibbons broke her own team record in the 100 freestyle as she finished third in the event with a time of 51.97 seconds. The time met a provisional cut for the national meet.

Gibbons was the anchor leg of a 400 free relay that set another program record and provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships with a time of 3:33.92. The quartet of Allie Reeder '14, Burton, Rosenbaum and Gibbons finished fifth.

Bucceri captured first place in the 200 breaststroke consolation final (ninth place overall) with a time of 2:29.43. Lizzy Buhl '12 was fifth in the conso finals (13th overall) of the 200 back. Buhl posted a time of 2:14.12 in the morning prelims.

Diane Paverman '13 finished eighth in 3-meter springboard diving with 329.85 points. Paverman was sixth in the 1-meter event on Friday.

The Continentals finished in sixth place out of 11 teams, and Williams won the team title. Hamilton will host a Last Chance Meet at Bristol Pool on Saturday, Feb. 26, at noon.

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