Nemivant Sweeps Diving Events; Lyons Place 4th at Seven Sisters Championship

Mount Holyoke junior diver Samantha Nemivant is pictured with all the other Seven Sisters Champions from the 2019 meet. She is in the front row on the far right.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - It was a clean sweep in the diving events for junior captain Samantha Nemivant at the 2019 Seven Sisters Championship on Sunday. As a team, the Mount Holyoke College swimming and diving team placed fourth overall at this year's meet.

Following a solid victory on the 1-meter board on Saturday, Nemivant was back in the winner's spot once again after she posted an NCAA Qualifying score of 461.25 points on the 3-meter board. Much like Saturday where MHC finished 1-2-3, the Lyons took 1-2 on Sunday as sophomore Katie Kolozsvari was second with a score of 409.90, just a mear tenth of a point off from NCAA Qualifying. Rookie Kathryn Murphy took fourth with a score of 353.55 points.

In the gruelling 1650-yard freestyle, sophomore Ashton Bliss took third overall with a time of 18:57.69. Junior Natalie Burkett also placed in the event, earning seventh overall in a time of 19:41.89.

The 200-yard backstroke saw sophomore Jacqueline Park touch the wall in sixth with a time of 2:17.55, while rookie Adrienne Corr was eighth with a mark of 2:22.67. Next up in the 100-yard freestyle, the Lyons saw sophomore Tamara Mukulu post sixth, posting a mark of 57.20.

Bliss rounded out the final individual event of the meet for Mount Holyoke, placing eighth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:23.69, while classmate Naomi Brown was 10th with a time of 2:29.75.

In the final event of the competition - the 400-yard freestyle relay - the Lyons saw sophomores Caitlyn Richmond, Bliss, Park and Mukulu combine to take sixth overall with a time of 3:59.74. MHC's other foursome of senior captain Delany Berry, sophomore Courtney Dunham, Corr and sophomore Riley Hicks combined to earn ninth with a time of 4:05.62.

Wellesley College swimming and diving claimed the program's 22nd consecutive title and have now won 29 Seven Sisters Championships in all and every title since 1998. Wellesley finished the meet with 1334.5 points, with Vassar earning runner-up honors with 983.5 points. Host Smith took third with 511 points, while Mount Holyoke took fourth with 483 and Bryn Mawr rounded out the field with 295 points.

Mount Holyoke is back in the pool next Saturday when it travels to Simmons for a 12pm dual meet.