In mid-March, four members of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, two men and two women, traveled to Shenandoah, Tex. to compete in the NCAA Division III Championships. Representing the Dutchmen were divers Sam Hoyt ’18 and Matt Mintz ’18 while swimmers Christina Belforti ’17 and Kerry Kelly ’20 competed for the Dutchwomen. Hoyt and Mintz, who both qualified for the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions at the NCAA Regionals in early March.
Hoyt performed impressively, notching a sixth place finish in the one-meter competition and a ninth place finish in the three-meter competition. On the women’s side, Belforti shined, earning a fourth place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.34. With this time, Belforti became the first Dutchwomen to ever break the two minute mark in this event. Belforti also earned a sixteenth place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.
The NCAA Championship concluded the student-athletes’ seasons. The team will lose powerhouse Belforti to graduation but Hoyt, Mintz and Kelly will be back for more next year.