Feb. 17, 2007
WELLESLEY, Mass. - Junior Doria Holbrook shattered both the Institute and conference records in the one-meter diving competition on the first day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships yesterday, amassing an astonishing 513.65 in prelims before easily earning the victory with a 502.90 in the finals. The Yakima, Wash., native's heroics helped propel the Engineers into second place with 217.50 points, just behind first-place Springfield College (269).
The previous MIT record for one-meter diving belonged to Lori Blackwelder Peterson, who recorded a 428.50 in 1984-85, meaning that Holbrook amazingly surpassed the mark by almost a full 100 points. She also dwarfed the previous NEWMAC score in the event by over 40 points.
Holbrook was not Tech's only big winner on the first day, however, as senior Katherine Thornton also outpaced all competitors to earn maximum points in the 500-yard freestyle. Thornton jumped out to a lead of over a second in the first 50 yards and never looked back, extending the gap each leg to ultimately take the crown by over three seconds.
Sophomore Nicole O'Keeffe helped the Cardinal and Gray's cause with a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley, while teammates Jen Chao and Abby Clark finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Babson's Meg Lynch and Wellesley's Savanna Johnson were other record-breakers on the day, each setting new conference marks. Lynch broke her own record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:09.47, while Johnson touched the wall at 23.73 in the 50-yard freestyle to set a new standard.
The Engineers will look to gain ground on the Pride in the standings, as the NEWMAC Championships continue today and tomorrow.