March 10, 2007

Engineers 26th Heading into Final Day of NCAA Championsips

March 10, 2007

HOUSTON, Texas - Junior Doria Holbrook leads the field after six preliminary dives in the three-meter competition at the 2007 NCAA Championships and the Engineers currently sit in 26th place of 49 scoring teams after two days of swimming and diving. Holbrook will have five more preliminary dives this afternoon before the top-eight advance to the finals this evening.

Kenyon College is well on its way to its 21st national team title, as it holds a 113-point lead over second-place Amherst College. The Ladies, who last won the championship in 2004, have 363 points to 250 for Amherst. Calvin College ranks third with 214 points, while defending national champion Emory University sits in fourth with 191.

After not having any finalists on Friday, the Engineers remain on 23 points.

However, despite not earning any points, senior Kate Thornton swam a marvelous 200-yard freestyle to lower her season-best time by nearly two seconds, from 1:58.69 to 1:56.80. She won her preliminary heat on her way to raising her national ranking from 36th to 27th in the event.

The competition will conclude today, as Holbrook will be looking for her second national title in the three-meter diving competition and Thornton will be swimming in her strongest event, the 1650-yard freestyle, in which she is ranked 8th nationally.