March 16, 2008

MIT Wraps Up Highest NCAA Finish in 19 Years

March 15, 2008

OXFORD, Ohio - On Saturday, the Engineers put the finishing touches on their third consecutive top 20 finish at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships while senior Doria Holbrook closed her career as the top diver in Institute history behind her eighth All-America honor in as many tries.

Holbrook finished fourth overall on the three-meter with a score of 490.40 two days after earning a third-place finish on the one-meter. Despite easily topping her championship score of last year, Holbrook slipped from first to fourth after the prelims as the first three finishers shattered the existing national record.

MIT participated in only two events on the final day of the meet, with senior Sasha Brophy and freshman Amy Jacobi returning from strong efforts earlier in the weekend to compete in the 100 free. In the final race of her collegiate career, Brophy delivered another solid effort by placing 25th in the prelims with a time of 53.13. Jacobi finished 36th during the morning session in a clip of 54.05.

MIT finished 19th out of 52 scoring teams to earn its highest finish at the NCAA Championships since securing 16th place during the 1988-89 campaign. Behind the strength of seven, top-five finishes on the final day of competition, Kenyon College cruised to its 22nd national title in the past 25 years.