Feb. 7, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Katherine Thornton was named the Division III Female National Collegiate Swimmer-of-the-Week on Wednesday for her performances spanning the week of January 29-February 5. She was selected for the honor by a panel of collegiate coaches after being nominated by coaches, sports information directors, conference representatives and CollegeSwimming.com staffers.
The El Cajon, Calif., native did not disappoint the fans in attendance at this past weekend's MIT Invitational, which served as her final meet in the Zesiger Pool as a member of the Cardinal and Gray. She displayed why she will be so heavily missed by the Engineers next season by posting a winning time of 17:29.11 in the 1650-yard freestyle on Friday night, over 16 seconds faster than her next closest competitor. She is now ranked fourth in the nation in the event. Thornton then returned to the water on Saturday afternoon to place second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:12.75, just a shade over four seconds off the NCAA "B" cut.
Head coach Dawn Gerken was delighted that Thornton was recognized on the national stage for her accomplishments.
"Kate's performance in the 1650 this past weekend was a result of her incredibly intense work ethic and consistent training this season," she said. "Not only is Kate an amazing distance freestyler, but she is also one of our top relay swimmers and a true leader on our women's team."
Thornton will guide the eager Engineers into the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, which will take place from Friday, Feb. 16-Sunday, Feb. 18, and will be hosted by Wellesley College.