March 13, 2006

Women's Swimming and Diving Earns Highest National Finish In 17 Years

March 11, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Doria Holbrook finished second overall in the three-meter diving finals at the 2006 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, leading MIT to 20th place in the final standings. Holbrook garnered All-America honors on both boards and accounted for 34 of the Engineers' 56 points.

Holbrook accounted for MIT's only scoring on the last day of competition as she just missed re-setting the Institute record in three-meter diving. After a fantastic prelim pushed Holbrook into first place heading into the night session, Lake Forest sophomore Kendall Swett rallied behind an NCAA Championship record of 489.00 to grab the top spot on the awards stand. Holbrook totaled 476.30 en route to runner-up honors, while Smith sophomore and NEWMAC champion, Shanti Freitas, closed with a third-place total of 471.55. Seven of the eight divers competing in the three-meter finals were either freshmen or sophomores.

The Engineers nearly picked up additional points in the 1650 free, although junior Kate Thornton finished 17th overall to miss scoring by one place. Thornton had a strong start and finished with a time of 17:33.20, which was just one second off her second-place split at the NEWMAC Championships.

MIT earned its highest finish at the NCAA Championships since finishing 16th overall in 1989. The Engineers finished 25th last season in Holland, Mich.