March 1, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) officially announced its postseason qualifiers for women's swimming and diving on Friday afternoon, and MIT's Doria Holbrook, Sasha Brophy and Amy Jacobi were awarded the right to represent the Cardinal and Gray at the national meet. The NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving National Championships will take place in Oxford, Ohio, from Thursday, Mar. 13 to Saturday, Mar. 15, and will be hosted by the College of Wooster in Miami University's Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center.
Holbrook, who will be making her fourth consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships, will be aiming to put the finishing touches on a remarkable career which has seen a bevy of honors bestowed upon the senior diver. Just as she has for the past three years, the Yakima, Wash., native will participate in the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions, serving as a legitimate national title contender in both. Her score of 593.30 on the three-meter board at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships last weekend was the highest turned in by any Division III diver in the country this season, while she also comfortably took the conference one-meter crown with a record tally of 517.45.
The co-captain is no stranger to the national stage, having won the three-meter diving title in both 2005 and 2007 and having notched a runner-up finish on the same board in 2006. She's also garnered second-, third- and fourth-place national finishes on the one-meter board over the course of her career, making her a six-time All-America honoree.
Fellow senior and co-captain Brophy will be participating in the NCAA Championships for a second time, having also made the trip in her sophomore year of 2006. Brophy, from Cupertino, Calif., will participate in a trio of short- and middle-distance freestyle events - the 100-yard, 200-yard and 500-yard - to round out her intercollegiate career. She's ranked 21st in the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 5:06.50, while her seed-time of 1:55.19 in the 200-yard freestyle places her 23rd. Her final event will be the 100-yard freestyle, in which she's seeded 34th with a mark of 53.92.
In Brophy's previous trip to the national postseason meet, she anchored the Engineers' 400-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay teams.
Freshman sensation Jacobi's first trip to the NCAA Championships will see her participate in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. Ranked 8th in the 100-yard butterfly with a seed-time of 57.67, the rookie boasts legitimate All-America potential in her national debut. The native of Cranbury, N.J., also has high aspirations for the 50-yard freestyle (21st; 24.16) and the 100-yard freestyle (25th; 53.15).
MIT finished 20th at the NCAA Championships last year, equaling its highest national finish in 18 years, while Kenyon College won the title for a record 21st time.