June 15, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT sophomore Doria Holbrook became the first diver and only the second swimming and diving team member in the history of the Institute to earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors after being named to the third national team on Wednesday.
Holbrook, who finished second overall in the three-meter diving finals and fourth overall on the one-meter board at the 2006 NCAA Championships, paced MIT to its best national finish in 17 years. Holbrook earned All-America honors in both events as the Engineers finished 20th in the final team standings.
In two seasons, Holbrook has won an NCAA national title and has earned four All-America honors. After a dazzling rookie season in 2005, Holbrook was named NEWMAC Diver of the Year and NCAA Diver of the Meet.
Holbrook's selection gives MIT its fifth Academic All-America selection for the year and its first in the incredibly difficult at-large division since fencer Caroline Purcell copped the honor following a national title in 2002. The only other women's swimming and diving team member to earn the prestigious national Academic award was Yvonne Grierson, who garnered accolades after securing an NCAA championship of her own in 1990.