Swim teams ready to open up season

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 16, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- With All-American Kelly Norsworthy (West Hartford, Conn.) studying abroad for the first semester, the Colby College women's swimming and diving team will open the season Saturday without one of the top swimmers in NCAA Division III. Meanwhile, All-American Jabez Dewey (Worcester, Mass.) will start the season in the pool for the Colby men.

The Colby women and men begin the 2006-07 season at Amherst College at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Here's a look at both teams:

Women's swimming: Norsworthy earned three individual All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley at the NCAA Division III Championships in Minneapolis last year. Norsworthy set school records and came in second place in both the 100 breaststroke (1:03.32) and 200 breaststroke (2:18.18). Norsworthy also placed seventh in the 200 individual medley (1:47.05) with another school record of 2:07.84.

Kelsey Potdevin (Juneau, Alaska), Maddie Given (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Courtney Chilcote (Pepper Pike, Ohio) joined forces with Norsworthy to earn honorable mention All-American honors by taking ninth at the NCAA meet in the 200 medley relay.

At the NESCAC meet, Norsworthy won two league titles and helped the Mules finish in sixth place at the league meet. Norsworthy won the 50 and 200 breaststroke while taking second in the 100 breaststroke at the conference championships. The other NESCAC title for the Mules came from Potdevin in the 50 backstroke. The 200 medley relay team of Potdevin, Norsworthy, Given and Chilcote placed second at the NESCAC meet.

Weather Potdevin (Juneau, Alaska), Mary Warlaumont (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and Kristi Boman (Elmira, N.Y.) will be the captains of the team. Potdevein will race in the freestyle, Warlaumont goes in the butterfly and individual medley and Boman races in the freestyle and backstroke.

Annie Muir (Springfield, Va.) returns in the breaststroke and freestyle for her senior season and will be a key swimmer for the Mules. Sophomore Jamie Warner (Port Washington, N.Y.) returns in the butterfly as does classmate Maria Ramrath (Framingham, Mass.) in the breaststroke. Samantha Rose (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) will swim in the freestyle, Jocelyn Burke (Billerica, Mass.) swims in the freestyle and backstroke, Catherine Fanning (Concord, Mass.) and Hadley Chatel (Wellesley, Mass.) are in the breastroke and individual medley and Emily Sinnott (Ballwin, Mo.) will swim in the backstroke and freestyle.

Colby first-year swimmer Danielle Carlson (Norridge, Ill.) competes in the freestyle and IM, while Franny Izzo (Cambridge, Mass.) also goes in those two events. The Mules have eight first-year swimmers on the roster, but three are studying abroad in the first semester.

The Mules had a 9-3 dual meet record for head coach Tom Burton. Colby finished in 15th at the national meet and has had top 20 finishes the past three years.

Men's swimming: Colby had its best finish ever at the NESCAC meet when the Mules took fifth place. The team had no individual champions at the league meet, but had consistent finishes throughout the three-day event.

Jabez Dewey (Worcester, Mass.) placed fifth in the 100 backstroke to earn All-America honors and should be one of the favorites to win a national title in the 100 in his senior season. He was second in the 50 backstroke and was fourth in the 100 backstroke at the league meet.

Evan Mullin (Winnetka, Ill.) placed fifth in the 200 freestyle at the NESCAC meet and should be strong again. Sam Wampler (Glencoe, Ill.) is back in the sprint freestyle races, co-captain Mitch Bartkiewicz (Peabody, Mass.) returns in the individual medley, Ian Cross (Rome, N.Y.) will earn points diving, Patrick Dean (Atlanta, Ga.) will race in the breaststroke and individual medley, Mike Finnerty (Garden City, N.Y.) goes in the backstroke and freestyle and co-captain Ryan Adams (Richmond, Vt.) will compete in the butterfly and freestyle.

Andrew Peterson (Chicago, Ill., breaststroke, IM), Evan McCulloch (Lilburn, Ga., freestyle), David Metcalf (Wayland, Mass., fly, freestyle), Patrick Sanders (Fairfax, Va., freestyle), Travis Townsend (Oakland, Calif., backstroke, freestyle) and Jeff Ruhle (Brookside, N.J., diving) give the Mules added depth in most events.

First-year swimmers Ben Gross (Long Beach, N.Y., sprint freestyle, backstroke) should be a solid point producer when he returns from an injury in the second semester. Classmate Kevin Smith (Westfield, N.J.) should also contribute in the distance freestyle races.

Colby had a 7-4 dual meet record during the regular season.