Women's swim team heads to NCAA meet

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 7, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas --- Kelly Norsworthy gets another chance at a national title as the Colby College women's swimming and diving team sends six team members to the NCAA Division III Championships starting Thursday and finishing up Saturday at the University of Houston.

Norsworthy, a junior All-American, finished second in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke at last year's national meet in Minnesota. Her times of 1:03.32 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:18.18 in the 200 breaststroke are among the fastest in the history of Division III women's swimming. Norsworthy would have two national titles if not for Lindsay Payne of Williams College. Payne, who graduated last year, is arguably one of the finest Division III swimmers ever and holds NCAA records in both events.

Norsworthy studied abroad in Italy during the first semester and missed early training and the first few meets of the season. She did swim during her time overseas and has performed at a high level during the second semester.

The best chance for a Norsworthy victory could come in the 100 breaststroke Friday. She is seeded third at 1:05.21 behind Kenyon senior Jessica Connors (1:04.86) and Calvin first-year Katie White (1:05.17). Norsworthy clocked the 1:03.32 in last year's 100 final, while Connors was fourth in 1:04.39.

Norsworthy is seeded sixth for Saturday's 200 breaststroke at 2:22.40. Four other swimmers are below 2:21.0, including Connors as the top seed at 2:20.25. Connors was third in last year's race with a 2:19.06.

Thursday's first day of swimming will have Norsworthy racing in the 200 freestyle relay, 200 individual medley and in the 400 medley relay with Kelsey Potdevin, Mary Warlaumont and Danielle Carlson. The relay team is seeded 10th at 3:57.35 and will hope to make into the eight-team championship final. Norsworthy is seeded 11th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.82 after placing seventh at last year's nationals in 2:07.86 (2:07.84 prelim). Norsworthy, Carlson, Potdevin and Courtney Chilcote are seeded 17th in the 200 freestyle relay.

The best opportunity for a relay to make the championship final could come on Friday with Potdevin, Norsworthy, Maddie Given and Chilcote seeded seventh in 1:47.98. Carlson, Warlaumont, Chilcote and Given are seeded 17th for Friday's 800 freestyle relay.

Besides Norsworthy's race in the 100 breaststroke, Potdevin will also compete in the 100 backstroke on Friday and is seeded 24th.

Carlson, Potdevin, Norsworthy and Chilcote will close the meet Saturday as the 18th seed in the 400 freestyle relay.