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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 9, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas --- Colby College junior swimmer Kelly Norsworthy placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday night at the University of Houston.
Norsworthy had a time of 1:04.56 and was just edged out for third place. Kenyon sophomore Tracy Menzel won the title in 1:03.69, a slower time than Norsworthy's 1:03.32 in taking second place last year in the event at the NCAA meet. Johns Hopkins senior Allie Foster was second in 1:04.10 and Calvin's Emily Roberts took third in 1:04.52.
Norsworthy, who earned All-America honors, had the best time in the morning preliminary races at 1:04.68. Menzel was just behind her with a 1:04.74 during the morning session. Norsworthy scored 15 points for her placing and put Colby into 10th place at the NCAA meet with two events remaining Friday night.
The Mules are in 13th place overall heading into the final day of competition on Saturday. Colby has 62 points and is just five points out of 11th place.
Norsworthy also helped Colby's 200 medley relay team place sixth on Friday and earn 26 points. Kelsey Potdevin, Maddie Given and Courtney Chilcote joined forces with Norsworthy for a time of 1:47.94 to earn All-America honors.
In the morning session, Potdevin finished in 19th place in the 100 backstroke. However, her time of 59.18 broke the school record of 59.69 set by Colby swimming great Laura Miller. Potdevin now holds all three backstroke school records.
Colby's 800 freestyle relay team of Danielle Carlson, Given, Chilcote and Mary Warlaumont placed 17th in 8:06.11.
Norsworthy will swim in the 200 breaststroke during the final day of competition on Saturday. She finished in second place in the event at last year's NCAA meet.