A March for All-America

 

By Bill Sodoma
 

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Warner Nickerson '05
Illustration by John Quackenbos
Colby athletes went down the slopes, over the high-jump bar and splashing through the pool to earn All-America honors in March.

Women's swimmers Laura Miller '05, Beth Foxwell '06, Annie Muir '07 and Meg Vallaly '07 all earned All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at Principia College near St. Louis.

Karima Ummah '04 was an All-American once again in the women's triple jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Warner Nickerson '05 and sisters Abbi Lathrop '06 and Jenny Lathrop '06 all earned All-America status at the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships staged by the University of Nevada.

Miller came the closest to a national title by finishing second in the 100-yard butterfly, in 56.99. Denison University's Jill Boo trailed Miller to the wall at 50 yards but made up ground in the last 25 yards to win by 41 hundredths of a second. Miller's finish was the highest ever for a Colby swimmer (male or female) at the NCAA meet.

Miller, Foxwell, Muir and Vallaly became the first Colby relay team to finish in the top eight and earn All-America honors. The foursome had a school record time of 3:57.44 in a 400-yard medley relay preliminary race and then finished eighth overall with a 3:57.55.

The four swimmers helped the Mules take 20th place at the NCAA meet, the best finish by a Colby team since the 1989 squad took 19th.

Ummah finished in fourth place in the triple jump with a leap of 38' 3.5". In 2003 she finished third, earning All-America honors with a school record triple jump of 39' 10.5".

The Lathrop sisters and Nickerson all earned second-team All-America honors in the giant slalom. Jenny Lathrop placed in a tie for seventh in the giant slalom in 2:00.22 over her two runs, while Abbi Lathrop was 10th in 2:00.64. Both women also earned second-team honors in the giant slalom at the 2003 NCAA meet.

Nickerson went from 13th place in the giant slalom at the 2003 NCAA meet to 10th place this year. He was 12th after the first run but moved up two spots after a solid second run.