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Women's Swimming and Diving—2008-09 Season Overview
2010-11 Season Outlook
The Colby College women's swimming and diving team placed a strong fifth at the NESCAC meet last year and junior distance freestyle swimmer Mandy Ferguson was a big help with that results.
Ferguson finished in second place, earned All-NESCAC honors, and broke the school record of swimming great Sally White '91 with a 10:25.35 clocking in the 1,000-yard freestyle. White's record had stood for 22 years. Ferguson also placed fourth in the 500 freestyle and added another fourth in the 1,650 freestyle at the conference meet.
Ferguson was key in relays as well during the season. She earned all-league honors along with returning swimmers Jess Blais and Kathryn Lee in taking third place in the 400 medley relay. Ferguson also teamed up with Lee and Chelsea Heneghan to set a school record in the 800 freestyle relay (7:44.08).
Heneghan had a school record in the 200 freestyle (1:54.11) and should be a force again in the relays and freestyle races. Heneghan will be a co-captain during the 2010-11 season with Erin Schnettler.
Blais was strong in the backstroke races, taking fourth in the 50, sixth in the 100, and sixth in the 200 at the NESCAC meet. Kayleigh Monahan also swam in the backstroke and took seventh in the 50 at the league meet. Lee, Rosie Wennberg, Laura Burns, Heather Cronin, and Sarah Hansen also had solid results in individual competition or relays at the conference meet.
2007-08 Season Recap
The Colby women’s swimming and diving team had another strong season in 2007-08, compiling a 5-4 record in dual meets on their way to a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships.
The Mules have had five consecutive top-20 finishes at the NCAA meet. Four women earned multiple All-America honors and three garnered College Swimming Coaches Association of America Academic-All America honors. The team was also named an Academic All-American Team by the CSCAA for the ninth consecutive year.
The 2007-08 season was a true team campaign where every member contributed to the overall success of the program as 22 women scored at the NESCAC championship meet. Kelly Norsworthy ’08, capped her distinguished career by capturing conference titles in the 50 and 100 breaststroke events. She was joined by Kelsey Potdevin ’09, who won the 50 backstroke at the NESCAC meet and set school records in all three backstroke events. Along with Norsworthy and Potdevin, Courtney Chilcote ’09 and Maddie Given ’08 also earned All-NESCAC honors at the meet. At the NCAA meet Norsworthy finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke for the second straight year. She also finaled in the 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley, while Potdevin placed 27th in 100 backstroke. First-year Chelsea Heneghan ’11 and senior Maddie Given ’08 joined Potdevin and Norsworthy to place eighth in the 400 medley relay and 12th in the 200 medley relay. All four women earned All-America recognition.
By maintaining a 3.5 grade point average for the academic year and finaling at nationals, Potdevin, Norsworthy, and Given were all recognized as Academic All-Americans by the CSCAA. Chilcote earned Honorable Mention All-America honors. At the conference level, Maria Ramrath ’09 was honored as Academic All-NESCAC and Aimee Sheppard ’10 was named to the NESCAC Sportsmanship team. At the annual senior awards ceremony, Norsworthy was honored by the Colby Athletic Department with the Millett Award, given annually to the best athlete in the senior class.