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Swimming & Diving
Sponholz fifth in NCAA 3-meter event
HOUSTON, Tex. -- Kelly Sponholz (Alden/Alden) earned her second All-American honor Saturday at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving championship meet.
Two days after finishing third in 1-meter springboard diving, Sponholz finished fifth in the 3-meter event with 434.35 points for 11 dives. It represented an improvement of nine places at the NCAA; she was 14th as a freshman last season.
The top eight finishers earn All-American status. Junior Doria Holbrook of Mass. Inst. of Technology won the 3-meter competition with 480.90 points.
When she finished third in the 1-meter competition Thursday, Sponholz became the first Fredonia State woman to become All-American in the sport, and recorded the highest finish by a Blue Devil since backstroker Jim Healy was second at the 1968 NAIA meet.
The three-day meet was held at the University of Houston Recreation Center. The men's championships will be held there next weekend, with Blue Devil senior Scott Horsington (Rochester/Churchville-Chili) competing in both diving events.
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