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CONTACT: Jerry Reilly,
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DATE: Wed., March 8, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Swimming & Diving

Sponholz in Minnesota competing in nationals

Fredonia State freshman Kelly Sponholz.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Fredonia State freshman Kelly Sponholz (Alden/Alden) is among student-athletes from around the country competing this week at the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.

The meet will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Sponholz is entered in two championship events: 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving. Twenty-two women will compete for each title.

The 1-meter competition will be held Thursday with trials as part of the 11 a.m. session and finals during the 6:30 p.m. evening session.

The 3-meter diving is divided over two days and three sessions. Round #1 of preliminaries will be held Friday as part of the 11 a.m. session. Round #2 is Saturday at 11 a.m., with finals set for the 6:30 p.m. Saturday session.

Sponholz has NCAA Division III's best 11-dive performance off the 1-meter board this season: a score of 465.85 points at the SUNYAC Championships Feb. 11. In addition, her six-dive 1-meter qualifying score of 268.05 points is ninth best among the NCAA entrants.

Off the 3-meter springboard, Sponholz has the seventh-best score this season -- 454.40 points vs. Oneonta and Hartwick colleges Jan. 28 at the Steele Hall Natatorium.

Sponholz is believed to be the first Fredonia State women to compete at nationals.

The site of the meet, the Minnesota Aquatic Center, has been host to numerous USA Swimming, Big 10 and NCAA Division I Championships. The 1990 Olympic Festival, 1991 Women's Big Ten Championships, 1991 United States Open, 1991 United States Diving Championships, 1992 Men's Big Ten Championships and the 1993 NCAA Division I Women's Championships have also been staged there as was the Phillips 66/U.S. Swimming National Championships in 1998.

Meet host Carleton College will post updated results on its website. A link to the results will be also posted on the Fredonia State website (www.fredonia.edu/athletics/).

(2006 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships website)

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