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DATE: Thurs., March 9, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Women's Swimming and Diving

Sponholz 11th in NCAA diving event

(Link HERE for a complete list of 1-meter preliminary scores)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Fredonia State freshman Kelly Sponholz (Alden/Alden) earned All-American honorable mention status Thursday at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.

Sponholz scored 384.90 points for 11 dives in the 1-meter springboard preliminaries. Her score the 11th best of the 22 divers entered in the event, and the second best among the six freshmen in the competition.

Her score was 13.9 points short of the eighth place, and a spot in the championship finals Thursday night. In addition, all eight finalists earn All-American status. Places ninth through 16th receive honorable mention.

"Kelly started slowly," Fredonia State diving coach John Crawford. "She was probably 19th after her first three dives, then made steady gains the remainder of the day. She had some of the best scores for the last three dives."

Concordia senior Annie Cullen finished with 435.11 points to lead the competition heading into the finals. The only freshman advancing to finals was Calvin College's Erica Deur, who was third overall with 431.60 points during preliminaries.

Sponholz will be back in competition Friday. She and the other 21 competitors will perform six compulsory dives during the first round of preliminaries of the 3-meter diving event. The remaining five optional dives will be performed Saturday afternoon, with the top eight divers after preliminaries moving on to the finals Saturday night.

The meet is being held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Carleton College is the host school.

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