Lamdin 7th in 3-meter at NCAAs; Drake All-American in 200 back
OXFORD, Ohio — Bates College junior Kelsey Lamdin (Brunswick, Maine) finished in seventh place in 3-meter diving Saturday, capping a successful NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships for Bates at Miami University.
Lamdin captured her second All-America honors of the meet, and the sixth in her career, after sophomore teammate Katelyn Drake became an All-American for the first time earlier in the day in the 200-yard backstroke. Lamdin and Drake combined to score 21 team points, putting Bates in 37th place out of 52 scoring teams at nationals.
Lamdin scored 416.15 points in preliminaries and 452.25 points in the finals, breaking her own Bates 11-dive record of 444.90. She finished sixth at nationals in the 3-meter in 2006 and 13th in 2007.
Drake (Hudson, Ohio), seeded 24th, finished 14th out of a field of 36 competitors on Saturday in the 200-yard backstroke. She touched the wall in her preliminary heat in 2:07.52, breaking her own Bates record in the event for the third time this year. In the consolation final Drake broke the record again with a time of 2:07.05 for a 14th-place finish and an Honorable Mention All-America award. Drake becomes Bates’ first swimmer to earn All-America honors since Vanessa Williamson ’05 in 2005.
Drake tied for 27th in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday, finishing her preliminary heat in 59.61 seconds, tying her with Colby’s Kelsey Potdevin for the 27th best time among 33 competitors in the event.
Drake finishes her swim season having set or helped to set six Bates swimming records, winning All-NESCAC honors and, best of all, competing at NCAAs. She has already started in both games at midfield for the Bates women’s lacrosse team.
Lamdin won the fifth All-America honors of her career Thursday in the 1-meter. She qualified for the finals with a semifinal round score of 153.40 points, 10th best in the field of 22 divers. Lamdin then scored 396.00 points in the finals to place 11th, just .10 points behind Middlebury rival Alanna Hanson for 10th place. Tufts’ Kendall Swett claimed first place with 455.20 points. Lamdin finished fifth at 2007 nationals at 1 meter and 16th in 2006.
View complete results of the 2008 NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
Read Coach Peter Casares’s blog, “The Bobcat Chronicles”.
Read a feature story about Kelsey Lamdin from the March 12, 2008 Lewiston Sun-Journal.