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Springfield Divers Earn All-America Honors Seven Times at the NCAA Division III Championships

Minneapolis, Minn. — March 22, 2010 — Led by junior Brian Sobel, Springfield College divers proved to be very successful as a group this past weekend at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Minneapolis. Four SC divers earned All-America honors a total of seven out of a possible eight times.

There were four Springfield College divers in attendance at the NCAA’s — more than from any other school in the country. The seven All-America honors were also more than any other school in the nation.

As a duo, junior Brian Sobel (Stratford, Conn.) and senior Matt Fitzgerald (Pelham, N.H.) allowed Spingfield to score 34 points for the men as a team at the NCAA’s, good for a tie for 26th nationally. By the same token, the duo of seniors Michelle Reggio (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Meghan Kijanka (Methuen, Mass.) allowed the Pride women to score 37 points and finish 25th at the NCAA’s.

The following is a recap of the events from last Wednesday to last Saturday evenings. On Wednesday night, Sobel finished seventh in the 3-meter diving event with 479.85 points. In the meantime, Fitzgerald finished 17th with 371.55 points, just missing reaching the consolation finals.

On Thursday night, Reggio placed third in the 1-meter diving with 417.50 points. Also on the women’s side Thursday night, Kijanka finished 14th in the 1-meter with 362.10 points.

On Friday night, the news was even better as Sobel finished second nationally in the 1-meter with 527.90 points, or just 20.10 points behind the winner, Nathan LaRowe from Potsdam State. Fitzgerald placed 12th in the same event with 431.60 points.

Then in the 3-meter on Saturday night, it was Kijanka placing eighth with 379.90 points, while Reggio finished 10th with 451.55 points in the consolation finals. Had Reggio qualified in the finals rather then the consolation finals, she would have placed fifth overall.

If you finished in the Top 8, you claimed a First Team All-America slot. If you were 9th-to-16th, you claimed an honorable mention All-America slot.