April 7, 2006

W. Swimming's Brookman Competes in National Meet

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Graduation may be two months away, but senior Jessica Brookman of the women’s swimming team has already moved on from college – at least in the pool. Last weekend, she competed in the USA national swimming championships in Seattle, Wash.

Brookman’s premiere performance was in the 100-yard backstroke, which she swam in 1:06.27 to earn 27th place, her best showing of the weekend. In the 100-yard butterfly, she swam a personal-best 1:03.85 to notch a 33rd-place finish. The third and final event Brookman entered was the 200-yard individual medley, in which she placed 48th after swimming the race in 2:24.81.

The national competition was the next step for Brookman, who has plans to continue training with an eye on the Olympic Trials in 2008.

Brookman was not the only representive of the women’s swimming team to advance to the postseason, as senior Kristin Rayhack capped off her career with a pair of fifth-place finishes at the NCAA Zone A diving championships on March 16 in Annapolis, Md. Rayhack competed in the 1-meter and 3-meter events, advancing past the preliminaries in both and posting the meet’s high score in the final round of the 1-meter competition. Her score of 260.45 in the finals moved her up from 15th place and beat eventual winner Samantha Papadakis of Harvard for the round, who posted a sore of 249.65. In the 3-meter, she led the field after the preliminary rounds but faded in the finals to finish with a score of 511.15.

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