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Thompson, Pennington, and Keefe Earn All-America Honors In Second Day of NCAA Championships

Indianapolis, Ind. - March 22, 2012 - Jennifer Thompson, Kellie Pennington, and Courtney Keefe all earned All-America honors in the second day of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday. Thompson took third and Keefe placed 14th in the one-meter diving competition, while Pennington placed seventh in the 100 fly.

Jen Thompson As a team, Springfield is ninth with 51 total points through two days of competition.

Thompson had her highest finish in an NCAA event as she took third on the one-meter with a score of 443.55 in the finals session. The Cheshire, Conn. product qualified for the championship final with a 427.85 in the prelims, which was the second-highest score of the morning. Last year, Thompson was fourth on the three-meter and was sixth on the one-meter.

Courtney Keefe Keefe, who hails from Waltham, Mass. totaled 368.35 in the consolation final en route to Honorable Mention All-America honors. Keefe posted a score of 367.75 to qualify to compete in the evening session. Last year, Keefe placed fifth on the one-meter a year ago and 13th on the three-meter.

In the 100 fly, Pennington earned her second All-America honor of the week as she placed seventh a night removed from winning the national title in the 50 free. The Monson, Mass. product finished the race in 55.83 after posting a 55.76 in the morning prelims to qualify for the evening's finals session. Kellie Pennington Entering the NCAA Championships, Pennington was seeded seventh with a time of 55.83.

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