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April 17, 2012

Five receive All-America nods at NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

By: Jimmy Robertson

Logan Shinholser earned All-America honors in all three diving events at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

Logan Shinholser’s collegiate season ended without a national title, but the junior from Burtonsville, Md., won just about everything else, claiming All-America honors in three events at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships held March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.

Shinholser finished sixth in the platform event, fifth in the 3-meter event and seventh in the 1-meter event. He was one of just three divers in the country to make the finals in all three events.

I am so proud of Logan Shinholser,” Tech head diving coach Ron Piemonte said. “He had a career-changing NCAAs and was one of only three divers in the country to make finals in all three events, which is an absolutely incredible accomplishment.”

In the platform event, Shinholser finished with 401.25 points. He scored 395.40 points in the 3-meter event and 374.80 points in the 1-meter event.

Shinholser’s teammate, Ryan Hawkins, earned All-America honors for the first time in his career. The sophomore from Charlotte scored a 377.25 to finish seventh in the platform event.

Zach McGinnis and Gregory Mahon both qualified for the finals in their respective events. McGinnis finished 14th in the 200 backstroke and received honorable mention All-America honors. Mahon scored for Tech in the finals to be named honorable mention All-American in the 200 butterfly. The junior touched the wall at the 1:45.50 mark after he set a career-best 1:44.42 in the prelims.

As a team, the H2Okies scored 55 points to finish 18th, which is the best in program history at the NCAAs. California took the gold with a total of 535.5 points, and Texas took home the silver with 491.

What a great weekend for our men swimmers and divers,” Tech head swimming coach Ned Skinner said. “Every man scored for the team, and Logan Shinholser has emerged as an elite diver in the country.”

Several members of the women’s team competed at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships held in Auburn, Ala., on March 15-18, and two divers and a swimmer earned All-America honors.

The two divers included Logan Kline and Kaylea Arnett, while the swimmer was Heather Savage. Those three, along with a few other Tech female swimmers who qualified for the championships, helped Tech to an 18th-place finish with 52 points. California won the national championship with 412.5 points, while Georgia finished second.

Kline, a junior from Mission Hills, Kan., placed seventh in the 1-meter event, scoring 304.10 points in the finals. She also earned honorable mention honors in the 3-meter event, finishing in 16th place.

Arnett, a freshman from Spring, Texas, and the ACC champion in the 1-meter event, got first-team honors when she finished sixth in the platform event. After placing eighth in the preliminaries, Arnett brought in a score of 285 points to place sixth. She came in 11th in the 1-meter with a score of 302.90 points and received honorable mention All-America honors in that event.

Freshman Kelli Stockton received honorable mention All-America honors, as she placed 11th in the platform event for Tech. The Fairfax, Va., native scored 280.40 in the finals.

Savage earned the first All-America honor of her career when she finished seventh in the 100 butterfly event. After placing eighth in the preliminaries with a time of 52.31 seconds, the junior from Canadaigua, N.Y., bettered her time by .15 seconds to claim seventh place.