NMU diver Kearney takes third at NCAA meet

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Northern Michigan University sophomore diver Molly Kearney earned All-American status Thursday after finishing third in the one-meter dive at the NCAA Division II Championship meet.

Kearney tallied 452.35 points in the event and was one tenth of a point from second place.

“Molly did a fantastic job today,” NMU head coach Heidi Voigt said. “She was very consistent and worked hard in all of the dives. She fought through some shaky dives in the prelims and was so close to getting second.”

Freshman Crystal Bennet was one spot away from becoming an All-America in the 100-yard butterfly after finishing ninth in 55.8 seconds.

Sophomore Madisen Sechena took 12th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:28.22.

“I was really happy with our two swimmers today,” Voigt said. “It’s hard to come back and swim faster in the night session but both Crystal and Maddie did that tonight. Crystal won her heat and that was exciting.”

Bennet is the lone Wildcat in action today, racing in the 100 breaststroke.

As a team, the Wildcats have 30 points and sit in 20th place at the halfway point.