March 11, 2006

Walters & Landman Earn All-America Honors on Day 3 of NCAA Women's Swimming Championships

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Franklin & Marshall College's Jenna Walters (Jr., Hershey, PA/Hershey) finished ninth in the 100 freestyle and Kelly Landman (Jr., Paoli, PA/Conestoga) placed 15th in the 200 butterfly to earn All-America honors on the third and final day of the 2006 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming Championships hosted by Carleton College at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Landman finished in 2:09.24 in the 200 butterfly to earn the second All-America honor of her career as she finished in 4:34.37 to place 11th in the 400 individual medley at the 2005 NCAA Championships hosted by Hope College at the Holland Community Aquatic Center.

Walters earned her third All-America certificate and third Centennial Conference and Franklin & Marshall College record of the championships after finishing fifth in the 500 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle, while Landman picked up her first All-America honor.

The 2005 Centennial Conference Outstanding Performer of the Meet, Walters reset her own Centennial Conference and Franklin & Marshall record time of 52.43 set in the prelims of the 100 freestyle by racing to the wall in 52.40 to place first in the "B" final and ninth overall.

Her time was the fifth fastest in the finals, as she bettered the marks of the 5-8 place finishers in the "A" final.

The All-America honors marks the seventh of her career as she previously garnered honors in the 500 and 200 freestyle at the 2004, 2005 and 2006 national championships.

On the first day of the 2006 championships, she touched the wall in 4:58.99 to place fifth in the finals and earn All-America honors in the 500 yard freestyle.

The honor marked the third time in as many years that Walters garnered All-America honors in the 500 free as she placed fourth (5:01.68) in 2005 and eighth (5:08.41) in 2004.

Seeded fourth in the 500 freestyle after recording a school record time of 4:58.91 in the preliminaries, she entered the championships seeded second in the event with a time of 4:59.30 from the Centennial Conference Championships at the Kunkel Aquatic Center.

Overall, her time in the preliminaries broke the previous school record of 4:59.30, which she set at the Centennial Conference Championships at the Kunkel Aquatic Center.

She garnered another All-America certificate on day two of the championships as she touched the wall in 1:52.33 to finish third in the 200 freestyle.

The time was slightly off her school and Centennial Conference records in the event (1:52.57) which she set in the preliminaries.

Historically, Franklin & Marshall will leave Minneapolis with six All-America certificates as Walters achieved top 16 in the 500 free, 200 free and 100 free, while Landman garnered honors in the 200 butterfly and Brittany McCabe (Fr., Lansdale, PA/Germantown Academy) earned All-America honors in the 100 butterfly (16th) and the 100 backstroke (58.98).

Competing in her first intercollegiate season, McCabe made a splash on the national scene as she placed 16th in a time of 59.39 in the 100 butterfly following a preliminary race in which she broke the Franklin & Marshall College of 58.78 set by Jen Gareis '92 at the 1991 National Championships.

She returned to the pool in the 100 backstroke and placed eighth in a time of 58.98 to pick up her second All-America honor.

Franklin & Marshall concludes the championships in 21st place as the Diplomats scored a school record 53 points as the team improved seven places from the team's 28th place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships.

Complete results of the prelims and the finals are available online at http://www.ncaasports.com/swimming/womens/championship-results/2006/d3/div3