Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Amazing Double Feature

Multiple-sport athletes are not unusual at the collegiate level, especially in Division III, where we encourage the concept as much as possible. In most cases, an athlete will run cross country and also participate in track, or perhaps track and football. The NCAC has also had a few women's soccer and basketball or volleyball and women's basketball participants. However, some athletes forge their own unique paths. Earlier this year, we shared the stories of Ohio Wesleyan's Xander Jones who is playing football, men's soccer and baseball this fall and of Wooster men's men's basketball standout Tim Vandervaart, who is closing out his career on the soccer field.

This week, we feature another out-of-the-ordinary dual-sport athlete, one who has kicked off her collegiate career with enormous success.

Kenyon freshman Lauren Brady pulled off a remarkable feat this past weekend. Saturday morning, she placed second in the NCAC cross country championship race, amongst a field of 101 runners on the 6,000-meter course.

She then turned to the pool for the Ladies double dual meet with NCAA Division I powers Ohio University and Ohio State University later that afternoon. In the first dual meets of her collegiate career, Brady cleared the NCAA Division III provisional qualifying standards in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.04) and the 100-yard butterfly (58.47). Her time in the 200 was her personal best by 1.7 seconds.

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