February 24, 2006 - First-year Lauren Griffin qualified for the 2006 NCAA Division III Diving Championships, to be held March 9-11 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Griffin has placed first or second at nearly every meet this season. She first reached the NCAA qualifying score for the 1-meter event at the Seven Sisters Championship on January 21, earning 436.25 points with 11 dives. She again met the 1-meter mark at the next three meets, versus Wellesley, Smith, and at the NEWMAC Championship. Griffin reached the 3-meter standard at the last meet of the season, tallying 401.25 points at the NEWMAC Championship.
Griffin will compete among the best 35 divers in the nation at this year's NCAA Div. III Championship. She is only the second Mount Holyoke diver to ever qualify for nationals. Elena Giordano '03, the first MHC representative, competed at both the 2002 and 2003 championships. Her best placements were 14th in the 1-meter event and 12th in the 3-meter event.