Portsmouth Herald & seacoastonline.com: 'Exeter grad Travers will dive into NCAA championships'

Not really, though, if you're Emily Travers.

"It's my main event," says the 22-year-old from Brentwood and senior captain of the Bentley University women's swimming and diving team.

Travers achieved a long-sought-after goal a few weeks ago when she qualified for the 2011 Division II Swimming and Diving Championships, which are being held in San Antonio, Texas, in March.

She broke her only school record by 75 points to earn that distinction

She also qualified off the 1-meter board at the same meet, and earned "Diver of the Week" honors in the Northeast-10 Conference.

"Diver of the Week" honors, however, have been a pretty common occurrence for Travers during her time at Bentley. Qualifying for the nationals is much more rewarding for the Exeter High School graduate. She'll be one of 25 to 30 divers from across the country who will be competing.

Travers, a former gymnast, dived for Exeter High, but "I was horrible in high school," says Travers. "I started getting better when I got to Bentley."

She admits it was a little daunting at first standing on the 3-meter board for the very first time, but it didn't take her long at all to feel comfortable.

If there is a goal for Travers at the nationals it's to finish in the top 16. That would at least get her into the second day of competition, which is being held at the Palo Alto Natotorium.

She'll graduate this spring with a degree in marketing, but that doesn't appear where her future lies. She's planning to become a medical student after taking a year off from her studies.

And dare say, a leap into med school, might be just a little more daunting than a leap off a 3-meter board.

(www.seacoastonline.com)