March 16, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. -
For the second time in as many seasons, senior Cowgirl swimmer Kelsey Conci earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday. Conci placed ninth in the 100 back with a time of 52.12 at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala. With her second-consecutive Honorable Mention All-America honor Conci becomes the first-ever Cowgirl swimmer to earn back-to-back All-America honors. Her finish also scored nine team points for Wyoming finishing it in 30th place of the 45 teams that have scored.
"I am really proud of (Kelsey)," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "She really finished her race a lot better tonight than she did this morning. At the last 25 (yards) of the race she was behind and just found another gear and refused to lose. She just seemed a lot smoother tonight than this morning."
Conci earned a spot in tonight's consolation final by placing ninth in the morning's preliminaries, one place out of the championship final. She finished the prelims with a time of 52.36 and moved on to the consolation final. In the consolation final, she touched the wall first (52.16) giving her ninth place overall. Her finals time of 52.16 not only gave her Honorable Mention All-America honors it is also the fastest swim in Mountain West Conference and Wyoming school history.
"(Kelsey) is really putting Wyoming women's swimming on the map," Johnson said. "She is having success our program has not experienced in 20 years and is really helping to establish us as a national program."
Conci will end her run at the NCAA Women's Championships with the 100 freestyle on Saturday. The preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. MT with the finals to follow at 6 p.m. MT Saturday night.
"We are going to get her ready for the 100 free tomorrow and see if she can't make it back to the finals again," Johnson said.