March 17, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. -
Senior Cowgirl swimmer Kelsey Conci finished her tremendous Wyoming career at the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, with the 100 freestyle. She finished the 100 freestyle preliminaries in 51st place with a time of 50.01.
"We were hoping (Kelsey) would go a little faster today," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "I am proud because she gave it all she could but just wasn't fast enough."
Conci finished the NCAA Championship action with the 100 free finishing 51st (50.01). She had an excellent weekend of racing beginning on Thursday, with the 50 freestyle. She placed 31st in the 50 free preliminaries with a time of 22.61. She went on to earn her second-consecutive Honorable Mention All-America honors on Friday, in the 100 backstroke. She placed ninth in the preliminaries with a time of 52.36 and moved on to take first in the consolation final with a time of 52.12. Her swim was the fastest in Mountain West Conference and Wyoming school history and finished her in ninth place overall. She became the first-ever Cowgirl to earn consecutive Honorable Mention All-America honors. She also earned nine team points for the Cowgirls.
"Overall (Kelsey) had a great weekend," Johnson said. "It is always exciting to be at this meet and I am very excited she earned Honorable Mention All-America honors two years in a row. She really has established our program on a national level. Hopefully we can continue to keep sending ladies to this meet every year and swimming at the highest level in the sport."
The conclusion of Conci's racing at the NCAA Women's Championships finishes the Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving season. Cowboy swimmer Brandon Fischer will be the last Wyoming swimmer to compete this season at next week's NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Seattle, Wash., beginning Thursday, March 22nd.