Cowgirl Kelsey Conci Earns Honorable Mention All-American In The 100 Backstroke

March 18, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas -

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Wyoming Cowgirl Swimmer Kelsey Conci became the first Cowgirl to earn Honorable Mention All-American in 19 years, on Friday at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Conci placed 10th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.36, which broke her own Mountain West Conference and UW school record of 52.50.

"I am so proud of Kelsey," Head Wyoming Swimming coach Tom Johnson said. "Her earning Honorable Mention All-America honors is a testament to how good of a kid she is and how hard she works. Also Matt (Leach) did a tremendous job of getting her ready for this meet."

In Friday's 100 back preliminary rounds, Conci swam very well according to Johnson, and placed 16th with a time of 53.28. Her finish was good enough to put her in the `B' heat of the finals.

In the finals, Conci swam in the outside lane of the pool lane eight, and still was able to break her MWC and School record with a time of 52.36. According to Johnson, her time in the finals would have placed her in seventh of the `A' heat.

"Kelsey got put in lane eight in the finals and for some reason that lane was super fast today," Johnson added. "I told her to just go out there and put her foot on the gas."

The NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will continue on Saturday. Conci will be swimming in the 100 freestyle.

For more information or to follow the meet live see the link below:http://www.ncaa.com/sports/swimming-women/d1