March 12, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Senior swimmers Kelsey Conci and Brandon Fischer will represent Wyoming swimming at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Conci will compete first Thursday-Saturday, March 15-17 at the women's championships in Auburn, Ala. Fischer will compete at the men's championships in Seattle, Wash., Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24. Conci and Fischer become the first-ever Cowgirl and Cowboy swimming duo to compete at the NCAA Championships in the same year. This season is also the first time Wyoming swimming and diving has sent a Cowgirl and Cowboy to each respective meet in back-to-back seasons.
"Our goal for these kids is to go to the championships and have their best times across the board," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "If we do that I know we can score and make some noise."
Info about Conci and the women's championships:
Conci, a native of Craig, Colo., will compete at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. She enters the meet with the 11th-fastest time in the NCAA in the 100-yard backstroke at 52.47. She qualified for the championships with an "A" qualifying time in the 100 back leading off the 400 medley relay. She also went on to win the Mountain West Championship in the 100 backstroke. She will also swim in the 50 and 100 freestyle at the championships. Her 50 freestyle time of 22.56 is 34th in the NCAA, while her 100 free time of 49.85 is 67th.
This will be Conci's second NCAA Championship appearance in as many seasons. She competed last season at the championships earning Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 100 backstroke placing 10th with a MW and UW school record of 52.36. She became the first Cowgirl to earn Honorable Mention honors in 19 seasons (Norma Hughes, 1992). She joins Hughes (1991-92) and Pam Christensen (1974-75) as the only Cowgirls to make consecutive NCAA Championships. She is also poised to become the first Cowgirl to earn consecutive All-America honors.
"I think Kelsey had a great shot to get in the top eight in the 100 back and even win the whole thing," Johnson said. "We know the ladies she will be swimming against because she has swam against all of these girls at some point in the last 12 months. After what she did last year she seems really confident and I am confident in her. I know she is excited and we as coaches are excited."
Info about Fischer and the men's championships:
Fischer, a native of Livermore, Calif., will swim in his first NCAA men's Championship at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Seattle, Wash. He qualified for the meet with the 16th-fastest time in the nation in the 200 breaststroke of 1:55.75. He will also compete in the 100 breaststroke in which is 32nd in the NCAA of 54.67. Fischer also qualified for the championships in the 200 individual medley with the 58th-fastest time of 1:47.91.
Fischer is the first Cowboy swimmer to compete at the NCAA Championships since Olympian Scott Usher (2003-05). He becomes the 13th Cowboy to qualify for the NCAA Championships and sixth to qualify in the breaststroke events.
"I thought Brandon was easily in but they didn't go as deep this year as they normally do and he snuck in," Johnson said. "When I saw the final cut I was relieved that he made it in. I know with Brandon having his conference championships so early in February that he was able to have a great training period. I am very excited for him. This has been long overdue."