June 7, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - University of Wyoming swimming and diving associate head coach Matt Leach and senior swimmer Kelsey Conci were honored in the 2011-12 edition of Profiles In Excellence magazine. Leach was honored as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation sending two athletes to the NCAA Championships. Conci was honored as a nominee for the career improvement award for greatly improving in the 100 backstroke throughout her years swimming at UW. The Cowgirl swimming and diving team was also mentioned as a program nominated for the breakout team award.
Leach, a native of Portland, Ore., will enter his fourth season with UW swimming and diving in 2012-13. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2011-12 season. During his time a UW, Leach has sent two athletes to the NCAA Championships in three consecutive seasons. In 2010, sprint freestyle swimmer Cassie Stelow was the first Leach coached athlete and the first Cowgirl swimmer in 18 seasons to make the championships. In 2011 and '12, he coached Conci to consecutive Honorable Mention All-American honors in the 100 backstroke.
"I nominated Matt this last year because he has been a tremendous asset to this program," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "As a program we had not had an NCAA qualifier in 18 years on the women's side and since he has been here we have had two. He coached Kelsey to consecutive (Honorable Mention) All-America honors. I am thrilled to have him a part of this program."
Conci, a native of Craig, Colo., concluded her Cowgirl career and one of the most decorated swimmers in history. Conci was honored by the Profiles In Excellence magazine for her career improvement in the 100 backstroke in which she improved seven seconds from her freshman to senior years. At the 2012 NCAA Championships, she became the first Cowgirl to earn consecutive Honorable Mention All-America Honors. She is the two-time reigning Mountain West Champion in the 100 backstroke and holds the MW, UW and Corbett Pool records in that event. She is also a three-time All-MW honoree. Conci will compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trails.
"I am shocked Kelsey didn't win the career improvement award," Johnson said. "There has been no female swimmer that has improved more throughout their career than Kelsey. I am proud of how she has represented this program for the last four years. She has really put Cowgirl swimming on the map."
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