Three All-American Finishes Highlight Blugolds' Final Day at Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Blugolds.com) – Three All-American finishes highlighted the UW-Eau Claire men's and women's swimming & diving teams' final day at the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships today.
Alex Card (So.-Prior Lake, Minn.) led the Blugolds as he finished as a first-team All-American, completing the 200-yard breaststroke in seventh place. He finished with a time of 2:03.66 in the finals but had a time of 2:02.95 in prelims, which set a school record. The old school record was 2:03.93, set by Wes Sinclair in 1990. The last time a Blugold men's swimmer captured first-team All-American honors was in 2002.
Nicole Dorvinen (Sr.-Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) swam in the 1,650-yard freestyle and finished in 12th place to earn All-American honorable mention recognition with a time of 17:16.22. She ends her career with the Blugolds as a five-time individual All-American (two first team, three honorable mention) and overall as a seven-time All-American, including relays.
The women's 400-yard freestyle relay team took home All-American honorable mention status as they came in 16th place. The group of Grace Fair (Jr.-Monticello, Minn.), Kristin Peters (So.-Farmington, Minn.), Kirsten Lickel (Sr.-Madison, Wis./East) and Julia Olson (Sr.-Faribault, Minn.) finished in a time of 3:33.19.
Earlier in the day, Fair also competed in the 100-yard freestyle preliminaries and finished in 37th place with a time of 52.82 seconds.
As a team, the Blugold women tied for 28th place with 21 points while the men tied for 32nd place with 21 points. The men's finish is their best since the 2008-09 season when they also took 32nd.