Women Swimmers & Divers Earn All-American Status
Wildcats make presence felt at NCAA championships.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 17, 2000) -- Five members of the University of Kentucky swimming and diving team earned honorable mention All-American status Friday night at the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.
Junior Carrie Knoeber, competing in her first NCAA championship meet, recorded a score of 462.20 on the 3-meter diving event to finish 14th, earning honorable mention All-American honors.
"I thought she did an excellent job considering her performance on the first day," UK diving coach Mike Lyden said. "To come back and dive they way she did was admirable. Being just 10 points from finishing in the top eight, showed that she really belonged at the meet."
UK's 800-meter freestyle relay comprised of Annabel Kosten, Melissa Olson, Carolyn Rader, and Kelley Miller, finished 12th with a time of 8:11.23 to earn honorable mention All-American status. This is the third consecutive year that UK's 800 freestyle relay has finished in the top 16 at the NCAA Championships. "I am really proud of the girls," UK swimming coach Gary Conelly said. "They did a great job of competing tonight. Carolyn's split was exceptional and gave us a lead. Kelley anchored the relay and closed out her career an All-American."
With the Cats' strong performances on Friday, UK is now 30th overall in the team standings with 13 points.
This is the first year the NCAA Swimming Championships have used the short course meters racing course as opposed to the 25-yard course.
Preliminaries on Saturday will begin at 11 a.m. with finals set for 7 p.m. Complete meet results can be found on the official website of the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at www.ncaachampionships.com.