March 17, 2001
Long Island, N.Y. – Irish junior Kelly Hecking placed 13th today, earning honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 backstroke on the final day of the 2001 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Hecking joins teammates Marie Labosky and Heather Mattingly in garnering honorable mention All-America honors.
Hecking, who placed 18th in the 100 backstroke, qualified 11th in the morning preliminary swim but fell to 13th in the evening session with a time of 1:58.28. After setting the American and NCAA record in the 100 backstroke yesterday, California freshman Natalie Coughlin set another American and NCAA record in the 200 backstroke finishing first in 1:51.02.
Freshman Marie Labosky concluded her first NCAA meet by finishing 31st in the 1,650 freestyle with a time 17:03.76. Earlier in the weekend, she placed 11th in the 400 individual medley, earning honorable mention All-America status, and 20th in the 200 individual medley.
Junior Heather Mattingly also competed for the Irish at the NCAA Championships in both the one-meter and three-meter diving competition. Mattingly placed 24th in the one-meter event and was an honorable mention All-American in the three-meter competition after placing 12th.