Story courtesy of Toledo Media Relations
AUSTIN, TX - After making history on Friday by becoming the first Rocket to advance to the final heats, Toledo junior Laura Lindsay was officially named an All-American in the 100 Breaststroke as the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships came to a close on Saturday evening in Austin. With the honor, Lindsay becomes just the third Rocket to earn the elite status of All-American, joining divers Megan McKinley (2008) and Reyna Smith (1995).
"I knew going into the meet that if I really concentrated on my races I had a chance of making it," said Lindsay of the honor. "Actually doing it though proved to be something I'd never forget."
Lindsay earned the honor following her historic swim on Friday in the 100 Breaststroke. After finishing 12th in the preliminary heat (1:00.33), she placed 15th (1:00.95) in the B Final as the program's first finalist.
Lindsay completed her inaugural NCAA appearance by competing in the 200 Breaststroke on Saturday. She swam 2:11.17 in the preliminary heats to barely miss the cut for her second finals appearance, finishing 18th.
"Being here has been such an eye-opener for how small the MAC world is," Lindsay said. "Having this experience under my belt will prepare me for greater swims to come."
Senior captain Jacy Dyer was also in action on Saturday, competing in the 1650 Free for her final event of the weekend. Swimming the event that originally qualified her for the national meet, Dyer touched in 16:27.02 to finish 31st in her final swim for the Midnight Blue and Gold.
"Even though the meet didn't turn out the way I would have liked it to, I still had a great experience," said Dyer. "It's hard to believe this was my last mile as a Rocket. This was a really fun and fast meet and I'm glad I could be a part of it."
With the championships coming to a close on Saturday, the Rockets and first-year head coach Liz Hinkleman conclude their 2010-11 season with immense confidence looking forward. For Dyer, the meet ends an incredible four-year career and places her as one of the top swimmers in the history of the program. Lindsay on the other hand will move forward into her senior season with valuable experience and the potential to improve even more.
"Both Jacy and Laura did a great job in their first appearance at the NCAA meet," said Hinkleman. "We are proud of Jacy's season and everything that she has given to this program, and for Laura to be named All-American in her first NCAA appearance makes us incredibly excited for the future."