Story courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
SOMERS, Wisc. --
Four Mid-American Conference women's swimmers were named to collegeswimming.com's Mid-Major All-American team on Monday. Kelsey Vehr of Miami, Rachel Heim of Ohio and teammates Jacy Dyer and Laura Lindsay of Toledo all garnered the award. The 19 women and seven men named to the squad earned the honor based on their qualification for the 2011 NCAA Division I Championships. It was the second-fewest number of honorees in the seven years of the program.
Miami University swimming star Kelsey Vehr tied for 20th in the 100-yard breaststroke event at the 2011 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Though Vehr finished second in the sixth of seven heats with a time of 1:00.91, Vehr did not qualify for the finals or consolation finals. There were a total of 49 competitors in the the 100 breaststroke.
Ohio senior swimmer Rachel Heim finished 23rd during the preliminaries of the 100 fly at the NCAA Championships. After helping the Bobcats win the 2011 Mid-American Conference Championship, Heim finished .16 out of a spot in the finals. Heim was invited to compete after qualifying with a time of 52.51 in the time trials, putting her in the 15th spot, overall. Heim won the event for the fourth-consecutive year at the MAC Championships and was named First Team All-MAC.
Dyer and Lindsay earned the honor for qualifying to the NCAA Division I Championships this season as just the third and fourth Rockets to ever reach the final meet. During the Championships, Lindsay also became the first Rocket swimmer - and third Rocket overall - to be named All-American following a 15th-place finish in the 100 Breaststroke. Dyer, meanwhile, qualified in the 1650 Free, 200 Free and 500 Free, finishing 31st, 56th and 35th, respectively, at the NCAA meet.
The following conferences have been designated as Mid-Majors: America East, Atlantic 10, Colonial Athletic Association, Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mountain Pacific, Missouri Valley, Patriot, Sun Belt, Summit, and Western Athletic.