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March 23, 2013

Lindgren Takes Second in 200 Backstroke; Relay Team Named Honorable Mention All-Americans

Shenandoah, TX – USMMA sophomore Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, FL) touched the wall second in the 200 backstroke to earn his second All-America award of the 2013 NCAA Championships.  Lindgren's time of 1:45.72 not only reestablished his own Academy and Landmark Conference records, but would have broken the NCAA record before this year's championship meet began.  The 400 freestyle relay team of Lindgren, Sean Minor (Fort Myers, FL), Alvaro Brice (The Woodlands, TX), Blake Krell (Fort Myers FL) and Joshua McCormick (Granite Bay, CA) all saw action as the Mariners finished 16th to give them the title of Honorable Mention All-Americans.

Lindgren was the fourth seed in the 200 backstroke heading into the morning's preliminaries and swam 1:46.73.  The time ranked him in the same position heading into the finals, putting the sophomore in lane six in the championship heat.  Just as he did in yesterday's 100 backstroke championship, Lindgren swam the strongest final leg in the 200 backstroke final with a split of 27.16 seconds.  However, Michael Brus of Grinnell set a new Division III record, clocking in at 1:44.81 to earn the national title as the only competitor ahead of Lindgren.

The 400 freestyle relay team also matched its seed entering the event with their performance in the preliminaries.  The USMMA squad squeezed into the consolation final with a time of 3:03.38, the 16th fastest time among the morning heats.  In that consolation final it was Lindgren and Minor who swam the two fastest legs in 45.73 seconds and 45.75 seconds, respectively.

As a team the Mariners finished with 34 total points, ranking them 24th in NCAA Division III.