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March 22, 2013

Lindgren Earns All-America Honors; Finishes Fourth in 100 Backstroke at NCAA Championships

Sophomore Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, FL) twice broke his own Academy record at day three of the NCAA Championships en route to a fourth place finish and All-America accolades in the 100 backstroke.  Lindgren squeezed into the championship final with a then-lifetime best time of 49.43 seconds to earn the eighth-seed following the morning's preliminary heats.  He would go on to post a blistering fast 48.79 seconds and touch the wall fourth in the championship race.

Lindgren finished the opening 50 yards of the finals in 24.10 seconds, putting him behind the rest of the field.  However, he would then display his stamina and turn-in the fastest final 50 yards of the event.  Lindgren's final split of 24.69 seconds put him fourth on the podium and only .17 seconds off the pace of Dylan Davis of Johns Hopkins, who was this year's national champion in the 100 backstroke.

The USMMA swimming team will be in action tomorrow as Lindgren competes in the 200 backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay team races in the final event of the 2013 NCAA Championships.