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Lindgren Opens NCAA Championships with Fourth-Place Finish in 200 IM

Indianapolis, IN – Junior Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, FL) earned All-American honors in his first event of the 2014 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, taking fourth in the 200 individual medley.  Lindgren established a new Academy record, breaking the old mark in both the preliminaries and finals.  Stone Hewitt (Destin, FL) set a new lifetime best in the 200 IM prelims with a time of 1:57.14.

Lindgren swam in the final heat of Thursday morning's preliminaries and took second, hitting the wall in 1:49.67.  The junior had the fastest backstroke split in the field at 27.01 seconds over the 50-yard span.  Lindgren was the fourth-seed heading into the evening final as all eight swimmers finished their morning heat within 1.1 seconds of the top-seed.

Lindgren notched a swim of 1:49.43 in the final to secure fourth-place and re-break the Academy record.  He closed strong in the freestyle, passing two competitors in the final 50 yards.  Lindgren will still swim the 100 and 200 backstroke at this year's NCAA Championships.

Following the first day of competition, Merchant Marine is 19th in the team standings.  Both Lindgren and Hewitt return to the pool Friday morning.