Indianapolis, IN – Junior Kevin Lindgren (Palm City, FL) continued his stellar week at the 2014 NCAA Championships with another All-American performance on Friday, finishing eighth in the 100 backstroke. Lindgren took fourth on Wednesday in the 200 IM and is already a two-time All-American with his strongest event, the 200 backstroke, coming tomorrow. Freshman Stone Hewitt (Destin, FL) also saw action Friday with a 20th-place showing in the 100 breaststroke, narrowly missing Honorable Mention All-American accolades.
Lindgren secured his spot in the 100 back finals with a time of 48.96 seconds in his preliminary heat. The junior swam .04 seconds faster in the championship race to take home eighth-place. Lindgren's swim was just .1 seconds off of his lifetime best.
Hewitt swam 26.71 seconds over the first 50 yards of his 100 breaststroke preliminary. The USMMA freshman ultimately hit the wall in 56.55 seconds, only .13 seconds away from 16th place and distinction as an Honorable Mention All-American. Merchant Marine currently has 26 points in the competition and sits in 23rd place at the 2014 NCAA Championships.
Lindgren will be seeded fourth in the field entering tomorrow's 200 backstroke prelims, which take place on the final day of action. Hewitt will be one of just five freshmen in the field of the 200 breaststroke, where he is seeded 28th in a field of 34 swimmers.