SWIM/DIVE: Wixted earns All-America Honors in 200 breaststroke
Posted March 23, 2014
Senior swimmer Christine Wixted concluded her collegiate career in historic fashion Saturday, garnering honorable mention All-America accolades in the 200-yard breaststroke on the final night of competition at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship.
A two-time All-ACC performer in the 200 breaststroke, Wixted broke her own school record in the event during Saturday morning’s preliminaries at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center with a 2:09.11 clocking. That performance earned her a spot in the consolation finals, where she secured her first All-America honors with a 16th-place finish (2:11.68).
Wixted became the fourth member of the Duke women’s swimming and diving program to earn All-America distinction, joining three-time All-American Nancy Hogshead (1981), three-time All-American Ashley Twichell (2008, 2010, 2011) and five-time All-American Abby Johnston (2009, 2010, 2011).
The Greenwood Village, Colo., native scored one point for the Blue Devil women, placing the program tied for 51st in the final team standings.
Fellow senior Lauren Weaver also closed her outstanding collegiate career on a high note, eclipsing the program record in the 100 freestyle during Saturday morning’s trials. Weaver tapped the wall at 49.32 to drop .43 seconds from her ACC Championship time of 49.75 and come in 42nd overall, moving up 27 spots from her seeded position.
Along with Wixted and Weaver, sophomores Kathryn Eckhart and Chelsea Ye and freshmen Maddie Rusch and Jessie Sutherland also competed at the 2014 NCAA Championship, marking the highest number of participants in program history.
Georgia won its second consecutive NCAA team title, totaling 528 points over the three days of action, while Stanford finished second (402.5) and California third (386).
Seniors Hunter Knight and Nick McCrory of the Duke men’s program will travel to Austin, Texas next week for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship.