Knoxville, Tenn. – St. Mary's College of Maryland sophomore swimmer Kelly Heyde (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) placed 17th in her second event at the NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday morning, falling just one spot short of All-America status.
Heyde continued her second consecutive appearance at the NCAA championships by competing in the 400 individual medley, her top event. Entering this morning's preliminaries seeded 14th in the event, Heyde finished the morning trials with a 17th-place finish in 4:32.15 and, unfortunately, only the top 16 finishers in the trial advance to the finals.
This morning's placement was an eight-spot improvement from last season's 25th-place finish in the same event. Heyde missed the call back for tonight's finals by just seven-hundredths of a second.
The national championships are being held at the world-class Allan Jones Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville until March 26.
Only one event remains for Heyde – the 200 butterfly, entering the competition seeded 19th (2:05.52).
Heyde continues action tomorrow morning with the 200 fly. Last season, she registered a 27th-place finish.
Event trials begin at 10:00 am with finals starting at 6:00 pm.