Miller Earns All-American Status on Day Two of NCAA Championships
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sophomore Chelsie Miller swam to a 15th-pace finish in the 400-yard individual medley (4:10.55) Friday night inside the Minnesota Aquatic Center at the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships earning the first All-America honors for KU since Iuliaa Kuzhill in 2010.
Miller boasted a qualifying time of 4:09.64 in the morning session and sat in 13th place heading into the evening’s finals.
“She did what she needed to do this morning to get a lane tonight,” head coach Clark Campbell. “It may not have been the time she was shooting for but she earned All-American status, which is tremendous for her. Coming off the first day, it’s not unusual to be a little lethargic. There were people adding time all over the place, but to her credit she was able to stay focused and keep the race in her lane.”
The last All-American, Kuzhill, broke two school records with her ninth-place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke at the 2010 NCAA Championships and earned All-America Honorable Mention Accolades. Miller hopes to build upon her achievements tonight and finish strong in her final event tomorrow.
“She has had a very successful season,” Campbell said. “She’s our first All-American in four years. The pressure is off now because she achieved what she was working for. We just want her to stay focused now and go in to tomorrow and get a best time. We are ecstatic that the first time she has been here she was named an All-American. It will give her momentum going into the summer and next year.”
The sophomore will compete in the 1650-yard freestyle tomorrow. She placed 2nd in the event at the Big 12 Championships (16:22.44) and was one of the three school records she broke at the meet.
Day three of the NCAA Championships will begin with preliminary races starting at 11 a.m., with finals to be swam at 7 p.m.
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