Kelsey Potdevin earns All-American honor for 100 backstroke

Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Colby College senior Kelsey Potdevin, a 2005 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, broke her own school record in a preliminary race earlier in the day and then earned All-America honors by placing eighth in the championship final in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at University of Minnesota on Friday night.

Potdevin finished with a time of 56.92 in the preliminary race to qualify eighth for the final. She edged out the 9th place finisher by just .01 seconds. She then had a time of 57.27 in the final during the evening session.

She also placed 35th in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday at the University of Minnesota.

Potdevin has raced all four years of her Colby career at the NCAA meet. She holds school records in the 50, 100, and 200 backstroke events. Potdevin will swim the 200 backstroke in her final races for Colby on Saturday.

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