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Three Women's Athletes Wrap Up Collegiate Swim Season at National Championships


The third and final day of the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships is complete and three Big West athletes wrapped up the collegiate swim season with stellar performances. The Championships were held at the Student Recreation Center Natatorium on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

UC Davis junior Heidi Kucera wrapped up her time in Texas with an 18th place finish in the 200 breast, finishing the event in 2:10.95, which was her second-fastest time of the season and left her just 0.14 seconds off a top-16 mark and an honorable mention All-America nod. Kucera finished 54th in the 200 individual medley and 24th in the 100 breast during the first two days, respectively.

Senior Katy Freeman ended her UC Santa Barbara swimming career with an eighth place finish in the 200 breast, netting her All-America honors and setting a school and conference record in the process.

In the event's preliminaries on Saturday morning, Freeman swam her way to the No. 3 seed into the evening's finals with a school and Big West Conference record-setting time of 2:08.50, which was .62 seconds faster than her previous record. During the final, Freeman took eighth in a time of 2:10.12. The All-America honor is the first career mention for Freeman.

UCSB junior Anne Marie May also competed on Saturday in the 100 freestyle. May placed 35th in the event's preliminary heats during the morning with a time of 49.20, missing her personal best and school record time by .43 seconds.