Keire Wraps-Up at NCAA Championships

March 24, 2014


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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -Freshman Jackie Keire concluded competition in three events at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming Championships over the weekend, highlighted by a 23rd-place finish in the 200 freestyle.

Swimming against fields that include past national champions and Olympians, Keire held her own heading to the national meet after winning a pair of American Athletic Conference individual titles in Louisville a few weeks ago.

Keire's top finish came in the 200 freestyle, where she placed 23rd with a time of 1:45.65. She was just .47 seconds away from qualifying from the B-Final in the event while swimming just off her time of 1:44.73 that won a conference title. The 200 freestyle was won by California's four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin in a record time.

Keire earned a 36th-place finish in the 100 freestyle, clocking in a preliminary time of 49.06. She also completed the 500 freestyle in 4:46.63 to place 47th.

The trio of NCAA qualifications caps a stellar season for the freshman, who in addition to winning two conference titles, now holds the school record in the 200 free (1:44.73) and anchored a school record of 7:17.97 in the 4x200 freestyle relay (along with Weronika Wasiakowska, Hope Andrews and Jessica Piper).

Keire is not quite ready for the offseason yet, as she will head to the 2014 Canadian Swimming Trials. The national meet will be held Wednesday-Saturday, April 2-5, in Victoria, British Columbia.