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Result: 25th; Zicafoose 3rd in 100 Back, 6th in 200 Back

Women's Swimming and Diving at NCAA Division III Championships

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 – All Day at Nashville, Tenn. - Allan Jones Aquatic Center

Zicafoose All-American Twice Over; Finishes Third in 100 Back, Sixth in 200 Back

Swimming & Diving: 2011 NCAA Championship logo

NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship Central
(includes links to live video, live results, and more)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Kale Zicafoose (Sr./Omaha, Neb./Westside) capped off her fantastic senior year by finishing sixth in the 200-yard backstroke at the 2011 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

Zicafoose earned her second All-America citation in as many nights, after finishing third in Friday night’s 100-yard backstroke. The 2011 MIAC Championships “Swimmer of the Meet” was seeded fifth after posting a morning preliminary time of 2:01.93, and ended sixth in the evening championship finals by touching home in 2:02.11.

She ends her career as a four-time individual All-American, having earning All-America finishes in the 2009 NCAA Championships in the 200-yard backstroke and at the 2010 NCAA Championships in the 100-yard backstroke. She is the 11th Carleton woman to collect at least four All-America awards.

Zicafoose’s finishes accumulated 29 points, good enough to finish 25th overall as Carleton’s representative at the national meet.

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Carleton College Women to earn 4+ All-America Honors      
11 Marie Marsman ’04 swimming & diving
9 Aminah Ricks ’94 indoor/outdoor track and field
8 Anna Prineas ’89 cross country, indoor/outdoor track and field
8 Simone Childs-Walker ’12   cross country, indoor/outdoor track and field
7 Jenny Grover ’06 swimming & diving
6 Emily Mondloh ’05 swimming & diving
5 Sandra Helquist ’00 indoor/outdoor track and field
5 Andrea Barbera ’05 swimming & diving
4 Kim Gillen ’85 swimming & diving
4 Angie Soucek ’02 swimming & diving

Kale Zicafoose '11

swimming & diving

Friday Recap:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Kale Zicafoose (Sr./Omaha, Neb./Westside) had two goals when it came to the 100-yard backstroke at the 2011 NCAA Championships: finish in the top three and go sub-56 seconds.

Mission accomplished on both fronts.

Zicafoose, seeded eighth after the morning prelims, finished third in the evening finals in 55.84, breaking her own school record, setting a new MIAC overall recod, and recording her top career national-meet finish. It marked the second straight season she’s earned All-America honors in the 100 backstroke and the third time she’s earned a top-eight NCAA Championships finish in her career.

“I can't think of a more perfect way to have finished my last 100 backstroke,” Zicafoose said. “Everything fell exactly into place just how I wanted.

“This morning, I was incredibly nervous and not relaxed, but going into finals I was much more calm and confident knowing I could only move up,” she added. “Once I nailed my first turn I knew it was going to be a good swim. I gave it everything I had and am so thrilled with the result! I couldn't have done it without the support of my teammates and my phenomenal coaches.”

Zicafoose narrowly made it into the championship finals, as those nerves led to her swimming a prelim time of 56.60, moving her to the finals by 0.15 seconds. Once in the finals, though, she shined, out-touching Andrea Peterson of Illinois Wesleyan University by 0.03 seconds for third. First-year swimmer Maggie Rosenbaum of Hamilton touched home first in 55.21, while fellow rookie Sadie Nennig from Emory finished second in 55.80.

Zicafoose caps her career in Saturday’s 200-yard backstroke. She finished seventh in the event at the 2009 NCAA Championships and will look to end her career with a fourth individual All-America citation.


Thursday Recap:

Carleton College senior Kale Zicafoose (Omaha, Neb./Westside) opened the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships with the second-fastest 100-yard butterfly time in school history. She touched the wall at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center at 57.98, placing her 32nd out of 41 swimmers participating in the event.

Zicafoose established the program record of 57.67 in the 100 butterfly at the 2011 MIAC Championships.

This is her fourth trip to nationals, and she has her top two events remaining. She is the fourth seed in Friday’s 100-yard backstroke and the seventh seed in Saturday’s 200-yard backstroke.

Zicafoose earned seventh-place finishes in the 200 backstroke in 2009 and in the 100 backstroke in 2010, earning her All-America honors individually both times. In 2008 and 2009, she participated in six relays that earned All-America honorable mention status, and she also earned that accolade in last year’s 200 backstroke.