MINNEAPOLIS – Swimming for one of the final times in his collegiate career, senior Jackson Kowalski (Keizer, Ore./McNary) set a new school record in the 100yd backstroke during preliminaries at the 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday morning at University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Kowalski recorded the 12th quickest time of the morning with a 50.69 to break Ben Johnson’s previous record of 50.71, set in 1998. By virtue of his record-breaking time, Kowalski earned a spot in Friday night’s consolation final.
In the consolation final, Kowalski seeming ran out of juice but still finished eighth with a time of 51.17 to earn HM All-American honors for the second year in a row.
Freshman Tracy Wormwood (Elk River, Minn.) also swam on Friday morning, improving her seed time in the 100yd breaststroke with a mark of 1:06.23 but falling short of qualifying for the evening’s finals.
Both Kowalski and Wormwood will be in action on the final day of action on Saturday. Kowalski is set to swim the 200yd backstroke while Wormwood will be competing in the 200yd breaststroke. Preliminaries are set for 10:00 a.m. CDT with the final session set to begin at 6:00 p.m. CDT.