MINNEAPOLIS – Senior swimmer Christine Wixted concluded her collegiate career in historic fashion Saturday, garnering honorable mention All-America accolades in the 200-yard breaststroke on the final night of competition at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship.
A two-time All-ACC performer in the 200 breaststroke, Wixted broke her own school record in the event during Saturday morning’s preliminaries at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center with a 2:09.11 clocking. That performance earned her a spot in the consolation finals, where she secured her first All-America honors with a 16th-place finish (2:11.68).
Wixted became the fourth member of the Duke women’s swimming and diving program to earn All-America distinction, joining three-time All-American Nancy Hogshead (1981), three-time All-American Ashley Twichell (2008, 2010, 2011) and five-time All-American Abby Johnston (2009, 2010, 2011).
The Greenwood Village, Colo., native scored one point for the Blue Devil women, placing the program tied for 51st in the final team standings.
Fellow senior Lauren Weaver also closed her outstanding collegiate career on a high note, eclipsing the program record in the 100 freestyle during Saturday morning’s trials. Weaver tapped the wall at 49.32 to drop .43 seconds from her ACC Championship time of 49.75 and come in 42nd overall, moving up 27 spots from her seeded position.
"What a way to finish up the meet," said head coach Dan Colella. "Both seniors finishing up their careers with Duke University - we're incredibly proud and we're going to miss them. They've done so much for the program over these last four years. For the two of them to finish up by breaking school records - Lauren in the 100 freestyle and for Chrisine to not only break the school record but be able to come back at night in finals and put Duke up on the scoreboard was quite an accomplishment."
Along with Wixted and Weaver, sophomores Kathryn Eckhart and Chelsea Ye and freshmen Maddie Rusch and Jessie Sutherland also competed at the 2014 NCAA Championship, marking the highest number of participants in program history.
"I'm very excited that we had the opportunity, after a year of reall hard work, to get six people here to NCAAs," Colella said. "This is experience that is invalualble and hopefully we'll just continue to reap the benefits down the road."
Georgia won its second consecutive NCAA team title, totaling 528 points over the three days of action, while Stanford finished second (402.5) and California third (386).
Additional coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championship will air on ESPNU Wednesday, Apr. 2 at 9 p.m.