Goldthorpe Earns All-America Status
- By Grant Dovey
- March 26, 2011 10:13 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore Jared Goldthorpe of the West Virginia University men’s swimming team was named an Honorable Mention All-America with his 10th-place finish in the 200 backstroke at the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., this evening.
“It was just a great swim. Jared gave himself an opportunity by swimming well this morning and he took advantage of that tonight,” coach Vic Riggs said. “I’m very pleased and proud of how he has handled this week.”
Goldthorpe finished the consolation finals in second place (10th overall) in a school record time of 1:42.17, after placing 15th (1:43.07) in the preliminary session this morning.
“We talked about getting out faster and working his turns better and fortunately he did both of those,” Riggs said. “However, the difference was made with his last 100 being .80 faster than this morning.”
Goldthorpe earned seven points for West Virginia in the championships. He also swam the 500 free, taking 36th in a time of 4:23.57.
The New South Wales, Australia, native, becomes the first Mountaineer men’s swimmer since Michael Walker in 2009 to earn Honorable Mention All-America status.
The meet concludes the 2010-11 West Virginia swimming and diving season. The men finished the season 4-2 in dual meets and fourth in the BIG EAST Championships, while the women finished 2-7, but earned third place at the BIG EAST Championships.
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