Nelson finishes 10th at championship; Kopecky swims to fourth place

Nelson finishes 10th at championship; Kopecky swims to fourth place David Nelson of the South Dakota Swimming and Diving Team finished 10th in the 200-yard breaststroke on March 17 at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships in Canton, OH.

The championships ran March 14-17.

Nelson received honorable mention all-American honors in the 200-yard breaststroke after he finished 10th in a time of 2:07.27. He finished 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke on March 16 with a time of 58.67. Nelson ended his swimming career at South Dakota with five honorable mention all-American honors.

The Coyotes finished in 21st place in the men's team points, totaling 11 points on Nelson's two top-13 performances. California State-Bakersfield won the men's division with 621 points while Drury University was second with 562.

On the strength of freshman Kari Kopecky's fourth place finish in the 50-yard freestyle event, the South Dakota women's team finished 25th in team points with 14.50. Truman State won the women's division with 656 points while Drury University was second with 610.50.

Named NCC Freshman of the Year in February, Kopecky won her first all-American honors as she swam a 24.01, which is the second best 50-yard freestyle time in South Dakota school history. Only Kopecky's 23.90 in a time trial of the 200-yard freestyle relay at the NCC championships was faster.

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