Heyl Earns All-America Honor at NCAA Swimming

LSU swimmer Hannes Heyl set a school record in prelims
LSU swimmer Hannes Heyl set a school record in prelims
Tim Casey
Jesse Delerno
Jesse Delerno

MINNEAPOLIS -- LSU swimmer Hannes Heyl earned his first career first-team All-America honor with a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly Friday at the 2011 NCAA Men's Championships in the University of Minnesota's Aquatic Center.

Heyl, a senior from Grosslehna, Germany, posted a mark of 46.12 seconds in the final after breaking fellow German Christoph Lubenau's program record in the prelims with a 45.77 clocking to advance. His effort put the Tigers on the board in the team standings with 12 points.

"Earning first-team All-America status and breaking the program record in the 100 fly was just a great way for Hannes to cap off his career," co-head coach David Geyer said. "(Assistant Coach) Lance Asti has done a great job with him this season, and this morning was really the perfect environment for him to excel as he was able to relax without any relay swims. That fits his personality really well, and he really went after it."

The senior recorded the third-fastest time in the prelims, winning heat four of six. After storming out to the early lead with the fastest 25-yard split of any competitor in the entire field, 20.93, Heyl held off a late push from U.S. National Team member and Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian (California) to touch the wall first and secure his spot in the 'A' final.

Heyl is the first member of the LSU men's swimming and diving program to claim first-team All-America honors since fellow German Julius Gloeckner captured a top-eight finish in the 400 individual medley in 2007. He also picked up his ninth career All-America honor overall, which ties him with former LSU great Evan Martinec for the third-highest total in program annals.

The German will seek another top-16 finish Saturday when he races in the 100 freestyle, while sophomore Craig Hamilton will compete for All-America honors in his best event, the 1650 free.

Saturday's prelim action begins at noon (CDT). The finals will start at 7 p.m. Live video of the prelims will be available at www.Gophersports.com, while finals will be broadcast on www.ESPN3.com. Live results can also be accessed here.

For updates on LSU's efforts, visit our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/LSUswimdive, or follow us on Twitter @LSUSwimDive.

2011 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships
March 24-26
University of Minnesota Aquatic Center

Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 26
Prelims - Noon
200 backstroke
100 freestyle (Heyl)
200 breaststroke
200 butterfly
400 freestyle relay

Platform Diving - 1:30 p.m.
1650 freestyle early heats - 4:45 p.m. (Hamilton)

Finals - 7 p.m. (ESPN3.com)
1650 freestyle final heat
200 backstroke
100 freestyle
200 breaststroke
200 butterfly
Platform Diving
400 freestyle relay

 

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