May 3, 2011

By Drew Davis

OXFORD, Ohio - Senior Kelsey Vehr added another honor to her list of achievements on Monday, May 2 when CollegeSwimming.com tabbed her as one of the 2011 Mid-Major All-Americans. This is the second-straight year that she has landed on the list of top swimmers at the mid-major level. CollegeSwimming.com also recognized senior Megan Brunn and sophomore Leah Thornton on the Mid-Major All-American Honorable Mention list.

Vehr closed out her Miami career with her third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Division I Championships. She finished 20th in the 100-yard breaststroke and turned in the 12th-fastest time in the 200-yard breaststroke, but was disqualified in the second event. The senior breaststroker won the 400-yard IM and both breaststroke events at the MAC Championship meet on her way to being named MAC Swimmer of the Year. The three MAC Championships in 2011 gave her a total of eight conference crowns over her four years as a RedHawk. In 2010 she finished seventh in the nation at the NCAA Championships to become Miami's first women's swimming All-American.

Brunn and Thornton both earned Honorable Mention status for the second-straight year. Brunn swam NCAA Championship "B" time cuts in the 200-yard IM, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke while Thornton turned in NCAA "B" cuts in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes. Brunn earned three bronze medals at the MAC Championships in the 200-yard IM and both breaststrokes. Thornton was the MAC Champion in the 100-yard backstroke and finished second in the 200-yard backstroke.

All three were named to the All-MAC First Team for their work in the water as well as the Academic All-MAC First Team for the athletic and academic achievements.

According to CollegeSwimming.com:

"Mid-Major All-Americans are selected on the basis on their qualification for the 2011 NCAA Division I Championships. Honorable mention selections are swimmers who were entered with NCAA `B' standards, but not selected for the 2011 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

The following conferences have been designated as Mid-Majors: America East, Atlantic 10, Colonial Athletic Association, Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mountain Pacific, Missouri Valley, Patriot, Sun Belt, Summit, and Western Athletic. Institutions are also eligible by awarding fewer than half of the maximum-allowable scholarships (seven for women, five for men)."