March 15, 2011

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OXFORD, Ohio - The legendary career of one of Miami University's greatest athletes, Kelsey Vehr (Cincinnati), will end this weekend on college swimming's loftiest stage--the NCAA Championships.

Vehr travels to Austin, Texas on Tuesday for the competition at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the University of Texas campus.

A winner of 10 Mid-American Conference titles and the owner of four MAC records has qualified to enter three different events--the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes and the 400 individual medley--though she's chosen to race only in the breaststroke events.

Vehr won All-America honors at the 2010 NCAA meet, hosted by Purdue, finishing seventh in the 100 breaststroke.

Her veteran coach, Dave Jennings, is confident that she'll swim well this week.

"Kelsey is really looking forward to the nationals this weekend," said Jennings. "Her training has gone very well, so it will be exciting to see her compete against the best swimmers from across the nation."

She enters the competition with the nation's 14th-best time in the 200 (2:10.37) and the 19th-best time in the 100 (1:00.33).

Preliminaries (12 p.m. ET) and finals (8 p.m. ET) for the 100 breast will be held on Friday (Mar. 18) and the prelims and finals for the 200 breast are scheduled for Saturday (Mar. 19).

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