Knaute Sets School Record In 500 Free At NCAA’s
ATLANTA - Junior Chris Knaute became the first swimming All-American at Air Force since 1995 as he set a school and Mountain West Conference record with a 13th place finish in the men's 500 yard freestyle at the 2006 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Knaute's preliminary time of 4:20.00 broke Drew Whiting's top Academy mark of 4:20.09 set in 1993. Knaute's previous best was a 4:21.62 at the MWC Championships a month ago. His 13th place finish earned him honorable mention All-American honors.
"Chris did a great job today," head coach Rob Clayton said. "The 500 free is his weakest event and for him to score makes us feel positive about his upcoming swims. This was a great performance by Chris and we look forward to some more great swims from him"
Knaute's performance earned Air Force three points in the championships, the first points for the Academy since 1995. Last year, Knaute placed 32nd in the 500 free with a time 4:23.49.
The Houston, Texas, native swims the 400 individual medley tomorrow and the 1650 free on Saturday.
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