All-AmeriJunior Keri Hehn placed eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke in just 2:12.43 at the 2002 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas to earn her first All-American honor. Hehn, who went into the event ranked 14th, became the Gophers second first-team All-American since 1997 and boosted Minnesota's point total to 13 points, claiming 32nd place. Hehn's time is the fastest of her career and the second-fastest time in Gopher history. Auburn won the national title with 474 points.
Dana Baum wrapped-up a great season by placing 40th in the 100-yard freestyle. Baum, who was placed 69th going into the event, swam the sprint in 50.64 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in school history and the fastest of Baum's career. The junior from Carson City, Nev. earned All-American honorable mention on March 21 when she placing 15th in the 500-yard freestyle.
Newcomer Rebecca Cornthwaite made a great showing at her first NCAA Championships with a 20th place finish in the platform diving with 335.20 points. The Australian native placed 24th in the 1-meter springboard and 34th in the 3-meter springboard.