Swimming and Diving Conclude UT Invite
Men finish fourth in Knoxville
Tenn. – After three days of competition this week, the University of
Kentucky swimming and diving teams completed their run in the 2011
University of Tennessee Invitational with the men finishing fourth, and
the women finishing sixth.
“We had some very promising swims
this week,” 21st-year head coach Gary Conelly said. “Christina Bechtel
swam a B-cut time in the 200-butterfly and just missed the record.
Julia Gerotto also went B-cut in the 200-butterfly, and Megan Eppler
made B-cut in the 100-freestyle.”
In the women’s 200-butterfly,
the Wildcats put up many stellar performances, including Christina
Bechtel, who swam a 1:58.89 in the event, getting her into the B-cut
class of times, and putting her fifth overall in the event. Julia
Gerorro also had a great swim in the 200-butterfly, posting a 1:59.84
in the finals, placing her in 11th place overall.
continued her fantastic fall season with a swim of 50.14 in the final
heat of the 100-freestyle, placing her in 10th place overall in the
event. The time of 50.14 also qualifies her for a B-cut time.
UT Invite always features one of the most competitive fields of teams
in the country, and this year was no different as the Wildcats faced
off against three other Southeastern Conference teams in the meet.
the diving platform today for the Wildcats, Greg Ferrucci continued to
shine, as the sophomore posted a 336.95 in the competition, placing
second overall. John Fox, who turned in a score of 296.70 in the event,
placing fifth, joining Ferrucci in the top five.
finished the event in first place on the men’s side, turning in a score
of 1173.5. The host team, Tennessee, finished in second place, while
in-state rival Louisville took the final place on the podium with a
score of 594.5, coming in third.
Louisville took home the meet
championship on the women’s side, claiming a score of 1058. LSU
finished in second, while Tennessee rounded out the top three.
event was the final event of the fall semester for Kentucky, as the
Wildcats will not return to the waters as a team until Jan. 14, when
the Wildcats will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on the Crimson
Tide in a dual meet.
“I am very excited about the direction we are going.” Conelly said.