UK Women Fall to Arkansas by One Point in SEC Tri-Meet
over six weeks off from competition, the University of Kentucky
swimming and diving team returned to action Saturday, where the UK
women suffered a one-point defeat to Arkansas and both the men and women lost to Alabama.
The Wildcat women narrowly missed out on their second Southeastern
Conference victory of the season in a 131.50-130.50 loss to the
Razorbacks, who do not field a men’s team. The Crimson Tide downed the
UK women, 152.00-110.00, and the UK men, 184.00-96.00.
“The women’s side of the meet was pretty close, we picked up a lot of
victories,” UK head coach Lars Jorgensen said. “Christina Bechtel did
really well along with Abby Myers, leading the way for UK. It was a
really nice win from freshman Kelly Berger, who is from the Tuscaloosa
area, so it was a nice homecoming for her. I was proud of the way the
girls fought. We were a little rusty in some areas, you could tell we
haven’t competed in six weeks.
“On the men’s side, we were a little shorthanded, but the guys were a
little rusty as well. With six weeks off, it’s hard to get back into it
Against the two Southeastern Conference foes, the Wildcats registered
eight wins and 10 second place finishes. Bechtel and Myers, both
juniors, along with Berger, a freshman, each recorded a win and
runner-up finishes. Bechtel also helped a relay team to a second-place
The Wildcats travel to in-state rival Louisville on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.
ET. The meet comes a week before UK’s final home contest of the season,
Feb. 1 against Cincinnati at the Lancaster Aquatics Center.
UK’s first win of the day came courtesy of freshman Kendal Casey in the
women’s 1650 yard freestyle. Casey notched a 16:51.73 to finish 0.45
seconds ahead of Berger.
Abby Myers tallied her first win of the season, with a 2:00.74 in the
women’s 200 yard butterfly. She used a strong second half of the race
to edge out teammate and fellow junior Christina Bechtel, who finished
just 0.21 seconds later, in 2:00.95.
In the women’s 1-meter springboard, junior Christa Cabot posted a
311.50 to win the event by over five points.
The Wildcats added a win in the men’s 1-meter event, courtesy of Greg
Ferrucci. The senior won the event by nearly 20 points, with a 353.33.
Berger came away with the win in the women’s 500 yard freestyle for
UK’s fifth of the afternoon. The Northport, Ala., native finished in
4:54.37 and won by over a second, just miles from her hometown.
In the closest race of the day, Bechtel won the women’s 100 yard
butterfly by 0.01 seconds. Bechtel, who owns the school record in the
event, finished in 54.72.
Lucas Gerotto registered the UK men’s first swimming victory of the day
in the men’s 100 yard butterfly. The senior touched the wall in 49.42
and won by 1.08 seconds.
UK’s final win of the day came courtesy of Blake Freeman with a 3:44.22
in the men’s 400 yard individual medley. The senior’s victory came by
over 15 seconds.
Freshman Christopher Grimmett-Norris and senior Chris Lott each placed
second in two events and third in another, while sophomore Scott
Crosthwaite place second twice and third twice. Freshman Danielle
Galyer notched two runner-up finishes.