Lars Jorgensen Breaks Down Kentucky’s First SEC Championship Title in History

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

The University of Kentucky won its first-ever SEC Championships title after 40 years of women’s swimming in the SEC Conference. Their victory was by a margin of 53 points over the University of Florida. The defending champions, Tennessee, placed 5th.

The Wildcats achieved this victory both with swimmers who arrived on their campus as stars, like Sorenson who became the Iowa state record holder in the 100 yard back (54.61), alongside swimmers who they trained into becoming stars. For example, last year Poole finished 13th in the 200 breast and 24th in the 400IM. Brooks finished 15th in the 100 fly last year and now has jumped up to 9th with a new lifetime best.

Head coach Lars Jorgenson was not present at the start of the meet on Wednesday because of a positive COVID test last week, but he arrived in time to see the team win the SEC Championship title on Saturday. Lars was nice enough to sit down with us and break down what makes the UK team so gritty and full of heart, especially when it mattered most.


Music: Otis McDonald


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6 months ago

Kind of feel bad for Florida and Georgia. Lost to Tennessee last year and now Kentucky.

6 months ago

Coaches, parents and swimmers should take time to watch this. Mel & Coleman, nice job! Historic Route 66 baby! This was a spectacular interview and this accomplishment couldn’t happen to a better guy. Lars has done a great job, coached up kids and touched lives everywhere he’s been. I knew when he coached the Indiana University Summer Camp back in the day, he would accomplish great things when he was given the opportunity. This guy’s character and class is off the charts and even though I’m an IU guy, I can’t help but root on the Wildcats with Lars at the helm. “Be who you are and make your program about development. Make them better so their senior year is… Read more »

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6 months ago


About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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