KENTUCKY vs. CINCINATTI
- January 31, 2020
- Hosted by Kentucky
- Short Course Yards
- Full Results
- WOMEN: Kentucky 190, Cincinatti 101
- MEN: Kentucky 175, Cincinatti 111
Asia Seidt led the charge for the Kentucky women as they defeated Cincinatti on Friday. The SEC Champion won 2 individual races on the day. Seidt was the only scoring swimmer under 1:50, winning in 1:48.52. However, Kentucky postgrad Geena Freriks, an SEC Champion in the event, exhibitioned a 1:49.15.
Seidt also cruised to victory in the 500 free with a 4:56.34. Though she didn’t swim her signature backstrokes individually, she did lead off the 400 medley relay. There she posted a 53.34 from the B relay with the fastest split of the field. That was nearly a second faster than the winning time in the 100 back, a 54.11 by freshman teammate Caitlin Brooks.
The Kentucky men ended their season on a high note, taking their 3rd regular season dual meet win. Nick Smith took a pair of wins, starting with a 9:23.64 in the 1000 free. He also won the 400 IM in 3:56.55. Glen Brown earned double wins in the 100 back (48.66) and 100 free (44.41).
PRESS RELEASE – KENTUCKY
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 25/13 University of Kentucky men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams dominated Cincinnati on Friday evening at the Lancaster Aquatic Center, earning first place in 24 of 32 events in its final dual meet of the regular season. Meanwhile, Kentucky celebrated 15 athletes set to graduate from the program at the end of the semester.
The No. 13 Kentucky women’s team defeated Cincinnati in a 190-101 decision, while the No. 25 Kentucky men’s team defeated Cincinnati, 175-111. Ending the regular season on a high note, the women’s team boasts a 7-4 record and the men’s team claim a 3-6 record in what was the toughest schedule in Lars Jorgensen‘s seven seasons as head coach, meeting just three unranked programs all season.
“I’m proud of our team this season,” Jorgensen said. “The coaching staff and I put together a competitive schedule because we want to compete against the best, and so many of our swimmers and divers have risen to the occasion this season. I thought our seniors led the charge tonight, too, which is special. Our divers were also phenomenal, on both the men’s and the women’s sides.”
The divers had an impressive evening, as Kentucky swept the springboard events and collected a handful of career performances.
Taking advantage of their final opportunity to earn NCAA Zone C Championship cuts, two divers scored season and career marks en route to punching fresh tickets to the regional meet. On her senior night, Caroline McCleary recorded a season-high 275.48 on the 1-meter springboard to place fourth and earn a spot at the Zone C meet. Moreover, freshman Caiden Lake recorded a career-high 324.45 on the 3-meter springboard to place third and earn the first Zone C cut of his career.
The NCAA Zone C Championships is the solo opportunity for divers to earn admittance into the NCAA Championships. Kentucky will be hosting the regional meet this season, March 12-14.
Forming a career high on the 3-meter springboard of his own, Danny Zhang earned an impressive mark of 441.45 points. It’s the second-highest score on the discipline in all-time program records. The sophomore was named the Southeastern Conference Diver of the Week just four days ago, setting a career high on the 1-meter springboard at Louisville on Jan. 25.
Freshman Morgan Southall recorded career-high marks on both of the springboard events during the dual meet, earning a mark of 292.13 on the 1-meter springboard and a 307.28 on the 3-meter springboard.
Kentucky collected just as many polished performances in the swimming events and it did in the diving events, even while swimming in untraditional races.
Collecting a pair of top times in the 200-yard freestyle field (1:48.52) and the 500-yard freestyle field (4:56.34), Asia Seidt took advantage of the chance to swim in races that aren’t her traditional backstroke. The senior recorded her 13th gold finish this season, leading the team (male of female).
“What can you say about Asia,” Jorgensen said. “She is the most decorated swimmer in school history, and she goes out on top. She has had an amazing career, becoming a 16-time All-American and four-time SEC Champion. Her hard work, both in the classroom and in the pool, is infectious, and she continues to impress.”
Next on the Schedule
Select swimmers will compete at the Ohio State First Chance meet in Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 14-15. The individual meet is an opportunity for swimmers to earn qualifying marks for the NCAA Championships. Following that meet, 44 swimmers and divers will compete at the SEC Championships in Auburn, Alabama, Feb. 18-22.
PRESS RELEASE – CINCINATTI
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Cincinnati swimming and diving finished the dual season with a meet at Kentucky. The men lost to the 175-111 No. 25 Wildcats while UC’s women fell 190-101 to the No. 13 ranked team.
// TOP TIMES
• W 400 medley relay: Jaclyn Klimczak, Victoria Hunt, Lina Kutsko, Maddie Exton, 4th (3:53.16)
• M 400 medley relay: Blake Hanna, Dalton Lillibridge, Michael Balcerak, Murat Sagdullaev, 2nd (3:20.17)
• W 1000 free: Rocky Laabs, 4th (10:23.20)
• M 1000 free: Noah Smith, 2nd (9:24.70)
• W 200 free: Michael Wheeler, 5th (1:52.27)
• M 200 free: Balcerak, 3rd (1:39.65)
• W 100 back: Alexandra Wall, 5th (59.77)
• M 100 back: Hanna, 3rd (49.60)
• W 100 breast: Lindsey Sanders, 4th (1:06.18)
• M 100 breast: Lillibridge, 3rd (57.00)
• W 200 fly: Katie Qualls: 4th (2:04.47)
• M 200 fly: Parker Saladin, 1st (1:49.16)
• W 50 free: Claire Farrell, 3rd (24.00)
• M 50 free: Dominic Polling, 4th (20.97)
• W 100 free: Exton, 1st (52.09)
• M 100 free: Dom Intas, 4th (46.35)
• W 200 back: Liza Muller, 4th (2:04.00)
• M 200 back: Polling, 2nd (1:50.26)
• W 200 breast: Sanders, 3rd (2:24.98)
• M 200 breast: Lillibridge, 3rd (2:06.25)
• W 500 free: Laabs, 4th (5:03.58)
• M 500 free: Balcerak, 3rd (4:33.32)
• W 100 fly: Kutsko, 1st (56.35)
• M 100 fly: Kevin Leibold, 1st (51.13)
• W 400 IM: Wheeler, 1st (4:31.45)
• M 400 IM: Hanna, 1st (4:00.82)
• W 200 free relay: Kutsko, Exton, Farrell, Abby Johnston, 1st (1:35.79)
• M 200 free relay: Alberto Garcia, Intas, Balcerak, Alex Fortman, 1st (1:23.17)
// UP NEXT
• The 2020 American Athletic Conference Championships will be held in Houston, Texas, February 19-22
• The men will look to three-peat the title while the women will look to build on back-to-back runner-up finishes
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