UK Gets First Win with 3-1 Outing Against Mizzou, SIU
CARBONDALE, Ill. – The University of Kentucky swimming and diving team posted its first wins of the season with a sweep by the women and a split from the men against Missouri and Southern Illinois Friday morning in the final day of competition at SIU’s Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium.
The UK women (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference ) swept both SIU and Mizzou, with a 228-218 victory over the Tigers and a 310-138 win over the Salukis. The Wildcat men (1-3, 0-2 SEC) posted a 312-136 win against SIU but suffered a 267.5-177.5 defeat to MU.
“It was great for our girls to get two wins,” UK head coach Lars Jorgensen said. “I was really proud of their effort and many individual performances. Freshman Kendal Casey was very good again, as were juniors Abby Myers and Christina Bechtel. Abby was really outstanding today. On the men’s side, Brendan Flynn swam very well, he went undefeated both days and was definitely the star of the team. I thought the guys fought harder today.”
A day after winning nine events in the first half of competition Thursday night, UK responded with another nine wins the following morning. The second day’s total includes three events where Kentucky posted the top three times. A full recap of the first day of racing can be found here.
Senior Eric Bruck, Casey, Flynn and Myers each posted two wins Friday. Casey and Flynn, both freshmen, also claimed two victories in Thursday’s competition, while Myers’ two wins Friday came on the heels of one win yesterday. Freshman Danielle Galyer recorded a first-place finish after her first collegiate victory last night. Bruck’s second win was part of a relay, with fellow senior Chris Lott, junior Derrick Smith and senior Will Heidler.
Kentucky posted the top three times in three races, while UK also finished second in six events that it did not win.
“We still have a long way to go from where we need to be,” Jorgensen added. “We’ll get back to work and prepare for the next race, which will be another challenge. Indiana and Tennessee are two very good teams.”
UK returns to the road next Friday against Indiana and Tennessee in Bloomington, Ind. The tri-meet between the SEC and Big Ten teams will begin at 2 p.m. ET on Nov. 1.
The Wildcats’ first one-two-three finish was in the women’s 200 yard butterfly, where Myers recorded a 2:01.60 to beat out Bechtel by just 0.11 seconds. Senior Diana Norkus finished third in 2:07.90. Myers’ other victory came in the 1,000 yard freestyle, where a 10:13.21 was fast enough for a 0.19 second win. Myers also added two runner-up finishes as part of relay teams.
The women also posted the fastest three scores in the women’s 500 yard freestyle. Casey touched the wall first in 5:01.70, followed by freshman Kelly Berger’s 5:03.83 and junior Blair Kuethe’s 5:06.80. Casey notched UK’s first win of the morning with a 10:13.21 finish in the 1,000 yard freestyle.
UK’s final one-two-three finish was provided by the men in the 500 yard freestyle. Flynn, who earlier won the 1,000 yard freestyle in 9:21.94, came in first in the 500 yard event with a time of 4:32.26. Sophomores Matt Roman and Scott Crosthwaite finished second and third with 500 yard times of 4:37.81 and 4:39.60, respectively.
Bruck’s first win came in the men’s 50 yard freestyle, where he finished in 20.85 to beat out Mizzou’s Logan Mosley by 0.15 seconds. His second win came in the men’s 200 yard freestyle relay, with the help of Lott, Smith and Heidler. UK finished in 1:22.92 to win the final swimming event of the competition.
Galyer, one of four Wildcats who won their first collegiate race Thursday, also posted a victory Friday, this time in the women’s 200 yard backstroke. The first year swimmer recorded a time of 2:03.52 to win the event by 1.01 seconds.
In his first season as head coach of the Wildcats, Jorgensen earned his first victory Friday after opening the season with losses to perennial national powerhouses Georgia and Ohio State. With three wins in dual or tri meet competition, UK is just one win shy of matching last season’s win total of four.
Auburn Swimmers Win 18 Individual Races at Royal Open
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Auburn men’s and women’s swimming and diving team won 18 individual races and all four relays at the Queens University hosted Royal Open. In addition to the Tigers and Queens, former Auburn swimmers Micah Lawrence and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace took to the pool as well as Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte.
“We had some good tough racing today with a lot of season bests,” head coach Brett Hawke said. “In this meet, we were trying to come together as a team and see how we could race tired, and I think we did a good job of that. We had a lot of people invested in other people’s performances.”
Freshman freestyler Allyx Purcell continues to shine at the collegiate level, keeping her win streak alive in both the 50 and 100 free. She posted a season-best time in the 100, posting a sub-50 second, 49.58, and beating former Auburn national champion in the event, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace.
“I was really impressed with Allyx (Purcell). She hasn’t lost a race yet, and came up against an NCAA record holder,” Hawke added. “It was her first time under 50 seconds in the 100 free. James Disney-May had a strong meet, winning the 100 free. Overall good to see people racing in different events, and racing tough.”
Purcell wasn’t the only freshman Auburn swimmer with multiple event wins as distance swimmer Ashley Neidigh took wins in both the 500 (5:00.37) and 1000 free (10:06.19). Senior Emily Bos swept the backstroke races, taking first in both the 50 and 100.
On the men’s side, three members of the senior class dominated with five of the eight wins, a pair of those coming for Disney-May in the 100 free and 50 back (tying with freshman Kyle Darmody). Zane Grothe took both victories in the 500 and 1000 freestyle events, while fellow senior Marcelo Chierighini won the 50 free with a 20.14.
Not to be outdone, freshman Michael Duderstadt won the 200 breast with a season-best 2:04.76 and Joe Patching took first in the 200 back with a 1:46.45. Patching held his own against Olympic standout Lochte in the 200 IM finishing three seconds off his 1:47.29 time, posting a 1:50.58.
LSU Women's Swimming and Diving Earns First Victory with Win Over Tulane
BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU women’s swimming and diving team (1-2 overall, 0-2 SEC) collected their first win of the season 211-89 over Tulane Friday night at the LSU Natatorium.
The Lady Tigers produced a collective team performance with seven different swimmers earning wins.
“Today was a day where we were able to see our depth and take a look at the quality we have within our team,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “From the beginning, we were able to use our whole lineup to secure a lot of wins. We raced really well tonight.”
Leah Troskot, Danielle Stirrat and Colleen O’Neil each earned two victories. Troskot touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle (24.20) and 100 freestyle (52.58). O’Neil earned her first wins of the season in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.56) and 200 breaststroke (2:21.64). Stirrat secured wins in the 100 back (56.87) and 500 free (5:02.03).
Senior Torrey Bussey produced another solid performance winning the 100 butterfly (55.91) and placing second in the 100 backstroke (57.12).
Kara Kopcso collected her third victory of the season with a win in the 200 free (1:51.74). Kopcso also touched the wall second in the 200 breaststroke (2:24.84).
Megan Cox won the 200 backstroke (2:03.87) and Sophie Weber finished off the meet with a win in the 200 IM (2:05.18)
In relays, the team of Caley Oquist, Torrey Bussey, Kara Kopcso and Amber Carter won the 400-medley relay (3:49.17). To conclude the meet, Rainey White, Leah Troskot, Devon Dabney and Kara Kopcso earned first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.61).
On the diving side, Alex Bettridge swept both the one-meter and three-meter events. She scored a 311.70 on her three-meter dive and 304.73 on her three-meter dive.
Cassie Weil placed second in both the one-meter (260.63) and three-meter dive (279.75) and Izzy Choquehuanca was the third place point earner in the three-meter dive (252.90).
“I liked that we focused on the competition and we had some tidbits of absolute greatness.” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “We didn’t put our best performances together but we were very solid.”
The men’s swimming and diving team returns to the Natatorium Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. when they host Auburn.