Highlighted by 25 event victories, the Kentucky swimming and diving teams defeated Eastern Michigan inside the Lancaster Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon. The women topped the Eagles 174-124, while the men won 184-113.
“I thought we had some good swims and some that need to be better,” said head coach Lars Jorgensen following the wins. “Overall it was a pretty good day for us, but Eastern had a really good meet as well. They are definitely a well-coached team, so they put up a great fight against us.”
Seventeen different Wildcats recorded victories across 22 individual events throughout the meet. Kentucky also posted six individual NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the outing.
The UK divers got things started on the right foot for the men’s team in its season-opening dual, securing victories across all four events. Sophomore Kevin Frebel led the way on the three-meter springboard with a score of 328.20. Junior Seb Masterton brought home the win on one-meter with a 307.13 tally.
Senior captain Isaac Jones put up wins in both the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle races. The Kentucky record-holder in the event, Jones first led the Wildcats in a 1-2-3 sweep of the mile with a time of 15:32. He led another sweep in the 500, touching the wall in 4:30.07.
Sophomores Glen Brown and Jason Head both had a pair of wins each as well. Brown brought home wins in the 200 free and 400 IM, while Head finished first in the 50- and 100-yard free.’
On the women’s side, junior Courtney Clark put the Wildcats at an early advantage with a win on the one-meter springboard. Sophomore Emma Dellmore followed up with a victory of her own on three-meter.
Asia Seidt added a couple of victories for the women’s team, winning both the 100 backstroke and the 400 IM, both of which were NCAA ‘B’ standard times. In the 100 back, Seidt went 53.57, followed closely by fellow sophomore Ali Galyer’s 54.36 which was also a ‘B’ cut.
Freshman Bailey Bonnett recorded two NCAA ‘B’ cuts on the day as well, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.43 and taking second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:19.38.
Kentucky will dive back into competition on Oct. 27, hitting the road for the first time this season as they take on top-25 teams Tennessee and Indiana in Knoxville, Tennessee. The meet is slated for an 11 a.m. start.
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