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This week, the SEC Digital Network has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX with "40/40," a celebration of women's athletics in the Southeastern Conference designed to bring awareness to Title IX.

Already, a pair of former University of Kentucky greats have been profiled. First was gymnast Jenny Hansen, the NCAA's first-even three-time All-Around national champion. The piece by Tim Letcher tells of Hansen's journey from her home in Wisconsin to champion to her ongoing comeback. Here's an excerpt about her surprise NCAA title as a freshman:

Despite the fact that she was recruited by powerhouse programs like Alabama, Florida and LSU, Hansen was not expected to be a major factor as a freshman. However, she quickly established herself as one of the top gymnasts in the country, competing in the always-tough SEC.

"I did really well my first year, it was really fun," Hansen says. "It was like a progression. I was learning new skills, I had new friends. I was continually having fun, therefore I continually won."

In fact, Hansen made it all the way to the NCAA meet in Corvallis, Ore. as a freshman. Once she got there, she faced some stiff competition.

"It was so unreal to me, because of the people I was competing against," Hansen says. "There was Dee Dee Foster (from Alabama, the 1990 NCAA All-Around champion), Hope Spivey (1991 NCAA All-Around champion from Georgia), Dana Dobrasky (another Alabama All-American), all of these girls were so big in college gymnastics at the time, and I was competing against them."

Not only did Hansen compete against them, she beat them all, claiming the 1993 NCAA All-Around championship as a freshman.
McGovern starred as a runner at UK a few years before Hansen arrived, and her journey to Lexington was quite unique. A native of Ireland, she transferred to Kentucky after the women's cross country program at Austin Peay was disbanded. Mark Maloney has the story:

McGovern had a few partial scholarship offers to transfer, but an Austin Peay teammate suggested she check out Kentucky. The Wildcats had a very good and young group of female distance runners.

She spoke with UK assistant coach Gene Weis, but didn't get a scholarship offer until she was home in Ireland.

For a second time, in 1988, she committed to a college that she had never visited: Kentucky.

McGovern -- now Dr. Valerie McGovern Young and living in Novato, Calif., a bit north of San Francisco -- would go on to become one of UK's and the Southeastern Conference's distance-running legends.

Right off the bat, she helped the Wildcats win the 1988 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

She would win three NCAA individual titles at 5,000 meters, earning All-America honors eight times in cross country and track. She won eight SEC titles and still holds five school records.

For recently retired UK head coach Don Weber, McGovern remains one of his all-time favorites.

When her head coach at UK, Don Weber, retired earlier this month, he couldn't help but mention two of the stars on the 1988 national championship team.

"You've got people like Lisa Breiding and Valerie McGovern, who were the sweetest, nicest people you'd ever run across," he said. "I remember, it kind of bothered me in athletics, and I don't see it as much anymore, but all the chest-thumping, macho stuff. Being a great competitor is much more about brain power than it is brawn.

"And seeing some of the sweetest, nicest young women being the most competitive, daring -- it was inspiring to watch. ... That's the best thing about coaching."

UK Athletics may be in the middle of the offseason, but that doesn't mean its athletes aren't working hard to prepare themselves for next year. If anything, Wildcats from the women's basketball, softball, women's tennis, women's soccer, volleyball and gymnastics teams are working harder than they do during the season.

Kentucky strength and conditioning coach Stephanie Tracey-Simmons is putting athletes through each of those teams through an intense set of summer workouts. The workouts are designed to build strength, endurance and confidence for the upcoming season, but they also have effect of unifying teammates and creating bonds across sports. Jen Smith from the Lexington Herald-Leader has the story:

The UK strength and conditioning coach says it's not her mission to make athletes miserable. She wants to make them tougher and stronger, more confident.

"I always tell the basketball players, 'You guys hate me now, but you're going to love me in March,'" Simmons says.

By the time basketball season rolls around and the season starts in November, Simmons is sure of one thing. "They will have the confidence that they can run anyone in the country down and wear them out."

There's a competitive portion to the summer workouts. At the end of it, each sport's coach is provided with a chart of how each player finished, not only individually, but also against players from the other participating sports.

"It's a big competition at the end of the summer to see whose team performed the best," says Bria Goss, a sophomore guard on the basketball team. "Also, individually you're competing against other sports. We all push each other and get better."

Tracey-Simmons, named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach just last month, has played a major role in the development of UK's women's programs over the past nine seasons. Check out Smith's complete article for a few of the reasons why.

Link: Female athletes unite for grueling workouts, form lasting loyalties

Also, take a look at the Herald-Leader's photo gallery from the offseason workouts.

Last summer, we did a feature on former Kentucky gymnast and three-time NCAA all-around champion Jenny Hansen as part of our "Where are they now" series. The profiled focused on Hansen's attempt to make a gymnastics comeback and qualify for the Olympics. What made the story so unique is that Hansen, now 38, was twice the age of most of the athletes she was competing against.

Almost a year later, Hansen is still tirelessly working toward her goal. She is training in California and a local television station caught up with her to update her journey. Here's the story:



Earlier this week, the Southeastern Conference unveiled its Winter Academic Honor Roll. To be named to the list, student-athletes must have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year have a cumulative GPA of 3.00, among other criteria.

Forty-three Kentucky Wildcats were named to the Honor Roll, the fourth-highest total of any SEC school. Student-athletes from six different teams earned spots. Men's and women's swimming and diving led the way with 14 and 10 honorees each. Gymnastics and rifle each had six, while men's and women's basketball had four and three respectively.

Congratulations to all these Wildcats for their hard work and achievement in the classroom!

See below for a list of all 43 along with their majors.

Twany Beckham - M. Basketball - Communication
Terrence Jones - M. Basketball - Communication
Darius Miller - M. Basketball - Community Communications and Leadership Development
Jarrod Polson - M. Basketball - Finance
Kastine Evans - W. Basketball - Business Management
Amber Smith - W. Basketball - Family Sciences
Keyla Snowden - W. Basketball - Media Arts and Studies
Caitlyn Ciokajlo - Gymnastics - Kinesiology/Exercise Science
Audrey Harrison - Gymnastics - Business Management  
Kayla Hartley - Gymnastics - Hospitality Management and Tourism
Storey Morris - Gymnastics - Community Communications and Leadership Development
Whitney Rose - Gymnastics - Business Management
Kayla Sienkowski - Gymnastics - Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles
Dayna Ferguson - Rifle - French
Heather Greathouse - Rifle - Psychology
Emily Holsopple - Rifle - Biology
Henri Junghanel - Rifle - Mechanical Engineering
Ed Ryznar - Rifle - Mechanical Engineering
Stacy Wheatley - Rifle - Nursing
John Bullock - M. Swimming and Diving - Finance/Business Management
Greg Ferrucci - M. Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology/Exercise Science
John Fox - M. Swimming and Diving - Political Science
Blake Freeman - M. Swimming and Diving - Biology
Travis Green - M. Swimming and Diving - Biology
William Heidler - M. Swimming and Diving - Chemistry
Luke Iannuzzi - M. Swimming and Diving - Biology
Jonathan Keltner - M. Swimming and Diving - Finance/Business Management
Pat Kemme - M. Swimming and Diving - Family Sciences
Zack Peterson - M. Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology/Exercise Science
Tyler Reed - M. Swimming and Diving - Secondary Education
Matt Russell - M. Swimming and Diving - Psychology
Maclin Simpson - M. Swimming and Diving - Marketing/Business Management
Jacob Thomas - M. Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology/Exercise Science
Claire Archibald - W. Swimming and Diving - Accounting
Catherine Brueckbauer - W. Swimming and Diving - Marketing
Megan Eppler - W. Swimming and Diving - Accounting
Lindsay Lash - W. Swimming and Diving - Elementary Education
Anna Mattox - W. Swimming and Diving - Communication Disorders
Marisa McGlynn - W. Swimming and Diving - Marketing
Chelsea Peterson - W. Swimming and Diving - Biology
Jenna Willis
- W. Swimming and Diving - Psychology
Kristen Wilson - W. Swimming and Diving - Finance
Samantha Wright - W. Swimming and Diving - Psychology

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Performances of the Week: April 8

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Apr. 8:

Softball: Brittany Cervantes

Senior Brittany Cervantes exploded offensively for the Wildcats during a critical SEC series this weekend. Cervantes batted .500 against South Carolina while blasting three home runs, scoring five times and driving in four runs in helping UK keep pace in the hunt for the SEC Tournament. Cervantes, UK's career home run leader, had struggled early this season with finding her offensive rhythm and had hit just two home runs in her first 36 games this season. She then became the first UK player this season to hit home runs in three consecutive games - also a career-best for UK's all-time power leader. Cervantes batted in the leadoff spot this weekend and in the rubber game with the Gamecocks on Sunday, she watched the visitor's plate two runs in the top half of the first and answered with her second leadoff homer of the series to jump-start UK's offensive effort en route to plating 10 scores for the first time this season against league competition.

Gymnastics: Caitlyn Ciokajlo

Had a strong showing for Kentucky on uneven bars, posting a career-high tying 9.875 on the event at the NCAA Regional. The high mark placed the junior in fifth place overall at the event.

Baseball: Austin Cousino

Centerfielder Austin Cousino continued to pace the top offensive unit in college baseball atop the batting order, leading UK to a series win over No. 10 Ole Miss and a midweek win over Dayton during a four-game week ... Cousino hit .412 (7-for-17) with four runs, three doubles and three RBI, adding two walks and stealing a base ... In the series opener vs. Dayton, Cousino went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, a double, a walk and an RBI ... In the series opener vs. Ole Miss, Cousino added a double and a walk , also collecting a hit in the second game of the set ... In the series-clinching win on Sunday, Cousino went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, including a rally-sparking leadoff single in the late innings ... On the year, Cousino leads UK in nearly every category, including average (.365), runs (35), hits (50), doubles (13) and steals (seven), adding one triple, five homers and 27 RBI ... The 2011 Baseball America first-team high school All-America selection has reached base safely in 31 of his 32 career games and is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, reaching base safely in nine straight.

Softball: Griffin Joiner

Freshman Griffin Joiner led the Wildcat attack at the plate in a crucial series victory over South Carolina. Joiner led the team with a .444 average on the week, score three times, walked four times, drove in three runs and doubled twice while stealing her second base of the season. Joiner's three-RBI day against the Gamecocks in the series-tying win marks a new career-high as well as the three walks she drew in the game. Joiner's development at the plate has been a key for the Blue and White as she was one of just two players to tally a hit against No. 12 Louisville in a midweek contest. Behind the plate as UK's catcher she caught two of the three base stealers in their attempts against the Gamecocks, adding to her repertoire.

Baseball: Luke Maile

Junior Luke Maile continued to pace the NCAA's leading offense during a four-game week, leading Kentucky its fourth consecutive series win to open conference play, with a series victory over No. 10 Ole Miss ... Maile collected a staggering 20 total bases in four games, launching three homers and three doubles with six RBI, batting .471 (8-for-17) ... The catcher extended his seven-game hitting streak during the week, starting with a two-homer game in UK's midweek win over Dayton, including a double and four RBI ... In the series-opener vs. Ole Miss, Maile collected a pair of run-sparking doubles in a 3-2 win, scoring both runs, including the go-ahead tally in the late innings ... In the series clincher, Maile put UK on the board with a solo homer to even the game, going 2-for-4 with two runs ... In the second game vs. Ole Miss, Maile collected a single ... On the year, Maile has hit .341 (42-for-123) with nine doubles, nine homers and 26 RBI, stealing seven bases.

Baseball: Alex Phillips

Senior left-handed reliever Alex Phillips was a workhorse for the UK bullpen during a four-game week, pitching on Friday and Sunday to win and save UK's two series-clinching victories over No. 10 Ole Miss ... In the series opener, Phillips came on in relief of starter Taylor Rogers, tossing 3.1 shutout innings, striking out three to pick up the win ... On Sunday, with UK facing its third consecutive rubber match, Phillips worked three innings just two days after his first three-inning workload, allowing one run to pick up the save ... Phillips has been a major force for a stout UK bullpen on the year, appearing in 14 games with a 5-0 record and a 2.01 ERA, totaling two saves in 31.1 innings.

Men's tennis: Eric Quigley

Quigley was the star of the weekend for Kentucky, winning both of his singles matches to increase his impressive record to 10-0 against SEC foes. The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., defeated two highly ranked foes during the week, including No. 15 Artem Ilyushin and No. 19 Nik Scholtz. Quigley's win over Scholtz was the match clincher in its win over Ole Miss.

Kentucky Sports Report (week of April 9)

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Baseball
- Kentucky completed its first series win over Ole Miss since the 2008 season, as the Wildcats won the set over a blistering-hot Ole Miss club that entered the weekend fresh off a series win over consensus No. 1 Florida. UK posted a 3-2 win in the opener, suffered a 9-3 loss in the second game, before riding a strong pitching effort from Corey Littrell to a series-clinching win on Sunday, 8-3.
- UK has opened up the 2012 season with a 30-3 mark, the best start to a season in school history, leading the NCAA in wins and pacing the conference atop the standings for the second consecutive week.
- UK's 9-3 start to conference play is also a program best, with UK running up a school-record 21-game home winning streak earlier in the year and a program-best 22 game winning streak to open the season, the second-longest streak in the storied history of the SEC. UK now owns a 7-2 record against teams ranked in the top 25, with UK also boasting a 9-1 record in one-run games in 2012.

Men's tennis
- Behind a dominating performance in singles action that included a come-from-behind effort from senior No. 7 Eric Quigley for the decisive fourth point of the match, UK clinched a share of the SEC regular-season title with a 5-2 win over No. 14 Ole Miss on Sunday. UK began the weekend with a 6-1 win over No. 10 Mississippi State. This is the first SEC title since UK won the overall SEC Championship in 1992.
- Quigley was the star of the weekend for Kentucky, winning both of his singles matches to increase his impressive record to 10-0 against SEC foes. The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., defeated two highly ranked foes during the week, including No. 15 Artem Ilyushin and No. 19 Nik Scholtz. Quigley's win over Scholtz was the match clincher vs. Ole Miss.
- The two wins over the weekend takes Kentucky's record against top 25 teams this season to 9-3, while UK has earned 29 wins over top-25 teams since the start of the 2009 season. UK also continued to perform well at home, boosting its home record to 58-10 since the start of the 2009 season.

Gymnastics
- UK concluded the season with a fifth-place showing at the NCAA Champaign Regional behind a team score of 194.750.
- The Wildcats saved the best performance of the night for last, scoring a team score of 48.95 on uneven bars. Junior Caitlyn Ciokajlo led the way for Kentucky with a career-high tying 9.875, which ranked her fifth overall at the meet.
- UK seniors Storey Morris and Whitney Rose ended their collegiate careers with strong showings at the event. Morris posted a team-best 9.825 on balance beam and a 9.8 on both vault and bars, while Rose tied a season best score on bars with a 9.775.

Softball

- The Kentucky softball team earned a crucial series victory over South Carolina this weekend at home to improve to 5-7 in Southeastern Conference action and remain in the hunt for a spot in the SEC Tournament.
- Kentucky was led by the hot-hitting of senior Brittany Cervantes and freshman Griffin Joiner. Cervantes batted .400 for the week, including .500 against the Gamecocks. Cervantes hit homers in all three games against South Carolina, while scoring five times and driving in four runs. Joiner led the offensive unit with a .444 average for the week. She notched a pair of doubles and three runs driven in to help the Wildcat cause.
- Senior Rachel Riley also boasted the Wildcat attack with a .400 average and a pair of homers. She was vital in her pitching performance as well. Riley tossed her first shutout of the season in the series-tying victory. She went the distance and struck out five in the win. Senior Chanda Bell earned the other victory in the circle for UK while striking out 10 in a complete-game series-clincher on Sunday.

Women's tennis

- Women's tennis grabbed its first SEC victory of the season over Mississippi State, posting a final result of 5-1.
- In singles play, Jessica Stiles defeated 113th-ranked Alexandra Perper at the No. 1 singles slot, 6-7 (3), 6-1, 1-0 (10). Khristina Blajkevitch also found herself in a tight match as she defeated Olesya Tsigvintseva 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (8). Caitlin McGraw and Stephanie Fox also grabbed singles victories for the Cats.
- UK next faced No. 16 Ole Miss and fell 7-0. Freshman Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff put up a valiant effort in singles play, falling just short of Erin Stephens at the No. 3 singles slot, 6-7, 4-6.

Men's golf
- Men's golf finished 13th at the Gary Koch Invitational, its final tournament of the regular season.
- Junior Joseph Barr led Kentucky with a final score of 8-over-par, tying for 38th.
- It was the second time this season Barr had the best or tied for the best tournament finish on the team.

Women's golf
- The University of Kentucky women's golf team finished 13th at the 2012 Bryan National Collegiate.
- Junior Heather Lott finished the weekend in a tie for 35th at 11-over-par 227.
- Junior Betsie Johnson led Kentucky with eight birdies on the weekend.

Track and field
- Competing at the Florida Relays, junior Shiara Robinson recorded the seventh-best time in the 400m hurdles in UK history with a 1:00.85.
- Sophomore Julie Nunn ran the 10th fastest 400m dash in program history, clocking a 55.71.
- Freshman Keilah Tyson continued her impressive rookie campaign, missing out on her UK freshman record in the 100m by just 0.01 seconds.
- Junior Luis Orta finished fifth in the 5,000m with a time of 14:09.47, while sophomore Allison Peare finished fifth in the 800m.

Upcoming schedule


Tuesday, April 10
Baseball hosts Louisville - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 11
Softball hosts Arkansas (DH) - 4:00 p.m. /6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 12
Men's tennis hosts Illinois - 1:00 p.m.

Friday, April 13
Baseball at Arkansas - 7:35 p.m.
Softball hosts Georgia - 8:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 14
Men's tennis hosts Vanderbilt - 1:00 p.m.
Women's tennis at Vanderbilt - 1:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Georgia - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball at Arkansas - 3:05 p.m.
Track and field at Kentuckiana Border Battle (Louisville, Ky.)

Sunday, April 15

Softball hosts Georgia - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball at Arkansas - 1:05 p.m.

UK Rewind: March 29

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Performances of the Week: March 25

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, March 25:

Gymnastics: Holly Cunningham

Sophomore Holly Cunningham posted the highest individual score for Kentucky at the SEC Championships with her career-high tying 9.85 on vault. Has now posted a 9.8 or higher on vault in nine of her last 10 meets.

Softball: Griffin Joiner

Freshman Griffin Joiner was her continued steady-self offering the Wildcats a .300 batting clip and a pair of crucial RBI in helping clinch a series over No. 18/21 Auburn. Joiner gave UK a 1-0 lead in both of the final two games of the series with the Tigers. In Saturday's game the lead would be one UK would not relinquish en route to earning a series win over the Tigers for just the fourth time in school history. Her sacrifice fly in the final game of the series proved to be UK's lone scoring of the game and it was a lead UK held until Auburn mounted a two-run bottom of the seventh rally to salvage a sweep. Joiner's presence at catcher cannot go unnoticed. She logged a perfect 1.000 fielding clip while notching 28 putouts and four assists. Runners attempted to steal on her a mere three times, and she successfully turned the play in all three attempts not allowing any runners to advance a base on her watch. Her success rate discouraged additional attempts as teams opted for sacrifice hits and hit-and-runs.

Men's tennis: Alex Musialek

Became the 14th player in school history to record 100 singles wins with his come-from-behind win over No. 82 Roberto Maytin of Baylor. The native of Dax, France, earned the historic win in a three-set thriller over No. 82 Roberto Maytin at No. 2 singles. After dropping the first set 3-6, Musialek dominated the second set 6-1 and then rolled in the third set 6-4 to grab the win.

Baseball: Alex Phillips

Senior southpaw Alex Phillips had a pair of strong relief outings in helping the Wildcats extend their NCAA-leading 24-1 record with a series win at Tennessee and a midweek win at Cincinnati ... In game two of the series at UT, Phillips entered the game after a rain storm had halted play on Sunday, working the final 4.1 shutout innings to post a win to even that series ... In a midweek win at UC, Phillips entered when the steady UK bullpen was allowing six runs to make the contest tight ... Phillips immediately got UK out of any trouble to lock the save down with two innings and two strikeouts ... On the year, Phillips owns a 3-0 record and a 2.11 ERA in 10 relief outings, tossing 21.1 innings, allowing only 12 hits and five walks, striking out 19, with a .190 opposing batting average.

Baseball: J.T. Riddle

Sophomore second baseman J.T. Riddle had a clutch week in helping No. 2 Kentucky to a midweek win at Cincinnati and a series victory at Tennessee ... Riddle's clutch hitting led UK to the series win over the Vols, UK's first in Knoxville since the 2008 season and helped the Wildcats improve to a nation-leading 24-1, including a 5-1 mark in SEC play ... After the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the year in the series opener on Friday night to snap a 22-game winning streak, Riddle's bat paced UK to the series-evening win in game two, batting 3-for-4 with three RBI, a homer and a triple ... In the series finale, a seven-inning game, the two teams were locked in a scoreless pitching duel in the top of the sixth when Riddle smacked a double off the wall in leftfield to score the go-ahead and game-winning run ... In a midweek win at UC, Riddle scored a pair of runs and added an RBI single ... In addition to his contributions at the plate, Riddle has played stellar defense at second base, with his instincts, range and arm strength helping the UK defensive unit rank second in the SEC in fielding ... On the year, Riddle has hit .318 (28-for-88), with five doubles, one triple, one homer and 18 RBI, with his 23 runs scored ranking eighth in the league. 

Softball: Rachel Riley

Senior Rachel Riley was flawless in her two starts and two victories this week in UK's impressive 3-1 weekend including taking a series from No. 18/21 Auburn for just the fourth time school history. Riley earned the decisive-series clinching victory over the Tigers with a complete-game effort. She worked 7.0 innings yielding just one earned run and limiting Auburn to a mere five hits. She struck out four in the win. The win marked the ninth of her career over a top-25 ranked opponent and the first in her senior campaign. She also contributed offensively with a 2-for-4 day at the dish which was her sixth multi-hit outing of the season. In UK's non-conference victory in front of her hometown of Bowling Green, Ky., on the campus of Western Kentucky, Riley again worked a complete-game. She struck out six batters and allowed just five Hilltopper hits. She also logged a 1-for-4 day at the plate in the UK victory. With 10 strikeouts this weekend, Riley moved into fifth place on UK's all-time career strikeout list. With two wins she also becomes just one of three pitchers in school history with 35 or more career wins.

Baseball: Chandler Shepherd

Right-hander Chandler Shepherd made his first career road start at Big East foe Cincinnati on Wednesday, posting his second career win ... Shepherd worked a career-long 5.2 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, striking out two ... Shepherd worked five shutout innings and came out for the sixth inning in an effort to extend his pitch count, with the Bearcats scoring two on a triple ... On the year, Shepherd has appeared in five games with four starts, posting a 2-0 record and a 3.15 ERA, in 20 innings, walking five and striking out 11.

Performances of the Week: Mar. 18

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Mar. 18:

Gymnastics: Caitlyn Ciokajlo

  • Won her fourth uneven bars title of the season and her third straight with a 9.85 score on Saturday against Centenary. The native of Brooklyn, Mich., has now led UK on bars in six meets this season, scoring a 9.825 or higher in five consecutive meets.

Men's basketball: Anthony Davis

Averaged double-double in UK's two NCAA Tournament wins (15.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 4.5 bpg, 4.0 apg)

Track and field: Raymond Dykstra

  • Set a career-best mark in the javelin
  • Won the javelin competition by over 22 feet
  • Set the program record in his first ever collegiate competition in the javelin
  • Set the freshman record in the javelin

Track and field: Andrew Evans

  • Had career-best marks in the discus and in the hammer throw
  • Won the Discus, defeating all other competitors by over 11 feet
  • Recorded the seventh best mark in program history in the discus and in the hammer throw

Baseball: Trevor Gott

UK sophomore right-hander Trevor Gott solidified his role as one of the top closers in college baseball during Kentucky's 5-0 week, picking up three saves - including two against the two-time NCAA Champions, No. 2 South Carolina ... Appeared in three games with three saves, tossing three shutout frames, with one hit and no walks allowed, striking out six ... Made first appearance in the ninth inning of UK's 2-1 midweek win on Wednesday, locking down the save ... Came on in the ninth inning with UK nursing a 4-3 lead and a runner at second base and no outs in the series-clinching win over USC on Saturday ... After getting a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to third base, Gott struck out the next two hitters to end the game and leave the game-tying and inherited runner stranded at third base ... In the series finale, after UK allowed a leadoff runner to reach base on an error in the ninth inning with UK looking for the sweep, came out of the pen to get three consecutive outs to finish off the game and sweep the Gamecocks ... On the year, Gott - the 2011 Cape Cod League Reliever of the Year - has a 1-0 record and a 2.08 ERA, saving five games in 10 relief outings, striking out 16 and walking two in 8.2 innings.

Men's basketball: Terrence Jones

Averaged double-double in UK's two NCAA Tournament wins (15.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg)

Baseball: Luke Maile

Kentucky junior catcher Luke Maile continued to provide the vocal and physical leadership to a school-record 21-0 start to the season, launching a pair of homers during a 5-0 week, pacing UK to a series sweep over No. 2 South Carolina, the two-time defending NCAA Champions ... Maile hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in the series opener, a blast to dead centerfield with UK trailing by a run, part of a three-RBI game ... In the second game of the series, Maile delivered another clutch RBI single in UK's 4-3 win over the Cocks ... In the finale, Maile set the tone by launching his fifth homer of the year in the first inning off USC's Colby Holmes, leading UK to the sweep-clinching win ... Maile's walk-off homer was his staggering seventh game-winning RBI of the season, leading the team and tying the team leader Thomas McCarthy's seven game-winning RBI from the entire 2011 season ... On the year, Maile has hit .360 (27-for-75) with five doubles, five homers, 27 RBI, a 13-4 walk-strikeout ratio and six stolen bases.

Men's golf: Cody Martin

  • Opened with back-to-back rounds of 2-under-par 70 at the Bulls Invitational
  • Led Kentucky with a final score of 1-under-par
  • Finished in a tie for 21st

Track and field: Kayla Parker

  • Won the 100m hurdles
  • Set a career-best time in the 100m hurdles, breaking her previous career-best by .27 seconds
  • Recorded the seventh fastest time in program history

Baseball: A.J. Reed

Freshman A.J. Reed turned in one of the more prolific weeks in the history of UK baseball, leading UK to five wins as the No. 4 hitter, midweek starter and weekend late-inning reliever ... Picked up two wins on the mound, one coming in a midweek start on Tuesday and the second coming in relief of UK's series-clinching win over No. 2 South Carolina on Saturday ... In both of his wins on the mound, Reed - who owns a 12-game hitting streak - delivered the game-winning RBI at the plate ... In his start, tossed six innings, allowing only one run and striking out six, with first-pitch strikes hurled to the first 21 hitters he faced ... Reed became the first UK player in program history (modern era: 1979-present) to start on the mound and as the No. 4 hitter in the order in the midweek win ... On Saturday, Reed was summoned out of the bullpen on short rest working two shutout innings to set up the game for UK closer Trevor Gott in the ninth inning, picking up his fourth win of the year ... At the plate, Reed led UK in hitting all week batting .526 (10-for-19) with two doubles, one homer and five RBI ... Totaled a 2-0 record with a 1.12 ERA on the mound, striking out eight in eight innings ... In his midweek starting pitching assignment, collected a career-high three hits, batting 3-for-4 with three RBI ... Delivered two hits in a 2-1 midweek win over Murray State on Wednesday ... In his SEC debut on Friday, Reed went 2-for-4 with an RBI, adding the game-winning double in the seventh inning in the series-clinching win on Saturday ... Finished with two hits in the series finale, helping UK to its first series sweep of USC since 2006 ... On the year, has hit .386 (27-for-70) with seven doubles, two homers and 28 RBI, with a 4-0 record and a 1.83 ERA on the mound in 19.2 innings with 18 strikeouts.

Men's basketball: Marquis Teague

Career-high 24 points in win over Iowa State along with seven assists.

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  • lesley: good luck cats read more
  • Berdj J. Rassam: The Cats had a good season and went as far as they could. read more
  • Wildcat Jack: As proud as ALWAYS to be a Life Alum... Goooooooo, CATS! read more
  • charles nichols: Add points for BBN First for donating to the University on a consistent basis. read more
  • Larry: Good job UK and glad to see that Coach Cal will be here for the foreseeable future. Any chance you read more
  • Wachs89: This video does a excellent job of capturing the spirit of UK basketball from the team, the anouncer, the video read more
  • Dean Geary: Walt is a fantastic athletic trainer and a fantastic person. I learned a lot under Walt while at UK have read more
  • Mark Pope: GREAT YEAR !!! Missing my 4 talented seniors already.. Went to Knoxville & did OUR thing !! Best COACH the read more