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Video: Jorgensen previews home meet vs. Ohio State

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Kentucky swimming and diving will host its home opener with Ohio State on at 5 p.m. ET at the Lancaster Aquatics Center on the UK campus. Here's what first-year head coach Lars Jorgensen had to say to preview the meet.


The Kentucky swimming and diving team participated in team-building exercises this week. (Charlie Healy, UK Athletics) The Kentucky swimming and diving team participated in team-building exercises this week. (UK Athletics)
A day before the first official practice of the 2013-14 season, the University of Kentucky swimming and diving team participated in a day of team-building exercises.

Led by Jason Cummins - the director of the UK Athletics Impact Leadership Program - and staff members from the ROTC program, the Wildcats joined together to solve mental and physical challenges and obstacles.

"It was great to get all the team together, with such a large and diverse team," UK head coach Lars Jorgensen said. "The best time of the year is at the beginning, to bring everyone together, we don't often have that opportunity while we're training, so it was a good way to start out our training. We want to thank Jason Cummins and the ROTC staff for helping us out."

Swim-TeamBuilding3.jpg The purpose of the team building activities was to get the team to think and work together. Each station was different, and the lessons learned on each event varied. Thought processes or methods didn't carry over from station to station. The team learned to move together and communicate better on various exercises.
 
"I think what we got out of the team building exercises was firstly that we learned a lot about ourselves, what our strengths and weaknesses are," senior Maclin Simpson said. "Most importantly though, we learned about each other. We learned how to get to know one another in order to find out our teammates' strengths and weaknesses so that we could utilize them in order to come together.

Swim-TeamBuilding1.jpg "There was a station that involved a circle with a white line around it. There were strategically placed cinder blocks and we had three wooden beams, all different sizes. We had to get everyone across the pit, just using the beams without touching the grass. We had to figure out which beam to use, how to pass it around and how to get across. The most important thing about that was communication, how to communicate effectively with one another. That's incredibly important in a team sport."
 
Other stations included pulling a teammate on a tarp for a strength and endurance event and two puzzles with different shaped pieces of wood.

The goal was to get the team working and thinking together before they begin the season Sept. 25 at Georgia.  The 2013-14 campaign, which lasts six months, will be a demanding test for the 'Cats. The team-building exercises before the season began hopefully will make that road to March a little easier.

Maclin Simpson helped deliver basic necessities to residents of Ethiopia on Sunday. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics) Maclin Simpson helped deliver basic necessities to residents of Ethiopia on Sunday. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics)
This week, eight Wildcats are taking part in a service trip in Ethiopia. Throughout the week, the student-athletes will take turns describing their experience. Please note that these posts are the personal reactions of the student-athletes and the views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Kentucky and UK Athletics. With the travel party set to return to the United States on Monday, Maclin Simpson writes about what he saw on Sunday.

Maclin Simpson (swimming and diving)

I woke up this morning feeling mixed emotions about the day ahead. On one hand, I was excited for another opportunity to serve the people of Ethiopia with a group of friends I would consider family. On the other, I was anxious because I knew that my expectations were about to be shattered into a million pieces, yet again turning my world upside down.

The day started just like any other. We had breakfast at the guest house followed by a quick meeting before we set out. After reconfirming our flight information, we had about an hour or so to kill so we made our way over to the zoo. I use the term "zoo" loosely because it isn't comparable to anything you would find in the U.S. More or less it was just one massive, circular cage with about ten lions that looked like they could eat any one of us without a moment's hesitation. Regardless, it was still a cool experience.

Then it all changed.

The moment that we got out of the van at the community center, we were swarmed with loving children. It was unbelievable to see the pure joy in their faces just to hold our hands and walk with us. Our task was to fill bags with assorted basic necessities and deliver them to widows and other families. Throughout our time there, the one thing that was constant was how gracious these amazing people were. It didn't matter who we were, just that we came. To them, we were an answered prayer and a gift from God. Every home that we visited (most were about half the size of a dorm room, dark and housing up to seven people) we prayed over the people about whatever physical or emotional discomfort was troubling them. Each time, without fail, they would tell us how much they loved us and prayed that God would bless us and our families. It's incredible that a village and people in such desperate need of financial capital were so content with human capital. The last home we visited was of a widow who suffers from tuberculosis; Jarrod Polson and I literally had to chase after her because she was so excited to invite us into her home and introduce us to her children. We sat, prayed and shared a hug that could have lasted a lifetime. It is those types of moments that make me realize how much of a gift from God life truly is and how much I take for granted on a daily basis. We all left that village changed and with memories that we will never forget.

Tomorrow is our last day here. I am going to miss this place and will forever be grateful for the opportunities given, experiences had, but most importantly for the people that I have met and the relationships I have formed.

Late dive coach Mike Lyden is being remembered by his daughters through a charitable act. (UK Athletics) Late dive coach Mike Lyden is being remembered by his daughters through a charitable act. (UK Athletics)
Allison Perry of UK Public Relations has written a fantastic piece about the daughters of late Kentucky dive coach "Iron" Mike Lyden who passed away from lung cancer in 2008. Lyden's daughters (Jessica 22 and Brittany 14) have come up with a way to give back to the UK Markey Cancer Center where Mike received treatment.

The daughter's decided to make homemade bracelets with white ribbons representing lung cancer, and at seven dollars a piece, they have raised more than $1,000 to date which all goes toward the Mike Lyden Patient Support Fund.

Not only has their experience with their father produced this charitable endeavor, but it's also helped strengthen Jessica's drive to pursue her medical career to help others.

"I've wanted to pursue a medical career since I was very young, and the experience we went through with my dad's illness and passing has only strengthened that dream," Jessica said. "I hope that one day as a physician, I will be able to confidently tell patients, 'We have a cure, and you will never have to worry about cancer again.' That may not be a reality for every type of cancer, but we can't stop working toward that goal."

To read the rest of the story from Perry about the Lyden family, click here.


The University of Kentucky celebrated its 146th May Commencement on Sunday. (photo by Mark Cornelison) The University of Kentucky celebrated its 146th May Commencement on Sunday. (photo by Mark Cornelison)
During the University of Kentucky's 146 May Commencement on Sunday, 49 UK student-athletes received degrees. Forty-seven earned undergraduate diplomas and two received graduate degrees.

(Note: Includes student-athletes who received degrees after their completing eligibility.)

Baseball
Thomas McCarthy
Zac Zellers (Will complete coursework this summer)

Football
Aaron Boyd
La'Rod King
Quentin McCord
Craig McIntosh
Kevin Mitchell
Matt Smith
Taylor Wyndham
(Note: 2012 seniors Mikie Benton, Gabe Correll, Gene McCaskill, Morgan Newton, Cartier Rice, Collins Ukwu, Steven Duff and Sam Simpson graduated previously.)

Gymnastics
Caitlyn Ciokajlo
Storey Morris
Whitney Rose

Men's basketball
Twany Beckham
Marquis Estill
Jon Hood
Jarrod Polson (Graduated in three years)
(Note: Jamal Mashburn also received an honorary doctorate of humanities.)

Men's golf
Joseph Barr

Men's soccer
Pedro Andreoni
Gabriel Conelian
Barry Rice

Men's swimming and diving
Jon Bullock
Jon Keltner
Ben Russell

Rifle
Heather Greathouse

Softball
Chanda Bell
Kara Dill (Graduate degree in exercise science)
Alice O'Brien
Erika Silence

Track and field
Katy Achtien
Keith Hayes
Ben Mason (Will complete coursework this summer)
Chelsea Oswald
Shiara Robinson
Josh Nadzam (Masters of social work)
Danielle Sampley
Rashaud Scott
Samantha Stenzel
Hiruni Wijayaratne
Megan Wright

Volleyball
No graduates this weekend, but seniors Ashley Frazier and Christine Hartmann had already graduated.

Women's basketball
A'dia Mathies
Crystal Riley

Women's golf
Megan Moir

Women's soccer
Natalie Horner
Brooke Keyes

Women's swimming and diving
Megan Eppler
Lindsay Lash
Mandy Myers
Sherrill Thompson

Women's tennis
Khristina Blajkevitch

Kentucky Sports Report (week of April 1)

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Women's basketball
- The Wildcats earned their second straight and third trip to the Elite Eight in the last four years after an impressive team effort over one of the nation's best players in senior Elena Delle Donne and the No. 15/16 Blue Hens.
- Ten players scored at least two points, led by redshirt sophomore point guard Jennifer O'Neill with 19 points and senior
All-America candidate A'dia Mathies with 16 points and season-high tying nine rebounds.
- The Wildcats have won a school-record 30 games and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fourth consecutive season.
- For the second straight season, the second-seeded Wildcats will meet the top-seeded Huskies with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
- Mathies charted her 2,000th-career point against the Blue Hens, becoming just the fifth men's or women's basketball player at Kentucky to reach the accomplishment.

Gymnastics
- No. 19 UK earned a NCAA Gymnastics Championship bid last Monday.
- The Wildcats will compete at the Morgantown, W.Va. regional on Saturday, April 6.
- Kentucky is making its ninth consecutive and 25th overall NCAA Regional appearance.
- UK will join top-seeded Michigan, No. 2-seed Nebraska, No. 3-seed Illinois, as well as host West Virginia and North Carolina seeded fifth and sixth respectively.

Softball
- The Kentucky softball team posted a road win over Lipscomb last week before falling in a non-conference tilt to No. 5 Tennessee last Friday. The game against Tennessee did not count towards Southeastern Conference team standings. UK took down Lipscomb 8-1 before falling to UT 6-0.
- UK got a strong performance offensively against Lipscomb. Griffin Joiner led Kentucky, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a RBI double. The homer was Joiner's team-leading eighth home run of the season. Ginny Carroll and Lauren Cumbess also had strong nights at the dish with Carroll posting a 3-for-4 night with two RBI and Cumbess blasting her fourth roundtripper of the season. Cumbess ended the game 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Christian Stokes also had two hits.
- Ellen Weaver and Kelsey Nunley combined for a strong effort in the circle against Lipscomb. Weaver threw the first two innings of the game, allowing one unearned run on one hit with two strikeouts. Nunley came in to start the third inning, keeping the Bisons scoreless the rest of the game on just two hits with five strikeouts.

Baseball
- Kentucky posted a midweek 8-2 win over Marshall, before opening the series with Georgia in a 10-inning thriller. UK got a rally in the bottom of the 10th inning that resulted in a two-out walk from Max Kuhn with the bases loaded to give UK a 3-2 win.
- On Saturday, Georgia took a 7-3 lead before UK mounted a furious rally that fell short in a 7-6 loss. UK rebounded on Sunday in its third straight rubber-match win in 2013, 5-0, behind a dominating clutch performance from Corey Littrell.
- During the four-game week, UK had a 2.19 ERA in its 37 innings, with Austin Cousino pacing the club with a .500 average (7-for-14), with four doubles, a triple and four RBI.
- Freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett leads the team with a .364 average, owning three doubles and four RBI. Junior J.T. Riddle has a .359 mark with six doubles, one triple, one homer and 17 RBI, with a 14-4 walk-strikeout ratio and four steals. A.J. Reed has hit .340 with four doubles, two triples, six homers and 28 RBI, with Cousino batting .315 with eight doubles, one triple, four homers and 20 RBI, stealing four bases.

Men's tennis
- Kentucky went 2-0 on the weekend, collecting wins in its final SEC home matches of the season over No. 31 Alabama (7-0) and No. 32 Auburn (4-1).
- Senior Anthony Rossi became just the 15th player in Kentucky tennis history to collect 100-career wins as he won both of his weekend matches in straight sets.
- Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai knocked off the fifth-ranked doubles team in the nation 8-6, on Sunday as the Wildcats improved to 18-6 overall, and 6-3 in SEC play.
- UK welcomes No. 7 Ohio State to Lexington on Wednesday afternoon for another top-10 match at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center, the third top-10 showdown this season in Lexington.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team lost 6-1 at No. 8 Alabama on Friday and 4-0 on Sunday at No. 22 Auburn.
- On Friday, 24th-ranked Nadia Ravita defeated No. 26 Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.
- Kentucky will return home on Friday to host No. 19 Vanderbilt.

Swimming and diving
- Kentucky junior diver Greg Ferrucci earned three top-five finishes at the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend, accounting for all 45 points scored by Kentucky to pace UK to a 22nd place finish.
- Ferrucci earned career-best finishes at the NCAA in all three diving events, finishing fourth place on the 1-meter springboard (403.05), 3-meter springboard (423.15) and platform (418.30).
- John Fox made his NCAA debut this weekend, finishing 22nd, 23rd and 27th in those same events respectively.

Men's golf
- The UK men's golf team placed tied for 10th in the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in Awendaw, S.C., shooting 44-over-par for the tournament.
- Junior Stephen Powers led the way for the Wildcats, fining 2-over-par for the invitational and recording his highest finish of the year, tying for fifth. The top-10 finish marked the fourth of the year for the Naperville, Ill., native and the third of the spring.
- Kentucky returns to the links April 8-9 at the Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa, Fla.

Track and field
- Rebecca Famurewa set the UK freshman record with a mark of 53.22 meters/ 174 feet 7 inches to win the Texas Relays. Famurewa's mark was also fourth best in school history.
- Hiruni Wijayaratne won the women's 1500 meters with a PR 4:34.94 at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational.
- Sean Keane won the Nikoloff 800 meters with a time of 1:51.52.
- Michelle Canterna missed the school record pole vault by half an inch as she cleared 3.85 meters/ 12'07.50" to take fourth at the Nikoloff.
- Kayla Parker's PR 110H time of 13.20 was good for fifth place at the Texas Relays, and was the second fastest time in UK history.
- Keith Hayes claimed fifth in the 110H with a time of 13.66, which was also good for No 2 in the school record book.
- Chelsea Oswald and Cally Macumber ran two of the four fastest 5,000-meter times in Kentucky history on Friday at the Stanford Invitational.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, April 1
Women's basketball vs. Connecticut - 7:30 p.m. (Bridgeport, Connecticut)

Tuesday, April 2
Baseball at Louisville - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3
Men's tennis hosts Ohio State - 2:00 p.m.
Softball at Louisville - 6:00 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Murray State - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 5

Track and field at Florida Relays - 10:00 a.m. (Gainesville, Fla.)
Women's tennis hosts Vanderbilt - 12:00 p.m.
Softball at South Carolina - 7:00 p.m.
Baseball at LSU - 8:00 p.m.
Track and field at Bellarmine Invitational (Louisville, Ky.)
Women's golf at Rebel Intercollegiate (Oxford, Miss.)

Saturday, April 6

Track and field at Florida Relays - 10:00 a.m. (Gainesville, Fla.)
Track and field at Crimson Tide Invite - 11:30 a.m. (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Men's tennis at Vanderbilt - 12:00 p.m.
Softball at South Carolina - 4:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at NCAA Regional - 6:00 p.m. (Morgantown, W. Va.)
Baseball at LSU - 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball at KIVA Collegiate Tournament (Louisville, Ky.)
Track and field at Bellarmine Invitational (Louisville, Ky.)
Women's golf at Rebel Intercollegiate (Oxford, Miss.)

Sunday, April 7
Softball at South Carolina - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball at LSU - 2:00 p.m.
Women's golf at Rebel Intercollegiate (Oxford, Miss.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 18)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky earned the No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament and will take on Robert Morris in the opening round on Tuesday.
- The invitation to the NIT marks the 22nd-consecutive season UK will take part in postseason play. The Wildcats are 13-6 overall in the NIT and have twice won the title (1946, 1976).
- UK fell 64-48 in the SEC Tournament to Vanderbilt, despite a 12-point effort from freshman Archie Goodwin.
- Senior Julius Mays is six points shy of scoring 1,000 for his collegiate career. He current has 994 total points, with 301 of those tallies coming in a UK uniform.

Gymnastics

- Kentucky reached a new program best 196.775 on Saturday at Penn State.
- The Wildcats extended their school-record streak of scores more than 196 to four.
- Alexis Gross claimed event honors with collegiate-high scores on both uneven bars and balance beam. Gross notched a 9.9 on bars, and received a 9.95 on balance beam. Her 9.95 was third-highest on the event in school history. She received a 9.9 from judge one and a 10.0 from judge two as both averaged a 9.95.
- Kentucky also smashed the program-record beam score with a 49.475.

Softball
- The No. 17 Kentucky softball team earned an impressive midweek win against No. 24 North Carolina, taking down the Tar Heels 18-0 behind the ninth no-hitter in school history from freshman pitcher Katie Henderson. Henderson went all five innings in the win, striking out four with only one walk. The no-hitter was the first for UK since Chanda Bell threw a no-hitter against LSU in 2012.
- The UK offense set many school records in the win as the 18 runs scored and four homers tied the most runs scored in a game in school annals, while UK's 18 runs batted in was the most ever in a single game in school history. Sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner was the leader of the pack offensively in the win, posting a 4-for-4 night with career highs in home runs with two, runs scored with four and runs batted in with six.
- The Wildcats could not keep up the momentum going over the weekend, falling in all three games to No. 13 LSU. The Wildcats dropped the first game 7-1 before dropping the next two games in LSU's last at bat.

Baseball
- Kentucky posted its first series win in Gainesville in 14 years over the weekend and just the fifth in the history of the series that dates back to 1953.
- The Wildcats fell in the opener after a three-error seventh inning in a 1-1 game and rebounded with an 11-5 win over the Gators on Saturday. In the rubber match, UK turned to Corey Littrell, who pitched UK to the series win in a 6-2 result at McKethan Stadium.
- The Wildcats have hit .297 as a team, belting 31 doubles, five triples and 14 homers, scoring 149 runs and stealing 29 bases. On the mound, UK has a 2.45 team ERA, allowing 164 hits in 169 innings, walking 41 and striking out 138.

Men's tennis
- No. 10 Kentucky completed the Mississippi swing this weekend, coming out of the weekend 2-0 with a 4-1 win over No. 4 Ole Miss and a 4-2 win over No. 13 Mississippi State.
- Kentucky now sits at 16-4 overall and stands tied atop the SEC standings with a 4-1 in-conference record.
- No. 31 Anthony Rossi picked up the clinching match on Sunday over No. 18 Romain Bogearts 7-6 (3), 6-3 of MSU. Rossi's doubles partner, Grant Roberts went 4-0 on the weekend as well. In Friday's 4-1 win at Ole Miss, freshman Kevin Lai clinched the match as he moved to 9-0 on the year, picking up his first-career SEC win.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team went 1-1 over the weekend, falling to Ole Miss 4-3 on Friday before defeating Mississippi State 7-0 on Sunday.
- Freshman Nadia Ravita won two singles matches in the No. 1 singles slot, improving her record to 15-2.
- Sophomore Stephanie Fox and freshman Kirsten Lewis both went 2-0 in singles over the weekend.

Track and field
- Kentucky opened the outdoor season with seven event titles by either individual competitors or relay teams.
- Andrew Evans won the discus behind a new personal record mark of 59.27m/194'05".
- Kayla Parker won the 100-meter hurdles with a PR 13.51 performance.
- Both the men's and women's teams won the 4x100-meter relays.
- Keffri Neal won the 1,500 meters with a personal-record time of 3:51.60. Teammate Adam Kahleifeh also posted a PR time of 3:51.94 to finish in second-position.
- Raymond Dykstra showed off his 2012 All-America credentials in the javelin with a meet-winning performance of 67.84m/222'07"

Men's golf
- The Kentucky men's golf team wrapped up the week with two top-10 finishes, placing tied for fifth at the Tiger Invitational and tied for sixth at the Schenkel Invitational.
- Junior Stephen Powers recorded his second straight top-10 finish at the Tiger Invite with a 6-over-par, 222, placing tied for sixth overall. Junior Ben Stow also was in the top-20, finishing tied for 14th at 8-over.
- Stow continued his torrid play at the Schenkel Invite, posting his first career top-10 finish, placing tied for ninth at 1-under-par. The Salisbury, England native charted a career-low score of 215.

Women's golf
- The UK women's golf team competed in their second tournament of the spring, finishing tied for ninth in the 18-team field at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate.
- Senior Betsie Johnson was the low scorer for the Wildcats, recording her first top-20 finish of the year, placing tied for 19th at 9-over-par.

Swimming and diving
- Greg Ferrucci, John Fox and Christa Cabot each earned berths to the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with their performances at the Zone C Diving Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., this past weekend.
- Ferrucci won both the 3-meter (888.05) and 1-meter (825.75) springboard events to advance to his third straight NCAA Championships, and broke the program record on the 3-meter for a six-dive score with a 434.85. Fox earned fourth place on the 3-meter (761.95) to advance to his first NCAA Championships.
- Cabot earned her spot on the first day of competition on the 3-meter board, scoring 623.10 to earn a fourth place finish. It will be the sophomore's first career appearance at the NCAA Championships.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, March 19
Softball hosts Western Kentucky - 6:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Western Kentucky - 6:30 p.m.
Men's basketball at Robert Morris - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20
Softball hosts Iowa - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 21
Swimming and diving at Women's NCAA Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Track and field at Florida State Relays (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Friday, March 22
Track and field at Alabama Relays - 12:00 p.m. (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Men's tennis hosts Tennessee - 2:00 p.m.
Women's tennis at Tennessee - 5:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Mississippi State - 6:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Mississippi State - 6:30 p.m.
Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic (Baton Rouge, La.)
Swimming and diving at Women's NCAA Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Track and field at Florida State Relays (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Saturday, March 23
Baseball hosts Mississippi State - 12:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.
Track and field at Alabama Relays - 3:00 p.m. Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Gymnastics at SEC Championships (North Little Rock, Ark.)
Track and field at Florida State Relays (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic (Baton Rouge, La.)
Swimming and diving at Women's NCAA Championships (Statesboro, Ga.)

Sunday, March 24
Women's tennis at Georgia - 1:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Georgia - 1:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at SEC Finals - 3:30 p.m. (Nashville)
Men's golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate (Awendaw, S.C.)
Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic (Baton, Rouge, La.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 4)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky went 1-1 on the week with a win over Mississippi State before falling at Arkansas on Saturday.
- Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein continued his dynamic play by averaging 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game this week.
- With the win over the Bulldogs, UK secured its 57th 20-win season in program history
- Kentucky was led in scoring by Arkansas native Archie Goodwin with 14 points in the loss to the Razorbacks.

Women's basketball

- After earning its school-record tying 13th SEC win with a commanding 78-65 victory over No. 8 Tennessee on Senior Day, Kentucky earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament.
- The Wildcats have had another remarkable season under the direction of head coach Matthew Mitchell. Mitchell, who became UK's all-time winningest coach with the win over Tennessee, has led the Cats to a school-record fourth straight 25-win season with a 25-4 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in SEC play.
- A'dia Mathies had led the team in scoring (16.0), 3-point field goals made (60) and 3-point field goal percentage (.403), and has reached double figures in 27-of-29 games, including 20 in a row

Gymnastics
- The Kentucky gymnastics team shattered the school record with a 196.5 team score in a win at Ball State on Sunday.
- Kentucky has now posted team scores of more than 196 two weeks in a row for the first time in school history.
- Audrey Harrison won her fifth consecutive individual all-around title with a huge career-high score of 39.425.
- The Knoxville, Tenn., native now has a Southeastern Conference-leading seven AA titles this season.

Softball

- For the second consecutive weekend, the No. 17 Kentucky softball team went undefeated in a weekend tournament, posting a 5-0 record in the 2013 Under Armour Invitational with wins against Illinois, USF, Loyola Marymount, Central Michigan and Western Michigan.
- This is the first time in school history UK has gone undefeated in consecutive tournaments.
- Senior Kara Dill led UK offensively over the weekend with a .353 (6-for-17) average, including six runs scored and her first triple of the season.
- In the circle, Lauren Cumbess paced UK with a 2-0 record and 0.58 ERA in 12 innings pitched, including 11 strikeouts. True freshman Kelsey Nunley went 3-0 on the weekend with a 1.94 ERA, throwing 21.2 innings, allowing six earned runs with 18 strikeouts.

Baseball
- The eighth-ranked Kentucky baseball team completed its first home week with five wins, including a series sweep over Akron during the weekend. UK picked up midweek wins over Murray State and Eastern Kentucky.
- UK has been led individually by junior infielder J.T. Riddle, who has hit .447 (21-for-47) with three doubles, one triple, one homer and 11 RBI, stealing three bases and reaching base at a .527 clip.
- On the mound, UK had a 2.57 ERA in 98 innings, walking only 27 and striking out 87, with opponents hitting .255, stealing only 3-of-7 bases and UKL picking off four runners.
- During the five-game week, UK got a jaw-dropping hitting performance from Reed, who drove in 15 RBI with three homers and a double during the week, batting .526 (10-for-19).

Men's tennis
- Kentucky opened the 2013 SEC season by collecting two wins over No. 49 Arkansas (5-2) on Friday and No. 39 LSU (4-0) on Sunday afternoon to move to 14-2 (2-0 SEC) on the season.
- Senior No. 21 Anthony Rossi upped his record to 14-1 on the season, picking up wins number 95 and 96 in his career. Rossi has now won nine consecutive straight-set matches and has also won 18 of the last 19 sets he has played.
- UK won the doubles point in both matches this weekend, as the Wildcats are now 11 for 13 this season in doubles competition.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team went 1-1 in the opening weekend of Southeastern Conference play. - After falling 4-3 at Arkansas on Friday, Kentucky traveled to Baton Rouge, La., and defeated the No. 63 Tigers 4-3.
- Freshman Kirsten Lewis had a comeback win to clinch Kentucky's win over LSU, taking the No. 5 singles point 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.
- Senior Jessica Stiles, sophomore Stephanie Fox and freshman Nadia Ravita all recorded singles wins in straight sets vs. LSU.

Track and field
- Five Kentucky track and field athletes, four women and a man, are in position to qualify for this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships as they own top-16 times.
- The Women's Distance Medley Relay Team of Cally Macumber, Morganne Phillips, Allison Peare and Chelsea Oswald broke the school record with a time of 11:00.33 on Friday.
- That time ranks No. 6 in the nation.
- Keith Hayes broke the school 60-meter hurdles record with a time of 7.73 on Saturday.
- That time ranks No. 9 n the nation.

Swimming and diving
- The Kentucky swimming team sent several swimmers to the Bulldog Last Chance Meet this past weekend in Athens, Ga., attempting to earn qualifying times for the 2013 NCAA Championships.
- Sophomore Christina Bechtel improved her time in the 100-butterfly with a 52.62, second best in program history in that event. The time likely will earn her a ticket to the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., March 21-23.
- Junior Lucas Gerotto also improved his time in the 100-backstroke while breaking his own program record in the event, finishing with a 47.19 to increase the likelihood that he is asked back for his second consecutive NCAA appearance.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, March 4
Men's golf at USF Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)

Tuesday, March 5
Baseball hosts Cincinnati - 4:00 p.m.
Men's golf at USF Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)

Wednesday, March 6
Baseball hosts Xavier - 4:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Marshall - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 7
Men's basketball at Georgia - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 8
Men's tennis at Baylor - 3:30 p.m.
Baseball hosts Michigan State - 4:00 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts Missouri - 4:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Ole Miss - 5:00 p.m.
Women's basketball vs. Missouri/Vanderbilt - 6:00 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.)
Gymnastics hosts Bowling Green - 7:00 p.m.
Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
Track and field at NCAA Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Saturday, March 9
Men's basketball hosts Florida - Noon
Softball hosts Ole Miss - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Michigan State - 2:00 p.m.
Women's basketball at SEC Tournament Semifinals - 6:00 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.)
Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
Track and field at NCAA Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Sunday, March 10
Women's tennis hosts Texas A&M - Noon
Softball hosts Ole Miss - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Michigan State - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at Texas A&M - 1:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at Ball State - 1:00 p.m.
Women's basketball at SEC Tournament Finals - 6:00 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of Feb. 25)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky captured a pair of critical home victories this week including an overtime thriller against Missouri.
- Senior Julius Mays poured in a team-high 24 points in the win over Missouri on Saturday. He launched four 3-pointers and has now connected on at least one shot from long range in 16 straight games.
- Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein notched a career-high 20 points to push UK past Vanderbilt earlier in the week. He followed that performance with
a career-high tying 12 rebounds against Missouri to go along with a career-best seven blocked shots.
- Alex Poythress scored 21 points, while Archie Goodwin notched 18 - all coming after the half in the win over Missouri.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky split road games last week, defeating No. 10/13 Texas A&M 70-66 in College Station on ESPN2's Big Monday before falling at LSU on Sunday in Baton Rouge 77-72.
- Against the Aggies, junior center DeNesha Stallworth flirted with a triple-double as she charted 12 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record seven blocks. .
- Mathies netted a team-high 20 points at LSU, passing former Wildcat great Victoria Dunlap as UK's No. 2 all-time leading scorer with 1,863 career points.

Gymnastics
- Kentucky recorded its best score of the year at Florida on Friday. The Wildcats finished with a total score of 196.075, dropping the meet to the Gators' score of 196.975.
- UK's score was good for the sixth best in program history.
- The Wildcats used season-high event scores on vault and beam to reach 196 for the first time this season.
- Audrey Harrison also notched her sixth all-around title of the season and fourth in a row, scoring a 39.225.

Rifle
- The Kentucky rifle team finished second at the Great America Rifle Conference over the weekend, shooting a 4690 over the course of the weekend.
- Freshman Connor Davis won the GARC individual air rifle title, shooting a 596 before winning with a 105 in the Final.
- Senior Henri Junghanel placed second overall individually with an aggregate score of 1179.

Softball
- The UK softball team continued its winning ways over the weekend with a 3-0 record, taking down Georgetown, Howard and USC Upstate.
- Sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner led the Wildcats offensively with a .583 (7-for-12) average with two doubles, two homers, eight RBI and four runs scored.
- Pitchers Ellen Weaver, Katie Henderson and Kelsey Nunley all recorded wins, while Weaver going five strong innings, allowing only one hit and no runs against Georgetown and Henderson allowing only one hit over five innings against Howard. Nunley threw the final nine innings against Upstate to get the win.

Baseball
- No. 8 Kentucky continued its season-opening six-game road trip with the Caravelle Resort Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach. S.C., picking up wins over CCU and Elon and suffering its first loss of the year to Kansas State in the opener on Thursday.
- UK finished the weekend with a ninth-inning win at Coastal Carolina, 2-2.
- UK has hit .314 as a team through six games, slugging .435 and reaching base at a .311 clip. UK has stolen 12 bases and on the mound, owns a 3.57 ERA, with 16 walks and 42 strikeouts in 53 innings.

Track and field
- The women's track and field team finished seventh in the SEC Indoor Championship team standings with 34 points, and the men finished 10th with 30.
- Cally Macumber led all Wildcats with 15 points earned throughout the meet. Matt Hillenbrand led the men with 11.25. Macumber won the women's 3,000 meters SEC championship.
- Hillenbrand won the SEC mile championship with a time of 4:01.55. Hillenbrand's time was a new personal best, and the seventh-fastest in school history. The junior became the first Kentucky athlete to win the SEC men's mile since David Freeman took home the title in 2004.

Men's tennis
- The No. 6 men's tennis team traveled to Birmingham, Ala., this weekend and collected two wins in a doubleheader with Samford University and Jacksonville State, both by a score of 5-1, to move to 12-2 on the season.
- No. 90 Anthony Rossi picked up his 93rd and 94th career wins in a UK uniform on Sunday with wins in both matches for the Wildcats.
- Also picking up wins in both ends of the doubleheader for the Wildcats were Beck Pennington, Kevin Lai and Juan Pablo Murra.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team defeated the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks 5-2.
- Freshman Nadia Ravita improved to 7-1 in the No. 1 singles slot after defeating Christiana Raymond 6-1, 6-2.
- Senior Jessica Stiles and sophomore Stephanie Fox won their singles matches in straight sets, with Stiles winning 6-4, 6-3 and Fox taking the No. 6 singles point 6-3, 6-1.
- The Wildcats moved into the rankings for the first time this season, landing in the No. 63 spot.

Men's golf
- The Kentucky men's golf team opened up its 2013 spring season, placing 10th out of 16 teams in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. UK finished 37-over-par with a final score of 901.
- Senior Chase Parker was the low golfer of the week for the Wildcats, finishing tied for 16th overall at 4-over-par.
- Junior transfer Ben Stow made his Kentucky debut, placing tied for 27th at 6-over-par.

Swimming and diving
- The UK men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in the 2013 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships last week with both the men (368.5) and the women (452.5) finishing in ninth place.
- Junior diver Greg Ferrucci earned two second place finishes on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events and earned an eighth place on the platform. He broke the program record on the platform in the preliminaries with a 435.5.
- Junior swimmer Lucas Gerotto broke multiple program records at the Championships including the 200-IM (1:47.20) and the 100-backstroke (47.29).

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 26
Women's tennis hosts Eastern Kentucky - 10:00 a.m.
Women's tennis hosts Northern Kentucky - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Murray State - 4:00 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts Abilene Christian - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday Feb. 27
Baseball hosts Eastern Kentucky - 4:00 p.m.
Men's basketball hosts Mississippi State - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 28
Women's basketball at Ole Miss - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 1
Softball vs. Illinois - 11:30 a.m. (Tampa, Fla.)
Women's tennis at Arkansas - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Arkansas - 1:00 p.m.
Softball vs. USF - 2:00 p.m. (Tampa, Fla.)
Baseball hosts Akron - 4:00 p.m.
Track and field at NCAA Qualifying (South Bend, Ind./Fayetteville, Ark.)

Saturday, March 2
Baseball hosts Akron - Noon
Softball vs. Loyola Marymount - 12:15 p.m. (Tampa, Fla.)
Softball vs. Central Michigan - 2:45 p.m. (Tampa, Fla.)
Baseball hosts Akron - 3:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at Arkansas - 4:00 p.m.
Swimming and diving at Last Chance Meet (Knoxville, Tenn./Athens, Ga.)
Track and field at Last Chance Qualifier (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Sunday, March 3
Softball vs. Western Michigan - 9:00 a.m. (Tampa, Fla.)
Men's tennis hosts LSU - 1:00 p.m.
Women's tennis at LSU - 1:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at Ball State - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Akron - 1:00 p.m.
Women's basketball hosts Tennessee - 3:30 p.m.
Men's golf at USF Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)
Swimming and diving at Last Chance Meet (Knoxville, Tenn./ Athens, Ga.)

 Junior diver Greg Ferrucci will return to the boards at the 2013 SEC Championships while dealing with torn ligaments in his thumb. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Junior diver Greg Ferrucci will return to the boards at the 2013 SEC Championships while dealing with torn ligaments in his thumb. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
It's been a banner year for Kentucky diving. The Wildcats have racked up wins at an incredible pace, posting 18 combined individual wins from the men and women competitors out of a possible 32 events.

Ted Hautau took over the UK diving program in the 2008-09 season and had only two divers in the program. Since that time, Hautau has rebuilt the program from the ground up, currently has 10 divers on his roster and is looking for his athletes to make a splash on the national scene.

Last season, Hautau tailored his training regimen to allow for his athletes to be in prime condition at the 2012 Southeastern Conference Championships. After the success his team has had so far this season, Hautau has tweaked his plans for 2013.

"We're not exactly tapering for SECs," said Hautau. "We're shooting for NCAAs. I just told the team early on before the season that we're going to train through SECs. That doesn't mean I don't think we can perform well there; they perform well every week. So I expect they'll do well at this meet."

The Wildcats will receive a huge boost as the 2013 SEC Championships will mark the return of All-SEC performer junior Greg Ferrucci. A six-time SEC Diver of the Week winner including twice this season, Ferrucci was limited by a thumb injury heading into the Louisville meet. He was then held out of competition in the final dual meet of the season at Cincinnati.

With eight individual wins prior to the injury, Ferrucci left a big hole in the diving lineup. Kentucky's depth, however, was more than enough to make up for Ferrucci's absence. UK got strong performances from Corey Cowger, Zachary Zandona and junior captain John Fox, who all earned victories in Ferrucci's stead.

"He's a little bit of the engine of our program in the sense that everyone gets excited and he's a phenomenal diver," said Hautau of Ferrucci. "He's always great in big meets, and just having him back is a relief for him and fun for everybody else. Obviously from a points standpoint, he was the high scorer on the whole team."

Though Ferrucci will be back in competition, it's been nearly a month and a half since he dove at full strength. Ferrucci will be forced to dive through the pain this week, so he'll have to battle through the it if he hopes to get back to his winning ways at the SEC Championships. The time off, however, may have given him a chance to improve in other areas.

"His thumb, it is what it is," said Hautau. "He's going to have to tape it up and it might hurt a little bit. He's really strong right now, he's getting his air awareness back, so we'll see where he's at (this) week."

Fox - described by Hautau and his teammates as the heart and soul of the diving team - was a key component in holding the divers intact while Ferrucci healed. But Fox knows the importance of his teammate to the overall team's success moving forward.

"It's good to have him back," said Fox of Ferrucci. "I don't think it necessarily takes any pressure off the team, but having him around is great because he's incredibly talented and he just brings us up as a team, like our competitive level and everything."

With the whole unit finally back on the boards, Kentucky will have the opportunity to compete against top-notch competition before Zone Diving qualifying in March. The SEC Championships is just another opportunity for UK to really show who the best of the best is.

"The SEC environment is different than any other meet we go to," said Fox. "It's extremely competitive. The talent in our conference is amazing, so competing against those athletes is pretty special."

Though Kentucky expects to do well this week in Texas, they are more worried about being in top form for the Zone Diving event to qualify for the NCAA Championships

Last season, Ferrucci was the lone diver from UK to make it to the NCAAs. This season, UK will be training throughout its time at the SEC Championships with the hopes of qualifying a few more athletes for NCAAs. While that might make success difficult to come by this week, it will allow the Cats to be at full strength when the Zone Diving qualifying meet rolls around.

"I've decided as a program that we've got some depth on our team, we've got talent, they all kind of push each other, so we're at the point now that we're going to start grooming and shooting for NCAAs as a program and putting multiple kids there," said Hautau. "We've got a good shot this year to get more kids into NCAAs. So we're trending in the right direction."

Though the plans have changed this year, UK divers are looking forward to the challenge. Training through an event instead of preparing up to it makes a big difference physically. If UK can get over that hump mentally, the Cats can still enjoy success at the SECs while preparing for NCAA qualifying at the same time.

"It makes it difficult, but you just have to rely on your meet adrenaline," said Fox. "When you've got that going, you don't really feel anything in your body. It's more of a psychological thing. If you can just forget about it and go out there and trick yourself into thinking that you're feeling really good, you tend to dive pretty well. I don't think it's going to affect us too much. It will ensure that we peak at the right time at the end of the season."

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