25 Cats Set to Represent Kentucky at Olympic Swimming Trials

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OMAHA, Neb. – Kentucky swimming is set to appear on one of the biggest stages in the sport, the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.  The Trials will be held in the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., and will be an eight-day event starting on Sunday, June 26, and ending on Sunday, July 2.

At the beginning of the season, head coach Lars Jorgensen noted to his team that a benchmark of a program’s success is not only how they perform at the conference and national collegiate level, but how many athletes represent the university at the Olympic Trials.  He had set a goal for the team to have 25 athletes qualifying, and the Wildcats exceeded their expectations with 28 swimmers posting a Trials cut.  Of those 28, 25 headed to Omaha on Friday to represent UK throughout 37 entries in the upcoming Trials.

“In our sport, the biggest thing we can do is the Olympic Trials,” explained Jorgensen. “In Omaha, the venue is sold out every night for the championships.  To get 14-15,000 people a night to come watch swimming, it’s pretty exciting for our athletes.”

The venue is expected to not only sell out for the championship sessions in the evening, but has reported an estimated total attendance of over 200,000 fans with all 15 sessions sold out.

The preliminary heats for each day will begin at 10 a.m. CDT, with semifinal and final heats starting at 6:45 p.m. The top two swimmers in each championship heat will earn a berth to Rio on the US Olympic Team.

Kentucky also has a representative on the diving side in the hunt for an Olympic bid, as UK alum Lisa Faulkner advanced to the finals of the 10m platform dive earlier this week at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials.  Faulkner currently sits in sixth with 597.05 points, and will compete in the finals tonight at 8 p.m. ET, which will be broadcast on NBC.

For a complete list of Kentucky’s 37 entries, see the below table.

Sunday, June 26

(Seed) Athlete

Men’s 400m IM


Women’s 100m Fly

(9) Christina Bechtel

(51) Haley McInerny

(66) Abby Myers

Men’s 400m Free

(48) Scott Crosthwaite

Women’s 400 IM

(40) Kathryn Painter

Men’s 100m Breast




Monday, June 27


Women’s 100m Back

(15) Danielle Galyer

(24) Bridgette Alexander

Men’s 200m Free

(58) Scott Crosthwaite

Women’s 100m Breast

(92) Kendra Crew

Men’s 100m Back

(142) Josh Swart

(171) Walker Thaning

Women’s 400m Free

(52) Kendal Casey

(79) Geena Freriks

(84) Kelly Berger



Tuesday, June 28


Women’s 200m Free

(95) Danielle Galyer

(112) Kristen Wilson

Men’s 200m Fly

(39) Kyle Higgins

(66) Jacob Smith

(83) Matthew Beach

Women’s 200m IM

(93) Ann Davies



Wednesday, June 29


Men’s 100m Free


Women’s 200m Fly

(8) Christina Bechtel

(35) Abby Myers

(44) Haley McInerny

(77) Meredith Whisenhunt

Men’s 200m Breast




Thursday, June 30


Women’s 100m Free

(80) Geena Freriks

Men’s 200m Back


Women’s 200m Breast

(49) Kendra Crew

(110) Ann Davies

Men’s 200m IM




Friday, July 1


Men’s 50m Free

(60) Cobe Garcia

(82) Eric Bruck

Women’s 800m Free

(71) Kelly Berger

Men’s 100m Fly

(56) David Dingess

(92) Kyle Higgins

Women’s 200m Back

(8) Danielle Galyer

(29) Bridgette Alexander

(130) Kayla Churman

(131) Kristen Keifer



Saturday, July 2


Women’s 50m Free


Men’s 1500m Free

(33) Drew Aviotti



Sunday, July 3


No Prelims, Finals only



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