Kentucky Wraps Up Sun Shall Shine Spring Intrasquad Meet

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second consecutive year, Kentucky swimming and diving hosted its Sun Shall Shine spring intrasquad meet on Friday afternoon inside the Lancaster Aquatic Center. Along with the opportunity to compete, the meet was held to honor those who have courageously battled cancer. 

“We’re honored to host this meet for the second year and to be able to honor Shane [Winstead] and all those who have fought this terrible disease,” head coach Lars Jorgensen said. “We wanted to keep Sun Shall Shine as a part of our program, and it was a great to be able to do that today with a great event.

This season the blue team took home bragging rights for the second time in as many years, defeating the white squad, 287-213. Sophomore Geena Freriks helped lead the blue team to victory, posting three individual wins in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter freestyle races. 

For the white team, sophomores Kathryn Painter and Haley McInerny each picked up a pair of wins. Painter won both the 800 freestyle and 200 butterfly, while McInerny posted victories in the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle.

Kentucky’s Blue-White meet was renamed the Sun Shall Shine meet last year in honor of Shane Winstead, the mother of current Kentucky freshman Madison Winstead. After Shane was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, Madison was granted a waiver by the NCAA to compete in the meet as a high school senior so her mother could watch as she donned a Kentucky cap for the first time. After fighting cancer for nearly two years, Shane passed away on Sept. 11.

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