Men's Swimming and Diving Picks Up First SEC Dual Win Since 2009


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky’s swimming and diving team ended its tri meet against Southeastern Conference foe LSU and Atlantic Coast Conference member Virginia Tech on Saturday evening.  The men recorded the only dual victory between the two teams, with a 198-188 decision over LSU, marking the first time since Jan. 17, 2009 against Alabama that the men had notched a dual victory in SEC action.  They dropped their dual to the Hokies, 209-180.  The women had a similar outcome against Virginia Tech, falling 203.5-185.5, and also lost to No. 24 LSU, 237.5-151.5.

The men secured four victories over LSU and three against Virginia Tech in the morning session.  Against the Tigers, Brandon Flynn, Sean Gunn and George Greenhalgh each secured individual victories.  

Flynn posted a 3:59.89 in the 400 IM to win against LSU and finish runner-up against VT, while Isaac Jones took third against the Tigers in 4:02.96.  Gunn and Crosthwaite had a strong performance in the 200 free, going 1-2 against LSU and 2-3 against the Hokies in 1:40.19 and 1:40.54.  Gunn’s time was just .12 seconds away from claiming the overall victory in the event.  Greenhalgh led the Blue and White in the 100 breast, finishing in 55.96 seconds for a time that would win against LSU and finish runner-up against Virginia Tech.  

The Wildcats claimed one individual victory against Virginia Tech, with Walker Thaning and Josh Swart going 1-2 in the 100 back in 49.68 and 49.80.  In the remaining individual event, Kyle Higgins finished second to both LSU and VT in the 100 fly, touching in at 48.92 seconds.

The morning session featured two relays, beginning the day with the 200 medley relay.  The quartet of Thaning, Greenhalgh, Higgins and Gunn combined to post a 1:30.46, which resulted in a victory over the Hokies and a runner-up finish to the Tigers.  The 800 free relay highlighted the morning session, as Gunn, Crosthwaite, Higgins and Jones fended off Virginia Tech for the overall win in 6:40.14.  The men also secured the second-place finish against LSU with Matthew Beach, Flynn, Andrew Aviotti and Bowen Anderson finishing in 6:49.54.  

Freshman diver Seb Masterton secured another victory on the platform with a career-best 337.80 points, edging out VT’s Logan Stevens by a slim .15 points.  

In the afternoon session, the men had two wins over LSU and were unable to secure a victory over the Hokies.  The 500 free featured a sweep against the Tigers with Higgins in 4:30.33, Aviotti in 4:30.82, and Jones in 4:31.92.  The trio finished behind VT’s Michal Szuba, who won the event in 4:30.02.  

Another victory over LSU came in the 50 free, in which Cobe Garcia finished just .04 seconds behind VT’s Ian Ho in 20.45 seconds, while Gunn took third against Virginia Tech and fourth against LSU in 20.81 seconds.  Crosthwaite led the team in the remaining individual event, clocking a 1:52.61 in the 200 IM to take third against LSU and fourth against the Hokies.

The men finished third overall and runner-up to LSU and Virginia Tech in both the 200 free and 400 medley relays.  Garcia, Thaning, Swart and Greenhalgh were the lead lineup in the 200 free relay, clocking in at 1:23.37, while the meet closed out with Thaning, Greenhalgh, Higgins and Gunn combining for a 3:18.21 in the 400 medley relay.

In the first session of the day for the women, the Wildcats had two victories over LSU and three against Virginia Tech.  Danielle Galyer and Kathryn Painter both secured overall individual wins, with Galyer recording an NCAA B cut in the 100 back in 54.71 seconds while Bridgette Alexander finished runner-up against LSU and third overall in 55.48 seconds.  In the 400 IM, Painter made up ground in the latter 200 to come away with a victory in 4:19.64, less than half a second away from a B cut.  Galyer also competed in the 400 IM, finishing second against LSU and third overall in 4:22.33.  

In the remaining individual events for the morning session, the lead Wildcat finished runner-up against both opponents.  Haley McInerny led the way in the 100 fly in 55.92 seconds, with Meredith Whisenhunt placing fourth against both teams in 57.59 seconds.  The 100 breast saw a similar finish, with Kendra Crew placing second to both LSU and VT in 1:04.23 while Ann Davies finished fourth in both duals in 1:06.36.  Geena Freriks led the way in the 200 free in 1:51.54 while Kendal Casey notched a 1:52.31, which put the two Wildcats at second and third in both duals.

The women finished runner-up to both LSU and Virginia Tech in the 200 medley relay, with Galyer, Crew, McInerny and Freriks finishing in 1:44.13.  Three of the four also capped off the morning session in the 800 free relay, with Freriks, Casey, McInerny and Galyer posting a 7:26.05 to finish second behind LSU and win over Virginia Tech.  

On the platform dive, Courtney Clark picked up a win over Virginia Tech and finished third to LSU with 241.35 points, while Rebecca Hamperian took third against the Hokies and fourth against LSU with 221.75 points.

The Wildcat women had one overall victory in the afternoon session, with an additional victory against the Hokies.  After dropping a tight 1650 free yesterday to Virginia Tech’s Jessica Hespeler, Casey came back in force in the 500 free to best the Hokie by more than a second and a half in 4:53.68, her fastest dual time of the year.  Kelly Berger touched in at 4:59.06, taking third in the LSU dual and fourth against Virginia Tech.

Freriks delivered the final win for the Wildcats, finishing fourth behind an LSU sweep but winning against the Hokies in the 50 free in 24.03 seconds.  Haley McInerny paced the team in the 200 IM, finishing third in the VT dual and fifth in the LSU dual in 2:06.36.

The 200 free relay took third in both duals behind Meghan Taylor, Alexander, Erin Hart and Frida Jakobsson’s time of 1:37.06.  The women capped off the meet with a 3:44.93 in the 400 medley relay, led off by an NCAA B cut of 54.97 seconds in the 100 back by Galyer along with Crew, McInerny and Freriks.

The Wildcats will be back in action on Jan. 23, when the team will travel to Louisville, Ky., for the annual rivalry meet against the No. 7/11 Cardinals of the University of Louisville.  The meet is slated to begin at 1 p.m. inside Ralph Wright Natatorium.

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