Women's Swimming and Diving Downs Alabama in Close Dual Meet

Jan. 16, 2010

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - With a defining victory in the final race of the day the Kentucky women's swimming and diving team claimed a victory over Southeastern Conference foe Alabama with a clinching win in the 400-freestyle relay. UK edged Alabama by a 150-148 score, while the Kentucky men fell to the Tide by a 166-152 margin Saturday in Alabama.

The Wildcat women captured its signature victory behind a first place tap in the 400-free relay comprised of junior Jenna Newsome, sophomore Chelsea Peterson, junior Kayla Sergesketter and sophomore Kelsi Hall. The squad tapped in a time of 3:26.57 for the event victory and the meet. Newsome began the relay with a 52.09 split, followed by Peterson's 52.40 time. Sergesketter needed just 50.40 seconds and Hall anchored with a 51.68 time.

Hall and Sergesketter were individual winners in earlier races to help the Wildcats take down their first head-to-head dual meet win over a conference opponent. Hall captured the 50-freestyle in a time of 23.77. Newsome helped UK take the top two spots when she followed Hall's tap with a second place finish in a time of 23.98.

Sergesketter topped the field in the 200-freestyle to pace a 1-2 finish by the Blue and White. Sergesketter clocked in a time of 1:51.43 in the event, with senior Casey Miller finishing in second place in a time of 1:52.27.

Miller would go on to claim her own individual victory when she scored the top spot in the 200-individual medley with a time of 2:04.47.

Senior Chatham Penrod captured two individual wins for the Wildcats as she took both backstroke events. Penrod led a 1-2-3 finish by the Wildcats in the 200-back with a time of 2:01.66. Freshman Megan Eppler was second with a time of 2:03.57 and sophomore Claire Archibald rounded out the top three finishes with a third place touch of 2:04.51.

Penrod also claimed the 100-back with a time of 55.81. Freshman Kelcy Perry scored a second place tap to aid the UK cause with a clip of 58.42.

Freshman Trina Winsor rounded out the individual wins for the UK women with a first place finish in the 500-freestyle. Winsor tapped in a time of 4:56.38 to lead all racers.

Kentucky began the meet with a win in the 200-medley relay. Penrod, junior Lindsey Graessle, senior Megan Pulskamp and Newsome teamed up for a time of 1:42.89 and the win. Penrod took the backstroke leg with a clip of 26.08, Graessle in the breaststroke with a time of 29.27, Pulskamp in the butterfly stage with a time of 24.33 and Newsome in the freestyle slot with a clip of 23.21.On the men's side, UK concluded the meet with a 1-2 finish in the 400-free relay to help bring UK closer to the home standing Tide. Seniors Eric McGinnis and Alex Forbes, junior Tyler Reed and senior Kyle Greene comprised the winning quartet that used just 3:03.18 in the event. McGinnis led off with a 46.10 split followed by Forbes' 45.33 time. Reed was third with a time of 45.99 and Greene anchored using a 45.76 split.

Reed, McGinnis and Forbes all scored individual victories as well. Reed and Greene formed a 1-2 finish in the 200-freestyle. Reed clocked in a time of 1:38.92, followed by Greene's second-place showing of a 1:41.09 time.

McGinnis led four UK swimmers who were the first to touch the wall in the 50-free. McGinnis placed first with the 20.41 time in the event. Senior Elvis Burrows (20.82), junior Colin Faris (20.90) and junior Chip Aplin (20.93) followed.

Forbes led another 1-2-3-4 finish by the Blue and White in the 100-freestyle. Forbes (45.34), led Greene (45.56), McGinnis (46.81) and freshman David Sanders (47.10) in the event.

Burrows would go on to win the 100-butterfly using a time of 49.32 to help keep the Wildcats within striking distance.

Highlighting the conclusion of the meet, freshman Zach McGinnis captured his first collegiate individual victory by topping the field in the 200-backstroke. McGinnis scored a first-place tap with a time of 1:50.90 in the event.

Kentucky returns to action on Sat. Jan, 23rd when they travel to intrastate rival Louisville. The meet is scheduled for a 2 p.m. ET. For the most up-to-date information regarding the Kentucky swimming and diving squads please visit UKathletics.com.