Penrod, Faulkner earn All-American honors
March 19, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Seniors Chatham Penrod and Lisa Faulkner earned All-American honorable mention honors Friday at the 2011 women's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas, as the Kentucky women's swimming and diving team closed out day two of the 2011 championships.
Penrod, one of the best backstroke swimmers in program history, entered the 100 backstroke finals with a time of 53.23 to finish in 14th place in the prelims. Penrod then tapped in with a time of 53.96 in the consolation finals to finish in 16th place and earn All-American honorable mention honors.
Faulkner, who finished in 16th on the one-meter dive Thursday, earning honorable mention All-American honors, earned All-American honorable mention honors again Friday with a 15th place finish on the three-meter board.
Faulkner, who transferred to Kentucky from George Mason after her sophomore season, recorded a score of 324.20 in the prelims for a 10th place finish. In the consolation finals Faulkner scored a 298.70 to finish in 15th.
"Lisa had another good day," UK diving head coach Ted Hautau said. "What she has done in two years has been remarkable. This is a very talented and experienced field of divers and I was very pleased with her composure and toughness under pressure. She dived well today."
The Kentucky 200-medley relay team of Penrod, senior Lindsey Graessle, junior Mandy Myers and senior Kayla Sergesketter finished the prelims in 15th place with a time of 1:39.10 to earn a spot in the consolation finals. Unfortunately, the quartet disqualified in the finals and did not earn any points.
Myers swam a career best time in the 100 butterfly on Friday, tapping in at 54.31. Myers topped her previous best time by .02.
In addition to the 200-medley relay, Sergesketter also swam the 200 freestyle on Friday. The senior from Jasper, Ind., clocked in at 1:49.28.
Graessle finished the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.60 to finish in 44th place.
Saturday, the final day of the women's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will feature the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving and the 400-freestyle relay.
Live video of Saturday's championship races can be seen at ESPN3.com. Go to UKathletics.com for live results and recaps for each day of the championship meet, and for all Kentucky swimming and diving news.
2011 WOMEN'S NCAA SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center
March 17-19, 2011
-- Kentucky (Penrod, Graessle, Myers, Sergesketter) 1:39.10 (Preliminaries) DQ (Finals)
50. Mandy Myers 54.31
58. Kayla Sergesketter 1:49.28
44. Lindsey Graessle 1:02.60
16. Chatham Penrod 53.23 (Preliminaries) 53.96 (Finals)
15. Lisa Faulkner 324.20 (Preliminaries) 298.70 (Finals)