UK Women Notch Highest NCAA Team Finish Since 2008
March 23, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Thanks to a trio of top-16 finishes Saturday, the University of Kentucky swimming and diving team placed 23rd overall at the three-day NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.
The final day was highlighted by a fifth-place finish from junior Christina Bechtel in the 200 butterfly with a school-record time. Junior diver Christa Cabot finished 11th on platform after she finished eighth on 3-meter Friday, while Abby Myers finished 12th in the 200 butterfly to round out UK’s scoring at the championships.
“It was a great team effort,” UK head coach Lars Jorgensen said. “Our goal coming into the season was to place in the top 25, so we are very happy with that. The team worked hard and every swimmer and diver contributed. We have a young team and hopefully we can continue to move up the NCAA ladder.”
UK’s 23rd-place finish is the school’s best since 2008 and the first time since 2011 that the Wildcats scored points and earned a spot in the final standings.
After a school-record time of 1:53.72 in the 200 butterfly prelims to send her to the A Final, Bechtel bested her time with a 1:53.65 in the finals to finish fifth overall. It is the best finish at the NCAA Championship in Bechtel’s career.
Myers, who was entered into the race after a late scratch, swam a 1:56.23 in the prelims, a new personal-best and the second-fastest time in school history. The time earned her a spot in the B Final, where she finished fourth in the final and 12th overall with a 1:56.43.
On the platform, Cabot advanced to the B Final after a 292.80 in the prelims. She scored a 290.60 in the finals to finish third in her final and 11th overall. With six points today and 18 points yesterday, she earned 24 of UK’s 36 points at the three-day event.
Freshman Danielle Galyer capped her first NCAA Championships with a 36th-place finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:55.94.
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