Kentucky Drops Dual Meet to Auburn

Nov. 2, 2012

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky Swimming & Diving teams hosted defending Southeastern Conference Champions Auburn Friday afternoon in a dual meet at the Lancaster Aquatic Center. The men's and women's swimming teams each held their own early on gathering some individual event wins, but the Tigers proved to be too much for the Wildcats as the men fell 205.5 to 94.5 and the women 212.5 to 87.5.

The diving events got the meet started Friday afternoon with an early 1 p.m. start. Kentucky's divers excelled with the head start as junior Greg Ferrucci handily defeated the competition claiming first in the men's 1-meter event with a score of 370.05. Kentucky's women took first and second in the 3-meter event as freshman Rebecca Hamperian won the event with a 290.10 while Christa Cabot took the runner-up (271.20).

Hamperian struck again in the 1-meter event, taking first with a final score of 310.95, while Cabot followed her up once more with a second place score of 274.05. Ferrucci also picked up his second victory of the day by a 63.23 points margin with a winning tally of 422.78.

"We had a good day. The girls were really on fire," said Kentucky head diving coach Ted Hautau. Just nice and relaxed and Rebecca Hamperian was outstanding. The three meter wasn't quite there, but in the one meter was probably the best she's been this year."

Though the scores may not suggest it, the Wildcats had some impressive individual efforts in the pool on the afternoon, which is encouraging considering the quality of the competition they faced.

"I feel like we're going in the right direction," said head swimming coach Gary Conelly. "We've trained really hard and we're pretty beat up.

"This is obviously a really good opponent. Most of our swimmers raced really hard and I feel pretty good about where we're going."

The Kentucky men came out firing as the relay squad of Ramon Walton (23.55), Nikola Lemac (26.20), Lucas Gerotto (21.46), and Will Heidler (20.34) took home first with a time of 1:31.55 in the 200-medley relay.

Sophomore Julia Gerotto found a great deal of success against the Tigers picking up an individual win and a second place. In the first individual event of the day Gerotto placed second in the 1000-freestyle coming in at 10:13.59. She then picked up her first win of the season in the 200-butterfly beating the field with a final time of 2:02.44.

Gerotto later went on to take another second place finish in the grueling 400-individual medley (4:26.53) while junior Samantha Wright finished third (4:36.94).

Her brother Lucas Gerotto continued his hot streak with his third win in as many meets. For the third consecutive week, Gerotto claimed first in the 100-butterfly event, and once again bested last week's time of 49.46 with a winning time of 49.25. Teammate and senior Tripp Crosthwaite finished second in the event with a final time of 50.09.

Lucas Gerotto also picked up a third place finish in the 200-butterfly (1:52.49).

In the women's 100-butterfly, freshman Laura Dawson picked up a second place finish with a final time of 56.53.

Senior Travis Green also grabbed a second place result (4:35.47), narrowly missing out on a win by .27 seconds in the 500-freestyle.

Kentucky will take the upcoming weekend off before traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Tennessee Invite. The Tennessee Invite is a three-day event spanning from Nov. 15 through Nov. 17.