Wildcats Fall Just Short at Virginia Tech
Nov. 6, 2009
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The University of Kentucky swimming and diving teams fell just short in a dual meet with Virginia Tech this afternoon. A number of UK individuals once again put on spectacular performances, but the Hokies claimed a 161.5-136.5 win over the UK men and a 176-122 victory over UK's women.
To begin the meet, Kentucky's 200-medley relay taking the opening event. Penrod combined with juniors Lindsey Graessle and Megan Pulskamp and sophomore Kelsi Hall for a 1:44.67 time in the event. Penrod (26.45) opened the backstroke leg with Graessle earning a 30.03 clip in the breaststroke portion. Pulskamp earned a 24.71 clip in the butterfly leg and Hall anchored the freestyle portion with a 23.48 time.
UK's men narrowly missed a win in the same event as Virginia Tech edged the Wildcats by a tiny margin. The Hokies earned a 1:31.26 clip while UK tapped in a time of 1:31.54.
Junior Tyler Reed picked up the first individual win of the day for the Cats when he captured first in the 200-free with a time of 1:39.84. Reed would go on to earn a second place finish in the 500-free in a time of 4:35.71.
Penrod clocked in a time of 56.81 for her win in the 100-back. The junior followed that performance with a win in the 200-back with a clip of 2:03.77.
Junior Jenna Newsome placed first overall in the 50-free with a time of 23.81. Senior Eric McGinnis followed suit with a win in the same event in a time of 20.58. McGinnis led a sweep in the event by the Blue and White as seniors Elvis Burrows (20.98) and Alex Forbes (21.04) tapped in just behind McGinnis.
Forbes then took his turn as a first-place finisher when he won the 100-free in a time of 45.87. McGinnis placed second clocking in at 46.26. Burrows led a 1-2 finish for the Cats in the 100-fly. Burrows (50.07) edged out classmate Warren Grobbelaar (50.19) in the event.
Pulskamp posted a win in the 100-fly as well on the women's side by earning the victory in a time of 55.78. Earlier in the meet Pulskamp was the second-place finisher in the 200-fly with a time of 2:04.18.
Sophomore Matt Russell posted his first win of the season by tapping first in the field of the 200-individual medley. Russell clocked in a time of 1:55.26 in the event. He also earned second place in the 100-breast earlier with a time of 58.33.
For the third consecutive meet Faulkner won both diving events by a wide margin. Faulkner scored a 298.50 score in her win on the three-meter. She totaled a 280.20 score on the one-meter in her first win of the day.
Rounding out the wins for the day the UK men capped off the meet by claiming first in the 400-free relay. McGinnis (46.16), Reed (45.39), Forbes (45.77) and senior Kyle Greene (45.95) dominated the event by earning a 3:03.27 time.
The Blue and White also had a number of second place performances in the loss. Freshman Zach McGinnis continues to climb the ladder as he scored two second place taps in the backstroke events. McGinnis touched in a time of 51.89 in the 100-back and a 1:52.49 time in the 200-back.
Graessle placed second in the 100-breast clocking in a time of 1:06.10 in the event. Freshman Maclin Simpson earned a 1:54.28 time in the 200-fly for second place. Senior Casey Miller was second in the women's 200-individual medley with a time of 2:08.39 and freshman John Fox scored a second-place score of 316.57 on the three-meter board.
Kentucky will have little rest as they hit the water again at 10 a.m. ET Saturday morning. UK will travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a matchup with the Cavaliers of Virginia.
For the most up-to-date information regarding the Kentucky swimming and diving squads please visit UKathletics.com.