Kentucky Swimmers Take Second Place at Volunteer Invitational

Nov. 17, 2012

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Kentucky’s men’s and women’s swimming teams each took second place in the Volunteer Invitational as Day 3 of the championship-format meet commenced Saturday evening. The men (1020) fell just short of Tennessee (1264) but took down Duke (693). The women’s team (847) also grabbed second place behind the host Volunteers (1189), but outswam Colorado State (772.5) and Duke (611.5).

For the third straight day, the Wildcats fared poorly in the preliminary rounds, only to see themselves recover in the second session.

“We struggled again in prelims but swam lights out in finals,” said Kentucky head swimming coach Gary Conelly. “Considering how hard we have been training, I am very pleased with our times. We had some real outstanding swims from Kate Jones, Laura Dawson, Zack Perrotti, Matt Roman, and many others.

“We are really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

The Volunteer Invitational could be a sign for things to come as Kentucky continued to improve their times and have some of their best results of the season.

For the third straight day, sophomore Julia Gerotto picked up an individual win, with this one coming in the 1650-freestyle. Gerotto posted a first-place time of 16:47.87 to win the first event of the day. She narrowly missed another victory, placing in second in the 200-butterfly with a final time of 2:00.44.

Gerotto was the driving force behind the women for most of the meet.

Freshman Laura Dawson had a breakout day as well in the third and final day of the meet. She picked up a second place time of 2:01.03 in the 200-backstroke. She also finished sixth in the 200-butterfly with a time of 2:05.72.

The women also picked up a third place in the 400-freestyle relay as Megan Eppler, Mandy Myers, Dawson and Frida Jakobsson touching the wall at 3:25.43.

For the men, David Lee Duggins picked up a second place finish in the 200-backstroke with a final time of 1:49.61.

They then owned three of top four spots in the 200-buttefly, including event winner freshman Matt Roman who continued his coming out party. Roman picked up the victory with a final time of 1:51.09. Freshman Zack Perrotti finished in third (1:51.30) while senior Tripp Crosthwaite touched the wall in fourth at 1:51.51.

The men’s 400-freestyle relay team then helped finish up a strong meet with a second place time in the event. John Bullock, Nick Watson, Jake Thomas and Travis Green combined to pick up the second place finish at 3:04.99.

For the divers, Greg Ferrucci continued to impress as he has all season. After picking up victories in the 1-meter and 3-meter in the first two days of the meet, Ferrucci took to the platform for the first time this season in competition. With a final score of 383.35, Ferrucci claimed first place in the men’s platform, giving him his third victory in three days and a sweep of the events at the Volunteer Invitational.

"This was our first platform competition of the season and it was good to get a chance to compete dives we have been working," said Kentucky head diving coach Ted Hautau. "Greg beat the reigning SEC champion, competing two new dives very well for this time of the year."

Kentucky will now take a break as they begin training for the second half of its season. The swimmers will not compete again until Jan. 5, 2013 when they travel to Baton Rouge, La. for a dual-meet with Louisiana State. The diving team will be back in action Nov.29 when they travel to Oxford, Ohio in a three-day meet with Miami University.