Cats Prepare for South Carolina, College of Charleston

Jan. 6, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky swimming and diving teams are set to hit the pool again on Friday, arriving in Columbia, S.C., for a tri-meet with host school South Carolina and the College of Charleston. It will be the Cats’ second meet in just three days.

“We are looking forward to getting back into SEC competition,” UK head coach Gary Conelly said. “South Carolina is going to present a challenge to both our men's and women's teams. We will have to perform at a very high level to be successful against the Gamecocks. This meet will be a very good indicator of where we are in our season and what we have gained from our training over the semester break.”

The Kentucky men’s and women’s teams are coming off convincing wins in Savannah, Ga., over the Savannah College of Art and Design and Limestone College. The men’s side came out on top by a score of 112-87 over SCAD, and 134-55 over Limestone. The women’s side defeated SCAD 135-62, and Limestone 135-55.

On the men’s side, Kentucky won five of the 11 events they competed in, taking the top-two spots in four of those five events.

The UK women finished in first and second in nine of the 11 events they competed in, including sweeping the top-three spots in three events.

Friday's meet will follow the standard 16-event format with the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, along with the 200 IM and 1,000 freestyle. One-meter diving will begin at 1 p.m. ET, and the swimming portion of the meet will start at 2 p.m. ET.

The Cats won’t rest long following their meet in Columbia, S.C. UK will head north for another tri-meet Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C., their third in four days. In Chapel Hill, the Wildcats will swim against host-school North Carolina and Clemson, both of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Stay tuned to for results from Friday’s tri-meet against South Carolina and the College of Charleston and all Kentucky swimming and diving news.