Swimming and Diving Back in Action at Arkansas

Jan. 9, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky men's and women's swimming and diving teams will once again be in action with their second meet in three days on Saturday. The two teams will converge in Fayetteville, Ark., as the women face the host Razorbacks and Big 12 member Missouri in a tri-meet. The UK men will dual with the Tigers in neutral waters.

Wednesday, the Wildcats had several impressive individual performances in their first meet of the 2009 calendar year. Three UK women earned top season times against LSU. Seniors Haleigh Kerns and Leah Harms scored season-best clips in the 1000-free event. Additionally, the duo finished in a one-two punch in the event.

Junior Megan Pulskamp also tapped in a season-best mark with a win in the 200-fly. She teamed up with freshman Claire Archibald and sophomores Lindsey Graessle and Jenna Newsome to score a season-best time in the 400-medley relay to conclude the meet.

Diver Jessie Snowden continues to impress in her sophomore campaign. The Washington native, captured wins on both springboards to secure two first place finishes for the Wildcat women. Her score on the one-meter board was a season-high as well.

On the men's side, senior Shane Eliason scored a season-best time in his second-place finish in the 100-back. He would then go on to take the top finish in the 200-back. Sophomore Tyler Reed and junior Eric McGinnis also earned individual victories in Baton Rouge. Reed took first in the 200-free, with McGinnis ruling both sprint freestyle events.

The men wrapped up the meet with a victory in the 200-free relay. McGinnis joined juniors Alex Forbes and Kyle Greene and Eliason in the event tapping in a time of 1:21.30, a full second ahead of LSU.

Arkansas has enjoyed an impressive start to their 2008-09 season rolling to 6-1 dual meet record, with their only loss coming at the hands of Tennessee. Missouri's women have only participated in two dual meets, while participating in a variety of Invitational's in the fall season.

On the men's side, the Tigers took a victory over Louisville but dropped a dual meet to Texas A&M to open the season. Missouri placed second at the Big 12 relays and captured first in the Missouri Invite.

A complete recap of the UK swimming and diving teams at Arkansas can be found at Kentucky's homepage on UKathletics.com.