Wildcats Set for SEC Championships

Feb. 17, 2009

AUBURN, Ala. -

Trying to ride the momentum still lingering from the unprecedented home meet with Louisville, the Kentucky swimming and diving teams are off to the SEC Championships this week in Auburn, Ala.

The women's team finished off their regular season stretch in style on a four meet winning streak. The Wildcats did not lose a meet after dropping a close one to Arkansas in Fayetteville on Jan. 10. During their four meet stretch the Blue and White posted wins over Missouri, Alabama, Louisville and Cincinnati. The women head into the SEC Championships on the backs of juniors Megan Pulskamp and Casey Miller who have had exceptional outings in the last two meets. Both women set UK records in that meet against Louisville.

Jessie Snowden is the reigning SEC Freshman Diver of the Year and will look to improve upon her outstanding first meet a year ago.

Sophomore Chatham Penrod has also enjoyed a final month of training leading up to the conference meet. Penrod, a red-shirt sophomore, who missed all of last season due to a shoulder injury, is just a mere pace off of breaking both school records in the backstroke events. She has already achieved personal best times in the final weeks of the season.

On the men's side, the Wildcats have won two out of their last four meet meets, including wins against Missouri and Alabama. Kentucky's men's squad has also had an incredible finish to their dual meet season. Despite falling to Louisville, the men had a number of athletes achieve personal best times and qualifying for the NCAA Championships including: Morne' Boshoff, Elvis Burrows and Tyler Reed.

Eight Wildcats in all received NCAA "B" cut qualifying standards in the dual meet with Louisville. Included are - freshman Morne' Boshoff - sophomores Lindsey Graessle, Chatham Penrod and Tyler Reed - and juniors Casey Miller, Megan Pulskamp, Elvis Burrows and Anna Sirmon.

The SEC Championships are set to begin Feb. 18 in Auburn, Ala., where a collection of the nation's top swimmers and divers will converge to decide the SEC crown.

Live results of the meet can be by visiting the official host of the 2009 SEC Championships Auburn's home page, www.auburntigers.com. A complete recap following each day of events can be found at UK's official home page.

Stay tuned to UKathletics.com for all of the news and notes about the UK swimming and diving teams.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
Prelims 12:00 pm -12:30 pm
Swimming Preliminaries (M/W)
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay 12:30 pm -1:45 pm

Diving Preliminaries
Men's 1-Meter Finals
6:00 pm -6:30pm

Diving Final
Men's 1-Meter 6:30 pm

Swimming Final (M/W)
200 Medley Relay 7:00 pm -7:30pm

Diving Final
Women's 3-Meter 7:30 pm

Swimming Final (M/W)
800 Freestyle Relay

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009
Prelims 10:00 am

Swimming Preliminaries (M/W)
500yd Freestyle
200yd Individual Medley
50yd Freestyle 12:30 pm-1:45 pm

Diving Preliminaries
Women's 1-Meter 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Diving Preliminaries
Men's 3-Meter Finals 5:30pm

Diving Final
Women's 1-Meter 6:00pm

Swimming Finals (M/W)
500yd Freestyle
200yd Individual Medley
50yd Freestyle
Men's 3-meter Diving Finals
200yd Freestyle Relay

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
Prelims 10:00 am

Swimming Preliminaries (M/W)
400 Individual Medley
100yd Butterfly
200yd Freestyle
100yd Breaststroke
100yd Backstroke 12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Diving Preliminaries
Women's Platform

Finals 6:00pm

Swimming Finals (M/W)
400yd Individual Medley
100yd Butterfly
200yd Freestyle
100yd Breaststroke
100yd Backstroke
Women's Platform Diving Finals
400yd Medley Relay

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2009
Prelims 10:00am

Swimming Preliminaries (M/W)
200yd Backstroke
100yd Freestyle
200yd Breaststroke
200yd Butterfly 12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Diving Preliminaries
Men's Platform

Finals 4:00pm (approximately)
Swimming 1650yd Freestyle (all but final heat) (M/W)

6:00pm Swimming Finals (M/W)
1650yd Freestyle Final Heats
200yd Backstroke
100yd Freestyle
200yd Breaststroke
200yd Butterfly
Men's Platform Diving Finals
400yd Freestyle Relay