Swimming and Diving Notebook: Newsome Wins Two Events

July 20, 2009

Knoxville, Tenn. - Four University of Kentucky swimmers participated in the Summer Speedo Championship Series in Knoxville this weekend. Jenna Newsome highlighted the event for the Wildcats with wins in both the 50- and 100-freestyle.

Newsome led three UK swimmers in the top-12 with her first place showing in the 50-free. Newsome tapped in a time of 26.34, a career-best clip and a time that qualifies for the US Open Championships.

Mandy Myers also recorded a top-eight finish when she clocked in a time of 26.84 for sixth place overall. Her time was also a career-best finish.

Rounding out the top-12 finishes was Kayla Sergesketter who notched a 12th place finish in a time of 27.21, also a career-best time.

Newsome also captured the 100-free in stylish fashion by capturing the final event of the weekend for the Blue and White. Newsome came in with a time of 57.77 for her second first place finish of the weekend. Myers and Sergesketter also earned top-10 finishes in the event.

Myers took sixth in a time of 58.64 and Sergesketter placed 10th with a clip of 58.36. Sergesketter was second in the "B" final with that time.

On Friday night, all three women came back in a flurry with a second consecutive evening of three UK swimmers placing in the top-12.

In the 200-free, Myers led the way with a fourth-place showing in a time of 2:06.39.

Sergesketter scored the best time in the finals but narrowly missed being in the "A' final in the preliminary heats. She edged out the field in the "B" final with an overall ninth-place finish when she tapped with a clip of 2:06.27. Newsome took 12th place in a time of 2:07.42. All three women recorded career-best times in the event.

Myers continued her impressive meet on Saturday with a 14th place finish in the 100-butterfly. She touched the wall in a time of 1:03.84 after earning a career-best clip in the preliminary heat to make it back to the finals.

Sydney Witzky also put together a good showing at the meet. Witzky earned top times in the 100-free (1:01.21) and the 50-free (28.16).

Stay tuned to Ukathletics.com for more information about the Kentucky swimming and diving teams.