Swimming Men and Women Earn First Win of Season

Oct. 26, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky swimming and diving team traveled to Columbia, Mo., for their first road meet of the 2012-13 season on Friday. Kentucky’s men’s and women’s swimming team came away with their first victories of the season as they defeated Southern Illinois. The men defeated SIU 193.00-105.00, while the women won 212.00-87.00.

Southeastern Conference opponents Missouri and Arkansas came away victorious over the Wildcats. Kentucky’s men fell to Missouri 205.00-93.00. Arkansas, which only fields a women’s team, defeated UK 212.00-88.00, and Missouri won 164.00-135.00.

“It was a pretty good effort,” said swimming head coach Gary Conelly. “The coaching staff saw a lot of improvement from last week, which is very gratifying since we trained very hard and spent most of Thursday traveling.

“Maybe not happy with the scores of the meets, but pleased with the effort and direction we are heading.”

Kentucky swimmers picked up two wins a piece on both the men’s and women’s side Friday afternoon. In its last meet UK combined for just one total victory.

In the 100-butterfly, senior captain Mandy Myers won her first event of the season touching the board first with a time of 55.53. Sophomore Christina Bechtel placed in the 100-butterfly two spots behind Myers with a third-place finish with a final time of 66.10.

Bechtel was the first Wildcat to record a victory on the afternoon, winning the 200-butterfly event, picking up her first win of the season breezing in with a time of 2:03.97.

For the men, sophomore Lucas Gerotto pulled off his second win in as many meets in the 100-butterfly event, besting last week’s time of 49.70 with the winning time of 49.46. Senior Ramon Walton finished the race in third place with a time of 50.99.

Gerotto also picked up a third place finish in the 50-freestyle with a time of 21.15, finishing right behind junior Chris Lott (21.09) who finished second.

The men won their first relay of the season, taking home first in the 4x100-freestyle relay. The Cats dominated the event with the team consisting of Lott, Will Heidler, Gerotto, and Chris Thomas tallying the winning time of 3:05.62. Kentucky also took third place as John Bullock, Cameron Hyde, Scott Crosthwaite, and Travis Green rallied for a third-place finish (3:09.81).

Senior Megan Eppler had another solid meet this week. She placed second in the 100-freestyle event (51.42) and took home a third in the 50-freestyle (25.58).

Fellow senior Tripp Crosthwaite earned a couple of third place finishes in the 200-butterfly (1:52.54) and in the 200-IM (1:54.90).

The divers had another solid showing this weekend, though they cooled off a bit from last Friday’s hot start.

“Overall we were a little flat today,” said head diving coach Ted Hautau. “We weren’t loose and positive and that started from the coach all the way down.”

“I had to apologize to the team. It was a good learning experience and I think it will help us mentally going forward.”

Sophomore Christa Cabot earned a second place in the three-meter event, scoring a 272.35 with freshman teammate Rebecca Hamperian earning third place (269. 75). Sarah Chewning earned a third-place score in the one-meter dive (255.40).

For the men, junior Greg Ferrucci battled through illness to earn a second place score of 355.30 in the one-meter event. Senior captain John Fox placed third in the men’s three-meter (321.80).

Kentucky will be back in the pool next Friday, Nov. 2, as the Wildcats play host to SEC opponent Auburn at 2 p.m. ET.