Two More Records Fall in Second Day of Ohio State Invite
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Kentucky swimming team continued to see
success at the Ohio State Invitational on Saturday, recording 28 NCAA
B-standard swims, smashing two more Kentucky records and earning its second
NCAA automatic qualifying time of the season.
Freshman Asia Seidt continued to shine for the Blue and White, starting the day off with a school-record swim in the 400-yard individual medley. Her preliminary swim of 4:09.33 surpassed the previous record of 4:10.92 by more than a second. Seidt now owns two individual UK records in the 200 IM and 400 IM, along with contributing to the school-record time in the 400 medley relay posted last night. Three additional Wildcats earned NCAA consideration in event, with Kathryn Painter finishing in 4:12.54, Keirsten Farley-Sepe in 4:16.28 and Ann Davies in 4:18.28.
Another freshman, Madison Winstead earned the Wildcats second school-record time of the day, after swimming a 1:00.63 in the 100-yard breaststroke finals. The previous record of 1:01.03 was posted by current UK senior Kendra Crew last season.
Four Wildcats from the women’s team posted two NCAA consideration swims in the 100 backstroke today in Seidt, Danielle Galyer, Bridgette Alexander and Ali Galyer. Although Danielle Galyer posted UK’s fastest time in the prelims with a 52.75 finish, Seidt swam the fastest time on the day, finishing third in the finals with a 51.50 finish. Seidt’s time came in just five-hundredths of a second short of an automatic NCAA qualifying time.
The women’s team also earned its second automatic qualifying time of the season, as Ali Galyer, Freriks, Danielle Galyer and Seidt teamed up to post a 7:05.17 in the 800 freestyle relay, which was the second fastest time in the event overall.
Sophomore Haley McInerny earned UK’s fastest time in the women’s 100 butterfly on Saturday, posting two B cuts with her 54.30 in prelims and 54.28 in the finals. Farley-Sepe added two additional B standard times in the event, swimming her fastest time of the day in the prelims in 54.34.
After breaking the school record in the 500 freestyle event on Friday, sophomore Geena Freriks added two more B standard swims in the 200 free to her accomplishments Saturday. In the finals, Freriks posted her fastest time of the day with her sixth-place time of 1:46.14. She was the only Wildcat male or female to earn NCAA consideration in the event.
On the men’s side, Brandon Flynn posted the first two B standard times for the day in the 400 IM. His preliminary time was the faster of the two, coming in at 3:51.92. Freshman Glen Brown also earned NCAA consideration in the event with his finals time of 3:53.64.
Senior Kyle Higgins added two B standard times in the 100-yard butterfly event, with his 47.61 prelims swim and 47.14 finals time. Higgins’ finals time marks a season best.
Freshman Wyatt Amdor added the final B standard swim for the men’s team, tallying a 54.98 in the 100 breaststroke event. The swim also puts Amdor at eighth in UK’s all-time performers in the event.
Kentucky’s divers were also in action today at the House of Champions in Indianapolis. In the women’s 1-meter event, senior Rebecca Hamperian turned in Kentucky’s top performance with a third-place tally of 304.25. For the men, sophomore Seb Masterton paced the Wildcats, finishing 11th with a score of 318.00.
The Wildcats will wrap up both the OSU Invitational and the House of Champions on Sunday. Action in Columbus will begin at 9 a.m. ET, while the House of Champions is slated to start at 10. The finals of the OSU Invite are set for a 3 p.m. start time.