Wildcats Break Three School Records in Day One of Ohio State Invite
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Kentucky swimming team completed day one of the Ohio State Invitational Friday night, in which it saw three school records broken, its first NCAA A standard time of the season and 31 B standard swims.
The first highlight of the day came as sophomore Geena Freriks turned in a school-record time of 4:39.34 in the preliminary round of the 500-yard freestyle race, which is good for NCAA consideration. Her second-place finish secured her a spot in Friday night’s A Final, where she turned in a 4:40.42 for second place overall in the event.
Four additional Wildcats from the women’s team posted B standard times in the 500 free. Freshman Ali Galyer had B cuts in both the prelims and finals, but posted the her best of the day in the finals, with a fifth-place time of 4:42.55. Kendal Casey, Paige Kelly and Kathryn Painter also had B cuts in both rounds of the event.
One of the biggest successes of the day came from freshman Asia Seidt, who recorded the very first A standard time for the Wildcats this season after posting a 1:55.33 in the 200 individual medley finals. In addition to automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the event, her finish now sits as the No. 1 time in the event in school history, surpassing the previous record of 1:58.49 (Danielle Galyer, 2014) by more than four seconds.
To cap off a record-breaking night, the women’s 400 medley relay team of Danielle Galyer, Kendra Crew, Seidt and Freriks finished second with a B cut time of 3:33.71, to earn them the top spot inside the UK record books as well.
On the men’s side, senior Kyle Higgins earned the top finish in the A Final of the 500 freestyle race on Friday night, posting a personal best of 4:20.25. Higgins’ was the only first-place time of the day for UK. Junior Isaac Jones also recorded two B cut times in the event, as he turned in a 4:22.92 in prelims, only to better his time in the finals, touching in 4:22.34.
Freshman Glen Brown earned NCAA consideration in both his 200 IM swims as well, posting a 1:48.53 in the morning session and a season-best 1:48.48 in the finals. Brown now claims the sixth-best time in program history in the event.
Freshman sprinter Peter Wetzlar grabbed the final B standard time for the men in Friday’s finals as he turned in a 20.11 in the 50-yard freestyle race. Wetzlar is the only Wildcat, male or female, to earn NCAA consideration in the event so far this season.
The Wildcats will dive back into action tomorrow morning. The prelims for the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back will start at 10 a.m. ET. At 5 p.m. ET, the finals for the events, along with the 200 medley and 800 free relays, will begin.