March 29, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - Senior diver Greg Ferrucci earned All-America honors for the seventh time in his career for the University of Kentucky Saturday on the final day of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.
With an 11th-place finish on platform, Ferrucci became the fifth Wildcat to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors at the 2014 championships. Friday, senior Lucas Gerotto, junior George Greenhalgh and seniors Eric Bruck and Chris Lott came in 16th overall in the 200 medley relay.
Also Saturday, freshman Brandon Flynn finished 25th overall in the 1650 freestyle to cap his first NCAA Championship appearance.
"Overall, we had a great competition this weekend," UK head coach Lars Jorgensen said. "Five of our guys are All-Americans, we can't beat that. We probably could have scored a little better in a few places, but overall it was a great weekend. We had a lot of new guys at the NCAA Championships, which was nice to see. We still have a ways to go to where we want to be, so we have some work to do in the offseason."
In the consolation finals, Ferrucci opened with a back 2 1/2 somersault 1 1/2 twist pike that scored a 68.80. After two rounds, Ferrucci was in third thanks to a 59.20 on his second dive, but he dropped to fourth after a 61.50 on his third dive. He responded with a back 2 1/2 somersault tuck that scored a 66.00. Ferrucci notched a 55.80 on his fifth dive before he closed with an inward 3 1/2 somersault tuck that scored a 76.80 to secure a third-place finish in the finals and 11th overall.
Ferrucci advanced to the consolation finals after a 365.60 in the prelims to finish 12th overall. The senior posted his highest score in the prelims with a 69.00 on his third dive, along with a 67.20 to open the competition.
Flynn, who broke the UK record in the 400 individual medley Friday, finished in 15:04.95 in the 1650 freestyle Saturday. The freshman placed fifth in his heat and 24th overall. Through the first several laps, he was in seventh, but quickly caught up and cracked the top five by the 300-yard mark of the race.
He held steady at fourth or fifth for the duration of the race to finish just behind his personal-best time of 15:03.42, the second-fastest in school history.
The Wildcats finished the three-day championship in 37th place and one of 48 schools to score at least one point. California won the NCAA title, while host-Texas placed second.
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