Swim Cats Sweep Louisville for First Victory of the Season
Nov. 3, 2001
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky men's and women's swimming and diving teams picked up their first wins of the season as the Cats defeated intrastate-foe Louisville in a dual meet on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Lancaster Aquatic Center. The UK men (1-4, 0-4 Southeastern Conference) defeated the Cardinals 136-80 while the women (1-4, 0-4 SEC) won 140-69 as a UK swimmer finished first in every event.
Sophomore Joey Faltraco again was a force in the pool for the Cats, establishing the school record in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Faltraco gathered in his first UK record as he touched the wall in 50.15 on the first leg of the UK 400-medley relay squad. The Union Mills, N.C., native then reeled in his second UK record when he finished with a time of 1:47.17 in the 200 backstroke, meeting the NCAA "B" cut requirements. Andrew Aitken (1991-95) had previously held both records.
Also touching the wall first more than once for the men were freshman Ryan Bowman (500 freestyle - 4:46.62 and 1,000 freestyle - 9:54.25) and junior Aaron Cuker (200 breaststroke - 2:08.22 and 200 IM - 1:57.00). Junior Adam Gustafson's victory in the 50 freestyle (21.45) impressed the coaches.
"Adam's times in the 50 free and his 400-freestyle relay split (46.95) looked really good," said UK Coach Gary Conelly.
In the women's lanes, freshman Chrissy Miller continues to be strong. The Ringoes, N.J., native collected wins in the 50 freestyle (24.60) and the 100 freestyle (52.15).
"Chrissy's time in the 50 freestyle is a good sign for us as we are looking for someone in the sprints," said Conelly.
Freshman Caitlin Muldoon also was the first to finish in two events, touching the wall in 5:12.99 in the 500 freestyle and 10:33.31 in the 1,000 freestyle. Sophomore Shawna Sechrist completed the 200 backstroke in 2:03.17.
"We looked much sharper today than we have before," said Conelly. "They looked better partly because of the time of the season, but I saw real good efforts out there today, much better than what I saw in the previous meets."
In the diving well, freshman Trisha Tumlinson had a solid day as the Spring, Texas, native took home victories in both the one-meter (265.65) and three-meter (296.70) events.
"Trisha looked real good today," said UK Diving Coach Mike Lyden. "She was as steady as a rock, and she obviously showed up today ready to compete."
The UK swimmers will return to action Nov. 15-17 when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to participate in the Nike Cup. The divers will be in Bloomington, Ind., Nov. 16-18 for the Indiana Invitational.