May 6, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky swimming and diving head coach Lars Jorgensen has named the captains for the 2014-15 season. Seniors Michael Christian, Brent Dillon and George Greenhalgh will captain the men's squad, while seniors Christina Bechtel, Christa Cabot, Abby Myers and Kristen Wilson will lead the women's team.
As Jorgensen begins his second season as head coach of the Wildcats, Bechtel, Cabot and Christian will serve as captains for a second year. Greenhalgh, Cabot, Bechtel and Myers return after each earned All-America honors in 2014.
"Our nine captains will be an excellent leadership team next season," Jorgensen said. "On the women's team, we have a great senior class and the four captains are accomplished leaders and athletes. I'm really excited about the direction of our team and think we will be much improved next year.
"Michael was an outstanding captain last season and we are excited for him to return. Our men's team is very young and the captains will be an important piece of our success in 2014-15. The direction of the team will very much be determined by our senior leadership."
The UK women are coming off a 23rd-place finish at the NCAA Championships, its highest finish at the national championship since 2008. Cabot earned two All-America honors with a pair of top-11 finishes in the diving events. Bechtel was named All-American for the first time in her career when she notched a fifth-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a school-record time, while Myers was named Honorable Mention All-American when she finished 12th in the 200 butterfly.
Five Wildcat men earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as UK finished 37th at the NCAA men's national championships. Lucas Gerotto, Greenhalgh, Eric Bruck and Chris Lott came in 16th overall in the 200 medley relay, while diver Greg Ferrucci placed 11th on platform for his seventh career All-America accolade. Freshman Brandon Flynn competed in three events and finished in the top 25 twice, highlighted by a school-record swim in the 400 individual medley.
The women return 20 members from the 2013-14 squad and lose just four. The men will return 22 of 33 swimmers and divers next season. Six of the 10 Wildcats that competed at the NCAA Championships in 2014 return next season, two of them as sophomores and four as seniors.
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