Women's Swimming Finishes Third at SEC Championships
Rachel Komisarz wins the 1650 freestyle for the Wildcats.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 20, 1999) -- University of Kentucky women's swimmer Rachel Komisarz captured the third SEC title of her career on Saturday, winning the 1650 freestyle, and the UK women finished third at the Southeastern Conference championships at the Lancaster Aquatic Center on the UK campus.
Komisarz, the SEC's 1998 200 butterfly and 1999 500 freestyle champion, is the first athlete in school history to claim conference crowns in three different events. With her two first-place finishes and a runner-up effort during the meet, Komisarz tied Georgia's Kristy Kowal as the championship's high scorer.
The lady Cats' third-place showing is the highest SEC finish in school history and source of pride for coach Gary Conelly.
"To finish third in the conference is huge," Conelly said. "This is a huge accomplishment for our team."
The Cat diving squad gave the women a huge boost, as Christy Soulakis, Sarah Fields and Carrie Knoeber finished third, sixth and eighth, respectively, in platform competition.
UK also got support from Annabel Kosten, who placed fourth in the 100 free, Carolyn Rader and Debra Hinsley, who took third and eighth, respectively, in the 200 fly, and Emily Grass, who claimed sixth in the 200 breaststroke.
The UK men did not fare as well on the final day, however, slipping into
eighth place. Ben Fowler was the day's top performer on the men's side,
finishing seventh in the 1650 freestyle.