Oct. 22, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky men's and women's swimming and diving teams head to Bloomington, Ind., Saturday to face the Indiana Hoosiers in a dual meet at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on the Bloomington campus.
The Cats and Hoosiers faced off last year with the men swimming to a 175-125 victory and the women's squad swimming to a 149-149 tie.
"We are looking forward to our competition with IU," Kentucky head coach Gary Conelly said. "We had a very exciting meet with them last year, squeaking out a victory on the men's side and swimming to a rare tie on the women's side. We are particularly excited to see some of our new swimmers in action for the first time."
Last weekend the Cats split in a tri-meet with Southern Illinois and Missouri. The women came out victorious in both meets against the Salukies and Tigers and the men dropped two meets.
The women's side will look to build upon their 2-0 start to the season against a tough Hoosiers squad that enters the season as the two-time defending Big Ten Conference champions.
The UK women were especially strong in the sprint-freestyle events last weekend, capturing first, second and third place in both the 50- and 100-freestyle.
Kentucky was led last weekend by Kelcy Perry who won the 100- and 200-butterfly, and also swam a personal best in her 200-fly victory. Perry was also a member in the victorious 200-medley relay.
Megan Eppler, a sophomore from Exeter, Calif., won the 50-freestyle last weekend with a personal best time of 24.01.
"On the women's side Mandy Myers and Kayla Sergesketter will be competing for the first time this year," Conelly said. "Both have had outstanding practices as well as best times from their summer swims. Lisa Faulkner dove at SIU but it will be very interesting to see how she does against the IU diving squad."
Kentucky's women's 400-freestyle relay is currently the second fastest in the Southeastern Conference.
The men were led last weekend by Matt Russell and Colin Faris. Russell, a junior from Augusta, Ga., helped lead the men's 200-medley relay team to a second-place finish and tapped into a second-place finish in the 200-individual medley (1:54.79). Faris was also a member of the 200-medley relay team, as well as the 400-relay team, which also earned a second-place finish. Faris tapped in first in the 50-free with a time of 21.01.
"On the men's side we are expecting big things from Steve Wimmer, Will Heidler, Anthony O'Driscoll and diver Greg Ferrucci," Conelly said.
The meet Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. ET. Stay tuned to UKathletics.com for results from this meet and all news concerning the swimming and diving programs.