CARBONDALE, Ill. – At the conclusion of the two-day competition in Carbondale, Illinois, the Kentucky swimming and diving program swept all five duals at the against Missouri, Northwestern and Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon inside the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium.
The No. 15 Kentucky women defeated its second Southeastern Conference foe in No. 25 Missouri, 187.5-165.5, and the host-team SIU, 266-87. The un-ranked Wildcat men picked up their first win of the season over a ranked team and their first over an SEC opponent, downing No. 18 Missouri, 213-140. The men also defeated SIU, 299-53; and Big Ten foe Northwestern, 293-54.
“Overall, really pleased that we were able to get the victories on both sides. The stars of the weekend were really Glen Brown and Ali Galyer. Both really stepped up and led the charge this weekend,” said head coach Lars Jorgensen. “We’ve definitely got some work to do before we head to the Ohio State Invite in two weeks, but it was a good weekend in Carbondale.”
Kentucky combined to win 10 events on the second day of competition.
In addition to his two individual wins from Friday, Brown added two more wins and a relay victory on Saturday afternoon for the UK men’s team. The sophomore first picked up a win in the 200-yard breaststroke, coming into the wall at 2:01.62. Brown also won the 400 IM with a time of 3:55.39, before helping UK win the 400 free relay in the final event of the day.
Senior captain Isaac Jones added a victory for the men’s team, winning the 1000 free in 9:21.47. Junior captain Jarod Kehl was second behind him, coming in at 9:23.06.
Sophomore Peter Wetzlar came up with a win in the 50 free, posting a time of 20.37.
For the second consecutive day, a UK men’s diver picked up a victory. This time, it was junior captain Seb Masterton, turning in a first-place finish on the three-meter springboard with a score of 348.10.
For the women’s team, Galyer paced the Wildcats’ performances, adding two individual wins and a relay victory. After helping Kentucky win the 200 medley relay to start the day, the sophomore went on to win the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle events. In the 100 backstroke, Galyer broke her second pool record of the meet with a time of 53.81.
The women’s breaststroke proved once again to be a strong stroke for the Cats, as Kentucky went 1-2-3 in the 200 breast, led by freshman Bailey Bonnett in 2:14.30. Sophomore Madison Winstead was second at 2:16.83, and senior Morgan Belli was third with a time of 2:17.35.
The Wildcats will be back in action Nov. 17-19 when they head to Columbus, Ohio, for their annual midseason taper, the Ohio State Invitational. The meet will serve as Kentucky’s final team action of 2017.
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