UK Women’s Swimming and Diving reveal championship banner in home win vs Ohio


Kentucky sophomore Parker Herren competes in the women’s 100 yard backstroke during the meet against the University of Cincinnati on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at the Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Brandon Patrick

The UK Women’s Swimming and Diving team defeated Ohio 190-102 in a night where the Cats’ 2021 SEC Championship Banner was revealed and the 2020 NCAA Women of the Year Asia Seidt was recognized.

The Cats are coming off a hard-fought meet against Indiana University and Indiana State University last Wednesday. Thebeat the Sycamores 251-49, but fell to Indiana 138-162.

The meet got off to a hot start for the Cats as they won the 400 medley relay comprised of Lauren Poole, Bridget Engel, Izzy Gati and Megan Drum, who came in at a first-place time of 3:45.49. 

The individual events kicked off with Kentucky’s Beth McNeese winning the 1000 freestyle (10:12.83). Senior Izzy Gati won both the 200 freestyle (1:49.67) and the 500 freestyle (4:56.64) and fellow senior, Riley Gaines won the 200 butterfly (1:57.94).

Both the 50 freestyle (23.58) and the 100 freestyle (51.30) were won by Kentucky’s Kaitlynn Wheeler. Bridget Engel won the 100 breaststroke (1:03.77) and 200 breaststroke (2:18.25) as well.

Ohio had a strong showing, tooGabrielle Brust won the 100 backstroke (56.19) and 100 butterfly (55.98). Her teammates Morgan Croaning and Gabby McKee tied for first in the 400 individual medley (4:36.52) and Ohio won the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.05) to finish off the evening.

For diving, Kentucky’s Kyndal Knight won both the one-meter dive (299.10) and the three-meter dive (361.50).

Both Kentucky’s men’s and women’s squad will travel to Auburn for a tri meet against the Tigers and North Carolina State on Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23.