UK swim & dive takes home seven medals from SEC Championships

Asia Seidt poses after receiving her gold medal for winning the 100-yard backstroke at the SEC Championships in College Station, Texas on Feb. 17, 2018. Seidt is the first UK swimmer in program history to win the 100-yard backstroke at the SEC Championships. Photo by Russell James.

The UK swim and dive team competed in the SEC Championships in College Station, Texas, the last half week and brought seven medals back with them to Lexington.

Six of Kentucky’s medals came on the women’s side while junior diver Seb Masterton won the only medal for the men’s side, taking bronze in the 3-meter springboard on the first day of competition.

On the women’s side, sophomore Asia Seidt led the way by picking up two golds and a silver medal. Seidt’s first place finishes came in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, and she’s the third swimmer in UK history to win more than one conference title in a single season.

Seidt’s victory in the 100-yard backstroke was a new school record, and she became the first UK swimmer to win the 100-yard backstroke. Seidt beat Missouri’s Hannah Stevens by five-hundredths of a second to claim the gold. 

“It’s a pretty awesome feeling,” Seidt said in a press release about the race. “I got third last year at SECs and I just wanted to come in and see what I could do. Lars (Jorgensen) and I talked at the beginning of the year and we really wanted to focus on being able to take it out in the 100 back and then bring it back even faster and that was something I was able to do tonight and I was really excited about it.” 

Seidt wasn’t the only UK swimmer to take home gold, as junior Geena Freriks won the 500-yard freestyle in a school record time of 4:37.20.

Freriks became the second UK swimmer to win the event, the first since Rachel Komisarz won in 1999.

“I was really pleased with all the performances, highlighted by Geena winning her second conference championship,” Jorgensen said in a press release. “She swam a really good race. Overall, it was a good day.” 

Other UK swimmers that took home medals were Madison Winstead and Ali Galyer, both of whom received a bronze.

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On top of the seven medals UK brought home, they also set 10 new school records during competition. Seidt was a part of three of those records, including a new school record in the 400-medley relay with Winstead, Freriks and Bridgette Alexander.

Kentucky’s men’s 400 medley also set a new school record with Josh Swart, Wyatt Amdor, David Dingess and Jason Head.

Kentucky will compete in two “last chance” meets before competing in the NCAA Championships on March 14-24 in Columbus, Ohio. The diving portion of the championships will take place on March 8-10, also in Columbus.