SEC Friday Recap: Kentucky Starts Off Strong at Saluki Invite; Arkansas Downs Nebraska

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Teams of the SEC Conference hit the pool for several different match-ups Friday night with fast times all around.

Saluki Invite – Northwestern, Mizzou, and Kentucky at Southern Illinois

Northwestern, Mizzou, and Kentucky all traveled to Carbondale, Illinois for the two-day Saluki Invite. The Kentucky women threw down some fast times, claiming several NCAA ‘B’ cuts, while the Mizzou men and women grabbed first in all but one relay.

Mizzou’s Sharli Brady flirted with the 1999 pool record of 2:02.03 in the women’s 200 IM, posting a final time of 2:02.43 for first.

Kentucky’s Geena Freriks and Ali Galyer delivered a 1-2 finish in the women’s 500 free with times of 4:48.13 and 4:51.10. On the men’s side, Mizzou’s Giovanny Lima took first with a 4:26.97, followed by Kentucky’s Jarod Kehl (4:30.57) and Isaac Jones (4:33.21).

The Kentucky women continued their dominance by placing first through third in the 100 breast, led by freshmanGal Bailey Bonnett. Bonnett secured an NCAA ‘B’ cut with a 1:02.05, while teammates Madison Winstead and Morgan Belli took second and third with 1:03.89 and 1:04.31.

Galyer and Bridgette Alexander slipped beneath the pool record of 1:57.59 in the women’s 200 back, turning in times of 1:55.16 and 1:57.32 to also secure NCAA ‘B’ cuts.

Ann Ochitwa (50.89) of Mizzou posted the only sub 51-second swim in the women’s 100 free, while Kentucky’s Peter Wetzlar (44.78) was the only sub 45-second swim in the men’s race.

Nebraska at Arkansas

The Razorback women took down the Cornhusker women 154-84 on Friday night.

Arkansas took home victory in the 400 medley relay (3:46.67), while Nebraska was victorious in the 400 free relay with a 3:28.68.

The Razorbacks claimed victory in each individual event of the day, except for the 200 breast. It was there that the Cornhuskers powered to a 1-2-3 finish led by Jordan Ehly’s 2:15.74.

Brooke Schultz won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events with a total of 369.90 and 347.55.

Both the 50 and 100 freestyles went to Arkansas’ Olivia Weekley, who sprinted to first place finishes of 23.52 and 52.46.

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Both the LSU men and women collected victories over SMU Friday night. The women won 174 to 126, while the men won 192.5 to 100.5.

All of the relays were won by LSU, as were the men’s and women’s 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.

SMU’s Lauren Thompson led a 1-2-3 finish in the women’s 100 free, stopping the clock at a 10:18.42. A feat that was echoed by Jonathan Gomez (9:31.92) and Lucas Schenke (9:39.46) in the men’s event.

Gomez would later add a victory in the men’s 200 fly with a final 1:47.74.

Felicity Passon of LSU grabbed a duo of victories in both the 200 (1:51.97) and 100 (51.49) free, plus a second place finish in the 50 free (23.63).

Fellow LSU great Matthew Klotz added a victory in the men’s 50 free (20.53) and a third place finish in the men’s 200 back (1:51.17). Teammate Thomas Smith nabbed first in the 200 back (1:48.73).

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Texas at Texas A&M

Joanna Evans of Texas collected multiple victories against the Aggies Friday night. The distance ace posted a winning time of 9:44.53 in the 1000 free, before collecting first in the 200 free with a 1:46.72. Evans later added the 500 free to her pocket of wins with a 4:43.32.

Remedy Rule flew ahead of the competition in the women’s 200 fly, posting a first place finish of 1:55.79 by more than a second and a half. Bethany Galat of A&M grabbed second with a 1:57.19. Rule later grabbed second (53.42) in the 100 fly, behind A&M’s Jinq Quah (53.35).

Aggie sprinter Beryl Gastaldello doubled up on victories with top showings in both the 50 free (22.30) and 100 free (49.16). Fellow Aggie Sydney Pickrem grabbed her own two victories in both the 200 breast (2:10.43) and 400 IM (4:12.09).

On the men’s side, Aggie Brock Bonetti collected victories in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes. His times of 47.25 and 1:43.02 earned him NCAA ‘B’ cuts. Mauro Castillo, also of A&M, pulled his own duo with wins in the 100 (53.70) and 200 (1:55.93) breaststroke.

Texan Brett Ringgold pulled his own double victory with top times in both the 50 (19.92) and 100 (43.85) freestyles.

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