It was a successful day at Lancaster Aquatic Center, with Kentucky beating Vanderbilt 187-72. After coming off the most successful season in program history, the young Cats proved to be a contender in the SEC. Last season, Kentucky finished 3rd in the SEC championship and 14th at the NCAA championship, the best finish in program history. Kentucky wore pink caps in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, in contrast to the home blue swimsuits. The meet was inevitable to go in favor of the Cats before the meet started, because Vanderbilt does not have a diving team. Kentucky jumped out in front early, and never looked back. The Kentucky wins included the 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 yard freestyles, 100 and 200 yard backstrokes, 100 and 200 yard breaststrokes, 200 yard butterfly, 200 and 400 yard medley relay, as well as 1 and 3 yard meter diving. The Cats placed in 15 of the 16 races, with 7 1-2-3 sweeps. The win confirms the newfound depth in the team. The players of the meet were freshman Bridgette Alexander and Bailey Bonnett, Sophomore Asia Seidt, and Senior Morgan’s Belli. They all won their meets, and helped carry the momentum for the team.
With the win, Kentucky improves to 1-0 and is tied for first place in the SEC. Vanderbilt falls to 0-1 in SEC and overall.