Nine days after tabbing a pair of wins over LSU, the Kentucky swimming and diving program embarks on its November schedule in a couple of Southeastern Conference duals on Nov. 1-2 in Columbia, Missouri.
For the first time this year, the program will follow a 38-event schedule over a two-day period, hosted at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Thursday is slated to begin at 3 p.m. ET, followed by a 10 a.m. ET start time on Friday. The men will go head-to-head with No. 13 Missouri, while the women will compete in a set of duals versus No. 20 Missouri and Arkansas.The No. 18 UK women garnered their first win of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in a home dual versus LSU, producing a 12-point win, 156-144. The delayed victory came after a tough season opener that highlighted No. 9 Indiana and No. 19 Notre Dame.
Compiling two 1-2-3 sweeps in the LSU meeting, the women claimed nine gold finishes – one relay and eight individual – in 16 women’s events. A testament to the depth of the women’s team, winning performances were had by five Wildcats – sophomore Bailey Bonnett, senior Ali Galyer, junior Asia Seidt, freshman Sophie Sorenson and senior Meredith Whisenhunt. Bonnett, Seidt and Whisenhunt finished with two.
The men are relishing a two-meet winning streak after cruising past No. 19 Notre Dame in the season opener, and producing an 80-point win over LSU. The troop saw a stunning six 1-2-3 sweeps, found in the 1,000 free, 200 free, 200 fly, 100 free, 500 free and the 400 IM.
Kentucky and Missouri have already met once this season, a quad meet featuring Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Notre Dame, hosted in Bloomington, Indiana. The Wildcats and the Tigers did not officially compare scores ahead of the Nov. 1-2 matchup. It is Missouri men’s only competitive meet of the season, where they carded a 1-1 record. The Missouri women fell in both duals to start the season, but won on the road at Vanderbilt to boast a 1-2 record ahead of the Thursday-Friday meet.
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