Swimming & Diving

Eighteen Wildcats Set to Represent Kentucky at U.S. Nationals

by Karlie Kinneer

IRVINE, Calif. – The Kentucky swimming and diving program will be well represented at this week’s Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California, with 18 Wildcats slated to swim at the William Woollett, Jr. Aquatic Center from July 25-29.
 
“This is a great opportunity for our athletes to compete at the national level against some of the best swimmers in the country,” said Kentucky head coach Lars Jorgensen. “We’ve had a great summer so far and we’re hoping to end it on a great note here in Irvine.”
 
The meet serves as the selection event for multiple upcoming international competitions, including the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, 2019 World Championships, 2019 World University Games and 2019 Pan American. More information on selection procedures for the U.S. National Teams can be found here.
 
Most notably, three Kentucky swimmers – Asia Seidt, Bridgette Alexander and Ali Galyer – are seeded in the top eight of the women’s 200-meter backstroke, which will be contested Thursday.
 
Each day will follow the same schedule of prelims at noon ET, with finals kicking off at 9 p.m. each night.
 
The event will be broadcast via usaswimming.org, nbcsports.com/live, the NBC Sports app, the Olympic Channel, NBC Sports Network or NBC. A full broadcast schedule can be found here.
 
UK Athletes – Qualified Events
Bridgette Alexander – 200 back, 100 back
Wyatt Amdor – 200 breast, 50 breast, 100 breast
Connor Blandford – 200 back, 400 IM
Bailey Bonnett – 200 breast, 400 IM, 50 breast, 100 breast
Glen Brown – 200 breast, 400 IM, 200 IM
David Dingess – 200 fly, 50 fly, 100 fly
Lauren Edelman – 200 fly, 400 IM, 200 IM
Geena Freriks – 100 free, 800 free, 200 free, 400 free, 1500 free
Ali Galyer – 200 free, 200 back, 100 back
Izzy Gati – 200 fly, 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 IM
Austin Haney – 200 breast
Jarod Kehl – 400 free
Paige Kelly – 800 free, 1500 free
Haley McInerny – 200 fly, 50 fly, 100 fly
Kathryn Painter – 800 free, 400 IM, 1500 free
Asia Seidt – 200 fly, 200 back, 400 IM, 100 back, 200 IM
Hank Siefert – 400 free
Meredith Whisenhunt – 400 free
 
For the latest on the Kentucky swimming and diving program, follow @UKSwimDive on Twitter, on Facebook at Facebook.com/UKSwimDive, and on the web at UKathletics.com
 

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