Brooks, Knight Earn Southeastern Conference Weekly Honors
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second time this season, the Southeastern Conference has named swimmer Caitlin Brooks the league’s female co-swimmer of the week and Kyndal Knight the league’s female diver of the week, after impressive performances that helped the No. 10 University of Kentucky women’s swimming and diving team defeat No. 11 Alabama on the road to remain undefeated.
Knight, a junior diver from Stanley, North Carolina, dominated the 1- and 3-meter springboards in Tuscaloosa last week, earning a pair of personal records and top scores.
On the 1-meter springboard, she recorded 320.78 points, a career high, and 49 points more than second place. Knight remains undefeated on the 1-meter springboard this season, defeating opponents from Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee.
Knight’s previous personal record on the discipline was 313.60, which she earned at the at the 2020 SEC Championships, placing first place in the 1-meter springboard preliminaries, and her new personal record of 320.78 moves up one spot in the record book, ranking fifth in the program’s all-time top-10 performances list.
On the 3-meter springboard, Knight earned a mark of 355.58, another career high, and 66 points better than second place. Her previous personal record was 353.75 points, which helped her become an SEC Champion on the discipline at the 2020 SEC Championships.
Both of her scores (353.75 and 355.58) on the 3-meter springboard ranked/rank second in the program’s all-time top-10 performances list. Her new personal record of 355.58 is just 7.42 off from the school record, which was set by Jessica Thompson in 2005.
Brooks, a sophomore from Gainesville, Florida, rallied a pair of top times on Friday of the dual meet, earning first place in the 100 backstroke (52.00) and the 100 butterfly (53.93), before she helped the 400 medley relay earn first place to secure the triumph.
In the 100 backstroke, Brooks finished nine tenths of a second better than second place, the Crimson Tide’s Rhyan White, who currently owns the second-fastest time in the nation (50.45) in the event, earned at a midseason invitational. Brooks is undefeated in the 100 backstroke through three meets this season – two dual meets and one invitational.
In the 100 butterfly, it marked Brooks’ first top time in that event this season, after competing in the event at each meet this season – three dual meets and one invitational.
Brooks leads the team with the top time in both the 100 and 200 backstroke, also owning the fourth-fastest time on the program’s all-time top-10 performance list (100 backstroke 51.56, 200 backstroke 1:51.55). She earned both marks in 2020.
|Kyndal Knight||1-meter springboard||320.78|
|Kyndal Knight||3-meter springboard||355.58|
|Caitlin Brooks||100 backstroke||52.00|
|Caitlin Brooks||100 butterfly||53.93|
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