Swimming & Diving
Beth McNeese - Swimming & Diving - University of Kentucky Athletics

BethMcNeese

  • position Freestyle/Butterfly
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Katy, Texas
  • Major English
  • High school Seven Lakes High School

Top Times (SCY):
200 Freestyle: 1:47.32 (2019 Ohio State Fall Invite, 11/22/19)
500 Freestyle: 4:38.97 (2020 SEC Championships, 2/19/20)
1000 Freestyle: 9:45.79 (Kentucky vs. Louisville, 1/23/21)
1650 Freestyle: 16:04.07 (Missouri Invitational, 11/21/20)

Top Times (LCM):
200 Freestyle: 2:02.89 (2019 Ohio State Fall Invite, 11/22/19)
400 Freestyle: 4:12.90 (Mizuno Atlanta Classic, 5/15/21)
800 Freestyle: 8:53.97 (Mizuno Atlanta Classic, 5/16/21)
1500 Freestyle: 18:14.64 (Southern Zone Senior Championships, 8/5/17)

Career Notes:

  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier
  • 2021 All-America Honorable Mention in 1650 Freestyle
  • 2020*, 2021 NCAA qualifier
  • ^2020 All-America in 500 Freestyle, 1650 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle Relay
  • 2020 All-SEC Second Team
  • 2020 SEC Silver Medalist in 800 Freestyle Relay
  • 2020 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier
  • 2020, 2021 CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team
  • 2022 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
  • 2020 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

In the Record Book:

  • No. 2 in 1650 free (2020)
  • No. 3 in 500 free (2020), 1000 free (2021)

2021-22 (Junior): Won the C-final of the 500 free (4:43.63) at the SEC Championships to finish 17th overall, also placing 17th in the 1650 free (16:21.93) … Finished fifth in both the 500 free (4:44.02) and mile (16:23.08) at the midseason Ohio State Invitational … Had nine top-5 finishes throughout the dual meet season … Won the 1000 free against Ohio (10:12.83) and Marshall (10:03.21) … Was the runner-up in the 1000 free (10:03.79) against Tennessee … Took third in both the 500 free (4:45.90) and mile (16:26.70) at Louisville.

2020-21 (Sophomore): Qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing 31st in the 400m free (4:17.05) … Finished 18th in the 1650 freestyle (16:28.92) and 24th in the 500 freestyle (4:50.29) at the 2021 SEC Championships where UK won their first-ever conference title … Placed 13th in the mile at the NCAA Championships with a time of 16:11.73 where she also raced the 500 free … Won the 500 free (4:40.69) and the mile (16:04.07) and placed fifth in the 200 free (1:48.26) at the Missouri Invitational … Recorded individual dual meet wins against Louisville, Alabama, and Vanderbilt … Recorded 13 top-5 finishes throughout the dual meet season … Named to SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll … Named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team.

2019-20 (Freshman): Named to the 2020 All-SEC Second Team … Earned a silver medal as a part of the 800 freestyle relay team, helping the foursome earn a NCAA “A” cut time in 6:56.66 and swimming the third split in 1:45.82 … Collected 31 individual points at the 2020 SEC Championships … Earned eighth place in the 1650 freestyle in 16:13.71, a career best, at the SEC Championships … Earned 17th place, winning the “C” final, in the 500 freestyle in 4:38.97, a career best, at the SEC Championships … Invited to compete in the 500 and 1650 freestyle at the 2020 NCAA Championships … Qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400 freestyle … Named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team … Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to UK: 2019 Texas 6A State Championship runner-up in the 500 free … Seven-time Texas 6A State Championship finalist … Also competed for Katy Aquatics where she was a Junior National qualifier … Swam for the same club and attended the same high school as UK teammate Maddie Welborn … Earned bronze in the 400m free at the 2019 NCSA Championships and 12th in that event at 2018 Junior Nationals … Multi-time Sectional Championship finalist.

*The NCAA Championships were canceled because of the COVID-19 public-health threat.
^The CSCAA board adjusted the All-America selection criteria to recognize a group of individuals who would have had the opportunity to compete for All-America status at the canceled 2020 NCAA Championships.

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