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Izzy Gati - Swimming & Diving - University of Kentucky Athletics

IzzyGati

  • position Butterfly/Freestyle
  • class Fifth Year
  • Hometown El Dorado, Ark.
  • Major Kinesiology
  • High school The Madeira School (Va.)

Top Times (SCY):
100 Butterfly: 51.60 (2020 SEC Championships, 2/20/20)
200 Butterfly: 1:52.54 (2020 SEC Championships, 2/21/20)
200 IM: 1:56.25 (2021 SEC Championships, 2/18/21)
100 Freestyle: 48.94 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/19/22)
200 Freestyle: 1:44.27 (2021 NCAA Championships, 3/17/21)
500 Freestyle: 4:42.71 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/16/22)

Top Times (LCM):
100 Butterfly: 59.22 (Phillips 66 National Championships, 8/2/19)
200 Butterfly: 2:10.94 (Mizuno Atlanta Classic, 5/15/21)
200 IM: 2:17.33 (Mizuno Atlanta Classic, 5/16/21)
200 Freestyle: 2:04.01 (NC ESSZ Long Course Championships, 7/12/19)

Career Notes:

  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier
  • 2019, 2020*, 2021, 2022 NCAA qualifier
  • 2021 NCAA silver medalist in 800 free relay
  • 2022 All-America Honorable Mention in 800 free relay
  • 2021 All-America in 200 fly, 800 free relay; All-America Honorable Mention in 100 fly, 400 medley relay
  • ^2020 All-America in 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 medley relay
  • 2022 SEC silver medalist in 800 free relay; bronze medalist in 200 medley relay
  • 2021 SEC champion in 800 free relay; bronze medalist in 100 fly, 400 medley relay
  • 2020 SEC silver medalist in 200 fly; bronze medalist in 400 medley relay
  • 2021 All-SEC First Team
  • 2020, 2022 All-SEC Second Team
  • 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team
  • 2019, 2020, 2021 CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team
  • 2020, 2021, 2022 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
  • 2019 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
  • 2019 silver medalist at Phillips 66 National Championships in 400 medley relay
  • 2022 Frank G. Ham Society of Character inductee

In the Record Book:

  • No. 1 in 200 medley relay (2021)
  • No. 2 in 100 fly (2020)
  • No. 3 in 200 fly (2020)
  • No. 4 in 200 free (2021)
  • No. 5 in 100 free (2022), 200 IM (2022)
  • No. 8 in 500 free (2022)

2021-22 (Senior): Named to the All-SEC Second Team … Won the B-final of the 500 free (4:42.71) at the SEC Championships to finish ninth overall, also placing 10th in the 200 fly (1:56.15) and 17th in the 100 fly (52.69) … Lead off the silver-medal 800 free relay in 1:45.36, also splitting 23.38 on the fly leg of the 200 medley relay that earned bronze at SECs … Finished 22nd in the 200 free (1:45.57) at the NCAA Championships, also racing the 200 fly and 500 free … Split 1:45.79 as the leadoff leg on the 800 free relay that took ninth at NCAAs … Placed fourth in the 200 fly (1:56.58), eighth in the 500 free (4:45.18) and ninth in the 200 IM (2:00.86) at the midseason Ohio State Invitational … Had 17 top-5 finishes throughout the dual meet season, including six event wins … Won the 200 fly (2:00.34) and placed third in the 100 fly (55.15) in the season-opening tri-meet with Indiana and Indiana State … Took first in both the 200 free (1:49.67) and 500 free (4:56.64) against Ohio … Raced to second in the 500 free (4:45.61) and third in the 200 fly (1:55.65) at Louisville … Finished third in both the 200 free (1:49.97) and 200 fly (1:59.29) in a tri-meet with Auburn and NC State … Won the Captain’s Award at the program’s annual award banquet.

2020-21 (Junior): Qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing 22nd in the 100m fly (59.43) and 25th in the 200m fly (2:13.88) … Named to the All-SEC First Team … Earned bronze in the 100 fly at the SEC Championships while also taking sixth in the 200 IM (1:56.64) and seventh in the 200 fly (1:56.00) … Led off the winning 800 freestyle relay that secured UK’s first-ever SEC relay title in 1:45.22, split 51.70 on the butterfly leg of the bronze-medal 400 medley relay, and led off the seventh-place 200 free relay in 23.03 as UK clinched their first team title in program history … Finished eighth in the 200 fly in 1:54.35 and won the B-final of the 100 fly with a time of 51.81 at the NCAA Championships … Posted a split of 1:44.27 as the leadoff on the 800 free relay that was the national runner-up at NCAAs, also splitting 51.64 and 23.67 on the butterfly legs of the 10th-place 400 medley relay and the 17th-place 200 medley relay … Won the 100 fly in 53.16 at the Missouri Invitational while also taking second in the 200 fly (1:56.71) and fifth in the 200 IM (1:59.74) … Won four individual events throughout the dual meet season against Louisville, Tennessee, and Alabama … Earned the Captain’s Award and the Bridgette Alexander 100% Award at the program’s annual awards banquet … Named to SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll … Named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team … Selected to the 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team.

2019-20 (Sophomore): Named to the All-SEC Second Team … Contributed 68.5 individual points at the 2020 SEC Championships … Earned a silver medal in the 200 butterfly and an NCAA “A” cut in 1:52.54, a career best, at the SEC Championships … Tied for fourth in the 100 butterfly in 51.60, a career best, at the SEC Championships … Finished in 12th place in the 200 IM in 1:57.04, a career best, at the SEC Championships … Helped the 400 medley relay team to a bronze medal and NCAA “A” cut in 3:29.69, swimming the 100 butterfly split in 51.08 … Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 IM … Qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 butterfly … Earned the Bridgette Alexander 100% Award at the program’s annual awards banquet … Named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team … Named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.

2018-19 (Freshman): Named to the All-SEC All-Freshman Team … Scored 36 individual points and added 40 relay points at the SEC Championships … Finished in sixth place in the 200 fly at the SEC Championships on a 1:55.35 mark … Finished in 15th place in the 100 fly at the SEC Championships on a time stamp of 52.99 … Contributed to the 200 medley relay team at the SEC Championships, scoring 40 points (9th, 1:37.39) … Earned career-best times in each of the fly events this season, reporting a 52.84 in the 100 fly at the Ohio State Fall Invite and posted a 1:55.35 in the 200 fly at the SEC Championships … Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 fly … Finished 22nd in the 200 fly at the NCAA Championships, recording a 1:56.05 … Finished 48th in the 100 fly at the NCAA Championships, posting a 53.24 … Named to CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team … Named to SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to UK: Top recruit out of Arkansas and No. 51 prospect overall in the class of 2018 … Boarded at the Madeira School and trained with Nations Capital Swim Club in Virginia … Back-to-back VISAA (Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association) state champion in the 100 fly in 2017 and 2018 … USA Swimming Winter Nationals 18U 200 fly champion in 2017 … Named 2018 Madeira Athlete of the Year after helping her team to the state title … Three-time Scholastic All-American.
 
Personal: Parents are Daion and Ken Gati … Has one brother, Everett.

*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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