Swimming & Diving
James Batley - Swimming & Diving - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Senior
  • High school Millfield

2007-08: Finished in the top-15 at the Nike Cup in four different events … Placed fifth in the 1650-freestyle, ninth in the 200-butterfly, 10th in the 200-freestyle and 11th in the 500-freestyle … Had 11 top-four finishes in dual meets … Tapped in the top three at dual meets six times … Recorded career-best times in 1000-freesyle and 200-butterfly.

2006-07: Named academic All-SEC … Scored three top-20 performances at the SEC Championships, placing 12th in the 1650-freestyle, 17th in the 500-free and 19th in the 200-free … Claimed four top-10 performances at the annual Nike Cup … Earned fifth in the 200-free, sixth in both the 500-free and 1650-free and eighth in the 200-fly, and second among the quartet of the 800-free relay team … Tapped in first in the 200-free in dual meet competition against Alabama and Cincinnati … Clocked in second place eight times in four events in dual meets …Topped personal-best times in the 1000-free and 200-fly.

2005-06: Captured points for the Cats with a 10th place finish in the 1650-freestyle and 15th place in the 500-free at the SEC Championships … Also took 23rd in the 200-free at the Championships … After the 2006 season, held the 97th best time in the nation in the 500-free (4:27.81) … Touched in fifth place in the 500-free at the Nike Cup Invitational, and followed with an eighth-place finish in the 1650-free … Was a member of the bronze-winning 400- and 800-free relay teams at the Cup … Touched fifth as a part of the 800-free relay team at the SEC Championships … Earned first place finishes in the 200-free and 500-free in a meet against Texas A&M … Won the 500-free event in the last home meet of the season against Cincinnati.

Pre-College: Member of the Great Britain Junior National Team … Bronze medalist in the 800-freestyle relay at the 2004 European Junior Championships … Gold medalist in the 800-free relay at the 2004 National Youth Championships and the 400-free relay at the 2003 National Youth Championships … Won the 400-free gold medal at the 2003 Welsh Nationals … Chose Kentucky over Arizona State, Florida State and Texas A&M because of the great coaching staff and facilities, the beautiful campus and the friendliness of the people.

Best Collegiate Times: 200 freestyle – 1:39.51; 500 freestyle – 4:27.81; 1650 freestyle – 15:42.03; 1000 freestyle-9:32.10; 200 butterfly-1:51.53

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