Swimming & Diving

MasonWilby

  • position Butterfly/Freestyle/IM
  • class Fifth Year
  • Hometown Gainesville, Fla.
  • Major Integrated Strategic Communications
  • High school Buchholz High School

Top Times (SCY):
100 Butterfly: 47.22 (Kentucky vs. Louisville, 1/23/21)
200 Butterfly: 1:40.15 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/17/22)
200 Freestyle: 1:33.87 (2021 SEC Championships, 2/25/21)
200 IM: 1:43.05 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/16/22)
100 Backstroke: 46.91 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/18/22)
200 Backstroke: 1:41.90 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/19/22)

Top Times (LCM): 
100 Butterfly: 54.11 (Greensboro Speedo Sectionals, 7/17/21)
200 Butterfly: 1:55.97 (Greensboro Speedo Sectionals, 7/15/21)
200 Freestyle: 1:49.68 (Greensboro Speedo Sectionals, 7/16/21)
200 IM: 2:04.95 (Mizuno Atlanta Classic, 5/16/21)

Career Notes:

  • 2021, 2022 NCAA qualifier
  • 2022 All-America in 200 fly
  • 2021 All-America Honorable Mention in 200 fly
  • ^2020 All-America in 200 fly
  • 2022 SEC bronze medalist in 200 fly, 800 free relay
  • 2022 All-SEC Second Team
  • 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2021, 2022 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll

In the Record Book:

  • No. 1 in 200 fly (2022), 200m fly (2021), 200 IM (2022), 200 back (2022), 800 free relay (2022)
  • No. 2 in 100 back (2022), 200 free (2021)
  • No. 7 in 100 fly (2021)

2021-22 (Senior): Named to the All-SEC Second Team … Earned bronze in the 200 fly (1:40.15) at the SEC Championships, breaking the school record and becoming the first UK male swimmer to medal at the conference meet since 2012 … Also collected bronze as a member of the 800 free relay that broke the school record with a split of 1:33.42 … Finished 15th in the 200 back (1:44.26) after setting a new program standard of 1:41.90 during prelims … Broke the school record in prelims of the 200 IM (1:41.08) at SECs … Placed eighth in the 200 fly (1:41.72) at the NCAA Championships, marking the first time a Wildcat male swimmer has advanced to the championship final at the national meet since 2012 and is the third highest finish all-time in men’s program history … Also had a split of 1:33.61 in the 800 free relay that finished 17th at NCAAs … Finished third in the 200 fly (1:43.79) and fifth in the 200 IM (1:45.70) at the midseason Ohio State Invitational … Had 16 individual top-3 dual meet finishes this season, including seven wins … Won the 200 back (1:43.20) at Louisville, also taking second in both the 200 fly (1:42.32) and 200 IM (1:45.85) … Took first in the 200 fly (1:46.05) and 200 IM (1:48.62) versus Tennessee … Swept the 100 fly (49.71) and 200 fly (1:48.80) against Miami Ohio … Victorious in the 50 free (20.56) and 100 fly (48.56) versus Cincinnati … Was the runner-up in the 100 fly (50.21) and 200 fly (1:47.46) in the season opener at Indiana … Raced to second in the 200 back (1:50.78) and 200 fly (1:48.84) in a tri-meet with Auburn and NC State … Earned an Elite Performance Award at the 2022 CATSPY Awards for his All-America swim at NCAAs … Won the Captain’s Award and the Wildcat of the Year Award at the program’s annual award banquet.

2020-21 (Junior): Finished fourth in the 200 fly (1:42.28), sixth in the 200 IM (1:43.72), and ninth in the 200 free (1:33.87) at the 2021 SEC Championships … Lowered his own school record in the 200 fly …. Led off the 800 free relay in 1:34.04 that took sixth, anchored the 400 medley relay in 43.78 that finished eighth, and split 47.20 on the ninth-place 400 free relay at SECs … Qualified for the NCAA Championships, finishing 13th in the 200 fly (1:42.63) and also racing the 200 free (1:34.84) and 200 IM (1:45.40) … Placed second in the 200 free (1:36.75) and 200 fly (1:44.68), as well as fourth in the 200 IM (1:46.57), at the Missouri Invitational … Recorded 13 top-5 finishes throughout the dual meet season, including five individual victories … Won the 200 IM (1:46.80) against Louisville … Took first in the 100 fly (48.13) and 200 fly (1:46.22) at Alabama … Raced to the top spot in the 100 free (45.57) and 200 free (1:38.93) against Vanderbilt … Earned the Wildcat of the Year of the Award and the Captain’s Award at the program’s annual awards banquet … Named to SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.

2019-20 (Sophomore): Scored 27 individual points at the 2020 SEC Championships, while also helping the 800 freestyle relay team earn 52 relay points … There, he finished in seventh place in the 200 butterfly in a personal record 1:43.23, while he also finished in 21st place in the 200 IM in a personal record 1:46.01 … Didn’t score points in the 100 butterfly, but finished in 27th place in a personal record 47.44 … Also at the league meet, Wilby swam the third split in the 800 freestyle relay in 1:34.95, helping the squad to fourth place … Earned the Team Spirit Award at the program’s annual awards banquet.

2018-19 (Freshman): Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team … Scored points in two of his individual events at the SEC Championships, while also setting career-best marks in each of those events … There, he finished 12th in the 200 fly (1:44.97) and 23rd in the 200 IM (1:47.11) … He also recorded a 47.55 in the 100 fly in a time trial at the league meet, a season best.
 
Prior to UK: The No. 26 recruit in the class of 2018 and No. 2 recruit out of Florida … 2017 Florida 4A state champion in the 100 fly (48.12) and runner-up in the 100 back (49.50) … 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games gold medalist in the 200-meter fly … Member of the British Junior National Team … Trained with Gator Swim Club under coach Robert Pinter.

Personal: Parents are Martyn and Jill Wilby, who are both former UK swimmers … Father is Swimming Canada’s senior coach for the Olympic program … Has one sister, Kendal, who plays tennis at Butler.

^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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