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Water Sports – Galyer Leads UK Swimming & Diving to Season-Opening Win

Bechtel wins three events as UK women’s team defeats South Carolina

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior swimmer Danielle Galyer excelled in the 2014-15 season-opener, leading the Kentucky women’s swimming and diving team to a 177-123 win over Southeastern Conference opponent South Carolina on Friday.

“We are really pleased with the women,” UK head coach Lars Jorgensen said. “First win in the SEC this year. I think that’s off to a great start. The men were a little short-handed today, but I thought we did as well as we could today.

“We knew it was going to be a tough matchup with both teams, the men’s and the women’s. We had some really outstanding swims on the women’s side … We’re going to have to swim a lot better next week against a really good Florida team. We’re just trying to get better every week, that’s the main goal.”

The UK men’s team dropped the team event by a score of 207.5-92.5.

Galyer won four events – three individual and one relay – on Friday, electrifying the vociferous crowd assembled in the Lancaster Aquatic Center.

Arguably Galyer’s best performance came in the women’s 200-yard backstroke as her time of 1:58.45 gave her the NCAA B Standard to begin the year.

Galyer’s final win of the day came in the grueling 200-yard individual medley as she swam a time of 2:04.03

She also won the women’s 100 backstroke in 55.18, and started the day on UK’s winning 200 medley relay. The team of Galyer, Crew, Myers & Wilson combined for a time of 1:42.98. Galyer swam the opening backstroke leg in 25.97.

Christina Bechtel also won three events on Friday.

“Christina Bechtel was great,” Jorgensen said. “She won all three of her events, and 53.18 is a really good time in the 100 fly right now. I was really happy with her 200 free as well. Danielle (Galyer) continues to improve as well. All best in-season times for her as well. Abbey Myers was also really good so our returning NCAA qualifiers right now are doing a great job.”

Bechtel’s winning 100 butterfly time of 53.18 was also faster that the NCAA B Standard in that event.

She won the 50 free with a time of 23.3 and the women’s 200-yd. freestyle in 1:49.53.

Abby Myers, like Bechtel, won a total of three events on Friday claiming the 200 fly in addition to being on both of UK’s victorious relay teams. Additionally her second-place 100 fly time of 54.48 was also a B Standard time.

The UK women’s team won the 400 freestyle relay to conclude the day with a time of 3:27.99 (Casey, Wilson, Kuethe, Myers).

Kendra Crew won the 200 breast stroke with a time of 1:06.97.

In one of the most exciting finishes of the day Kendal Casey won the 500-yd. free with a surge on the last lap. She finished with a time of 4:54.00 to edge South Carolina’s Victoria Mitchell by 0.33 seconds.

Two of the UK men won events on Friday. Zachary Zandona won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.63.

Brandon Flynn won the 40-lap 1,000-yard Freestyle in 9:17.26.

None of the UK divers won their events (springboard), but they did contribute valuable points to the team scores especially on the women’s side.

“We had some good performances,” UK diving coach Ted Hautau said. “Steven Jou was much better this weekend. Levi Lindsey was a lot better, those guys are new. They have a lot to learn. Steven on the 1-meter event was much better mentally. On the 3-meter event he has some improving to do.

“Christa Cabot was good, but on both events she dropped a dive though. She’s way too seasoned a competitor to do that. Granted those are not her normal (NCAA Championship) dives, but it doesn’t matter. She’s way too seasoned of a competitor. Rebecca Hamperian did well, but she needs to do a lot better. She has the firepower to win that meet on both sides. I challenged her pretty hard that I want to see her embrace that and we will see what she does. I saw some good stuff, but we have a lot of work to do.”

UK will next host perennial national power Florida on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. ET at the Lancaster Aquatic Center.

Water Sports – Swimming and Diving Opens Season Friday vs. South Carolina

UK begins season with SEC dual meet at the Lancaster Aquatics Center

Video: Jorgensen, Bechtel and Flynn Preview South Carolina

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In its first of four home competitions in 2014-15, the Kentucky swimming and diving team opens the season Friday vs. South Carolina at the Lancaster Aquatics Center on the UK campus. The diving competition begins at 4 p.m. ET, while swimming commences at 5 p.m.

Kentucky opens the season against a Southeastern Conference opponent, looking to build off eight Wildcats earning All-America honors and a 23rd-place finish at the Women’s NCAA Championships, both the highest totals since 2008.

“It’s great to get underway,” second-year head coach Lars Jorgensen said. “Getting the season started is a fun time for the student-athletes and the coaches. Where we are with training right now, we’re looking for consistent progression throughout the season, so we’re looking forward to see how the first meet goes. Any time you can compete against an SEC team, it’s going to be a tough matchup.”

The 2014-15 Wildcats include six of the 10 UK swimmers and divers that competed at the NCAA Championships in 2014, four of them All-Americans. In total, 20 members of the 2013-14 women’s team and 22 men return from last year’s squads.

Admission to all UK home meets is free to the public.

Parking is available in Structure #7, located at 721 Sports Center Drive, at the corner of Sports Center Drive and Complex Drive. The parking structure is located just a short walk from the Lancaster Aquatics Center. More information about parking can be found at http://www.uky.edu/pts/.

SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA

The South Carolina men placed 11th at the 2014 SEC Championships, while the women placed 10th. At the NCAA Championships, the USC men finished 33rd overall, while the women did not score any points. The Gamecocks went 6-2 in men’s dual meets last season, while the women went 4-4 in 2013-14.

SERIES HISTORY VS. THE GAMECOCKS

Both UK’s men’s and women’s teams are 12-7 all-time vs. South Carolina in dual meet competition. The teams last met in 2011 in Columbia, S.C., when the women claimed a 144-137. The Wildcat men suffered a 189.5-110.5 loss.

NEXT TIME UP: VS. FLORIDA

Kentucky is back in action Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET vs. Florida at the Lancaster Aquatics Center. The UF men are the defending SEC champions and placed third at the NCAA championships, while the Gator women were third at the league championships and sixth nationally.

BECHTEL, GALYER EARN SPOT ON TEAM USA IN 2014-15

Senior Christina Bechtel was named to the 2014-15 USA Swimming National Team, while sophomore Danielle Galyer earned a spot on the 2014-15 Junior National Team. Bechtel and Galyer were named to Team USA after competing alongside 12 other UK swimmers at the USA Swimming National Championships, Aug. 6-10.

Bechtel was selected to Team USA as one of six swimmers in the 100 and 200 butterfly after a 59.05 in the 100 fly and a 2:09.67 in the 200 at the national championships. Galyer’s first competition with USA Swimming was at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, August 27-30. One of 23 female competitors to represent the United State at the international event, Galyer notched a fourth-place finish, the highest of any U.S. athlete in the women’s 200 LC Meter Backstroke in 2:13.77.

NATIONAL ACADEMIC HONORS
Highlighted by earning the nation’s best grade-point average among Division I men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, the 2013-14 season was capped by several national academic honors for the UK women’s swimming and diving team. The team earned a 3.728 GPA,  best among all University of Kentucky teams and tops in the country, as recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

The CSCAA also named seven UK swimmers and divers Scholar All-Americans. Christina Bechtel, Christa Cabot, Danielle Galyer and Abby Myers earned First Team Scholar All-America honors, while Kelly Berger, Kendal Casey and Kendra Crew each were named to the Honorable Mention team.

Additionally, Abby Myers was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large team, one of 10 honorees on the Division I team in District 2 and one of six women’s swimmers from the Southeastern Conference.

LOOKING BACK AT 2013-14

In Lars Jorgensen’s first season as head coach in 2013-14, the Kentucky women placed 23rd at the NCAA Championships, their highest national finish since 2008. UK earned four All-America honors, with two top-eight finishes. The men finished 37th as five Wildcats earned Honorable Mention All-America honors. A combined nine All-Americans by both teams was the most for a UK team since 2010, while the eight Wildcats to earn the honor were the most since 2008.

Kentucky was one of eight SEC teams to place either a men’s or women’s team in the top 25 nationally.

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Volleyball – No. 13 UK Takes Winning Streak to Tennessee, Hosts Auburn

Wildcats face border rival Tennessee before hosting Auburn on the SEC Network – LEXINGTON, Ky. – Riding an eight match winning streak, the Kentucky volleyball team travels to Tennessee Fridaybefore hosting Auburn Sunday in Memorial Coliseum. UK faces its border rivals Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. ET, while the Wildcats host Auburn at noon on Oct. 12 on the SEC Network. Sunday’s match will air on the SEC Network, with Thad Anderson and Jennifer Hoffman on the call. Both matches can be seen on the SEC Network +, available to SEC Network subscribers on SECNetwork.com and Watch ESPN. Additionally, Dick Gabriel and Mandy Robbe will call Sunday’s match on 1580 AM in Lexington, while Robbe and Katie Eiserman will have an audio broadcast from Tennessee on UKathletics.com. Live stats from both contests can be found on UKathletics.com. Kentucky (14-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) is one of two unbeaten teams in league play after home wins over Alabama and No. 21 Texas A&M. The Wildcats’ eight match winning streak is UK’s longest since 2011, when Kentucky won nine in a row. Tennessee (7-11, 0-4 SEC) is looking for its first league win of the season, while Auburn (9-8, 1-3 SEC) is coming off a 3-1 win over Georgia and a 3-2 loss to South Carolina. WILDCATS IN THE POLLS Kentucky is ranked 13th in the latest AVCA Coaches’ Poll for the second consecutive week, its highest ranking since 2012, when UK was No. 10. The Wildcats have been ranked in each of the last 24 polls, the third-longest streak in school history and the second-longest in head coach Craig Skinner’s 10 years at the helm. From 2008-2010, UK was ranked for a program-record 31 consecutive weeks. The current streak goes back to the final poll of the 2012 season, including every week in 2013, the sixth time in team history the Wildcats have been ranked in every poll in a season. Kentucky is one of three Southeastern Conference teams in the top 25. UK debuted at No. 8 in the first NCAA RPI ranking of the season, announced Oct. 6. Used to rank teams based on record and strength of schedule, UK is ranked highest among SEC teams and one of two conference teams in the top 10. SCOUTING TENNESSEE Tennessee is 7-11 in 2014 and 0-4 in conference play. The Lady Vols, who are 2-4 at home, opened SEC action with 3-0 losses at Arkansas and a Missouri before a 3-0 home defeat to No. 21 Texas A&M and a 3-1 loss to Alabama. The Lady Vols are led by Jamie Lea, who has 138 kills for a 2.71 kills per set rate. Lexi Dempsey has dished out 519 assists to go along with 22 kills and 119 digs. Kanisha Jimenez has tallied 162 digs with 107 kills and a team-high-tying 13 service aces, while Bridgette Villano leads the team with 212 digs. Iesha Bryant leads UT with 59 blocks. UT is coached by Rob Patrick, in his 18th season, has amassed a 358-196 record in Knoxville. Patrick has led the Volunteers to two SEC titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances, included eight of nine seasons from 2004-12. SERIES HISTORY VS. THE VOLUNTEERS Kentucky leads the all-time series vs. Tennessee, 44-29 after a 3-0 sweep in Lexington last season. UK, who has won three in a row and four of the last five in the series, is 21-9 at home and 12-15 all-time in Knoxville. Under 10th-year head coach Craig Skinner, Kentucky is 9-8 vs. the Lady Vols. Last season, UK used a strong offensive performance and a dominating service game to sweep Tennessee 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-19) in the teams’ only meeting on Oct. 6. Kentucky hit .348 with 42 kills and held the Tennessee offense to 31 kills on a .139 hitting clip. Defensively, the Wildcats had 8.5 blocks as a team, while holding UT to just 3.0. The Wildcats also had a 45-31 advantage in digs and had 10 service aces to the Lady Vols’ one. SCOUTING AUBURN Auburn enters the weekend with a 9-8 record and a 1-3 mark in SEC action. The Tigers opened conference play with back-to-back 3-0 losses to No. 10 Florida and at No. 22 Texas A&M before they rebounded the following weekend for a 3-1 win vs. Georgia. The Tigers are 6-3 at home and 0-4 on the road and open the weekend at Missouri Friday before coming to Lexington. The Tigers are led offensively by Courtney Crable, who has notched 177 kills on .121 hitting and 23 aces, while Stephanie Campbell has 154 kills on .245 hitting. Alexa Filley has dished out 642 assists in addition to notching 190 digs. Breanna Barksdale has tallied 105 kills on a team-high .248 hitting along with a team-best 55 blocks. Alyssa Ivey leads the squad with 223 digs. Rick Nold is in his fourth season as head coach of the Tigers and owns a 56-51 record at Auburn. Nold owns a 228-149 career record after nine seasons at Jacksonville State, where he led JSU to three conference titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances in addition to being named the conference Coach of the Year on three occasions. SERIES HISTORY VS. THE TIGERS Kentucky owns a 33-10 advantage all-time vs. Auburn, including a 3-0 road win in 2013. The Wildcats are 13-3 all-time in Lexington and have won six in a row in the series and seven in a row at home. Kentucky has won 13 of the last 14 meetings after falling in four consecutive matches from 2004-06, UK’s longest losing streak in the series. In the Craig Skinner era, the Wildcats are 13-3 against the Tigers and 7-1 at home. In 2013’s lone meeting, the Wildcats downed Auburn 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) on Sept. 27, thanks to a spectacular defensive effort with 60 digs, which ranked as a three-set high in the Craig Skinner era. UK’s defense, which included 12.5 blocks, held the Tigers to a .102 hitting percentage. Kentucky was led defensively by Alexandra Morgan’s nine blocks and Jackie Napper’s 16 digs, one of three players to notch double-digit digs. UP NEXT: AT GEORGIA, VS. LSU Kentucky has another away-and-home weekend, traveling to Georgia on Oct. 17 before hosting LSU two days later onOct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Both contests will air on SEC Network +. LAST TIME OUT: UK DOWNS ALABAMA, SWEEPS NO. 21 TEXAS A&M UK secured a 3-1 win over Alabama on Oct. 3, led by double-doubles from Anni Thomasson and Shelby Workman. Two days later, Kentucky rallied late in the second and third sets to sweep No. 21 Texas A&M. Against Texas A&M, senior Lauren O’Conner paced the offensive attack with a match-high 16 kills and became the 15th player in program history to amass 1,000 career kills. Junior setter Morgan Bergren led the offensive effort that saw the Cats notch a .306 hitting percentage, while six players logged at least 1.29 kills per set. Bergren averaged 13.00 kills per frame and directed an offense that charted a staggering 16.7 kills per frame. Senior libero Jackie Napper continues to lead the defensive charge, with 31 digs in the two matches and 10 assists, including a season-high six against A&M. Freshman Kaz Brown averaged a team-best 1.14 blocks per set in addition to a career-high six kills against the Crimson Tide. BERGREN, NAPPER NAMED SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Junior setter Morgan Bergren was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week and senior libero Jackie Napper earned Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 6. Napper earned SEC defensive honors for the third time in the last four weeks, while Bergren was named Player of the Week for the first time in her career. The duo helped guide UK to wins over Alabama and then-No. 21 Texas A&M, teams that entered the we
ekend with a combined 23-5 (.821) record. Bergren directed the Wildcats to a .306 attacking percentage for the weekend with six players averaging 1.29 kills per set or better. Bergren had 43 or more assists in both victories and added 11 on a blistering .579 attacking percentage. She did not commit a single error in 19 attacking attempts. UK posted 54 kills in the win over Texas A&M which marked a three-set record in the 25-point rally scoring era. For the week, Bergren assisted on an average of 13 of UK’s 16.70 kills per set. Napper averaged 4.43 digs per set in the two matches and logged 15 or more digs in each contest. In addition to leading the UK defense, Napper contributed offensively with 10 assists in the two matches – including a season-high six against the Aggies. RECORD WATCHING – Head Coach Craig Skinner became UK’s all-time winningest coach with his 210th victory Sept. 13 vs. Georgia Southern. – Senior Jackie Napper has 1,263 career digs, second in the UK record books in the rally scoring era and fourth in the all-time top 10. Sophomore Anni Thomasson is 10th in the modern era with 418 career digs. – Senior Lauren O’Conner, who leads all current SEC players with 1,014 kills, is became the 15th Wildcat to notch 1,000 career kills on Oct. 5 vs. Texas A&M and is second in program history in the rally scoring era. O’Conner is also second in attack attempts with 2,819 and fourth with 1,216.5 points. – Junior Morgan Bergren is third all-time in the rally scoring era and 10th in UK history with 2,025 career assists. Napper is sixth in the rally scoring era with 222 career assists. In the single season record books, Bergren’s 662 assists in 2014 is seventh in the modern era. – O’Conner is fourth in the rally scoring era with 38 solo blocks, seventh with 215 total blocks and eighth with 177 block assists. Junior Sara Schwarzwalder is sixth in the rally scoring era with 232 total blocks and sixth with 216 block assists. – Schwarzwalder is fifth in the rally scoring era with a .285 attacking percentage. – O’Conner is third in the rally scoring era with 76 aces. – Napper is fourth in sets played with 419 and O’Conner fifth with 403 in the rally scoring era. Visit UKathletics.com for the most up-to-date information on the Kentucky volleyball team and all 22 varsity sports. For additional info on the volleyball team like Kentucky Volleyball on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter at @KentuckyVB.

Notebook: Heroes’ Day; Keeneland Shuttle; Halloween Costume Drive

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UK Athletics to host Heroes’ Day on Saturday at CWS, including Vietnam Veterans recognition

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK Athletics will host Heroes’ Day this Saturday when the Kentucky football team squares off against ULM inside Commonwealth Stadium. The event is designed to honor all active, reserve and veteran members of the armed forces along with police, firefighters and first responders. Game time is set for noon ET.

Among the tentative plans for the day is a football-field sized American flag, which will be presented by the UK Air Force ROTC and UK Army ROTC, recognition of personnel throughout the game and military VIPs in attendance.

UK Athletics will welcome Heather French Henry, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, to CWS on Saturday, who will lead a recognition of Vietnam Veterans, tentatively scheduled for the first quarter.

Individual tickets may be obtained on game day with the presentation of a service ID at the ticket booth outside Gate 4, while supplies last.

For more information on the Kentucky football team, follow @UKFootball on Twitter. 

Lextran Keeneland-CWS Shuttles to Run Again Saturday, Oct. 11: For the second consecutive week, fans will have the chance to enjoy both a college football atmosphere and the Keeneland racing tradition without having to move their vehicles as Lextran will be offering a shuttle bus to and from Commonwealth Stadium and Keeneland for fans for $1 each way.

Fans with or without reserved parking permits at Commonwealth Stadium can take advantage of the shuttles. Fans with reserved parking permits at Commonwealth Stadium for Saturday’s game are encouraged to park in their respective lots (permit parking map), while fans without reserved parking spots should park in non-permit parking locations (non-permit parking map). All football game-day parking and permit policies will be enforced.

The stadium pickup point will be at the intersection of University Drive and Cooper Drive. The first shuttle from University and Cooper will depart at 11:45 a.m. ET and the first shuttle from Keeneland will depart at 12:25 p.m. The shuttle will run continuously with stops every 20 minutes (schedule subject to traffic) until the final stadium pickup at 6:05 p.m. and the final Keeneland pickup at 6:45 p.m.

A key fact for fans to remember is that your vehicle should be originally parked at the site which you intend to finish your day.

The shuttle will be in operation for all three home games in October and the schedule will be the same, regardless of kickoff time.

UK Gymnastics Holding Halloween Costume Drive Saturday: The UK gymnastics team will hold a Halloween costume drive to benefit underprivileged children in the Lexington area on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. The team will college costumes at the game from 9:30 a.m. ET to 11:45 a.m. ET at Guest Services desks outsides gates 1 and 9.

The team will also collect costumes during the UK women’s soccer match vs. South Carolina on Oct. 10 at the Bell Soccer Complex and the volleyball team’s contest vs. LSU on Oct. 19 at Memorial Coliseum. Costumes can also be donated at the Joe Craft Center at the Welcome Center in the main lobby from Oct. 13-17 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.