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Sophomores Kyndal Knight and Danny Zhang went undefeated on the springboard events this week
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore Kyndal Knight led the No. 14 University of Kentucky women’s swimming and diving team to a win over Arkansas at the Lancaster Aquatic Center on Friday, sweeping her springboard events and remaining unbeaten on the 3-meter springboard this season.
In the 34-event quad meet featuring Arkansas, No. 4/9 Missouri and No. 3/7 NC State, the women’s team (5-3) defeated Arkansas, 254-99, and lost to Missouri, 240.5-112.5, and NC State, 213-140. The men’s team (2-4) lost to Missouri, 257-96, and NC State, 195-158.
Knight swept the 1- and 3-meter springboard events in the two-day quad meet, remaining unbeaten on the 3-meter board this season and carding seven of eight wins in all this season. On Friday, Knight topped the 3-meter field with a score of 325.75, beating second place by more than 30 points.
Sophomore Danny Zhang had his fair share of wins in the diving events this week, also collecting a pair of first place finishes in the 1- and 3-meter fields. Topping the 3-meter field on Thursday evening, he followed that up with a 1-meter win on Friday morning. His score of 316.80 on 1-meter was 17 points better than the second-place finisher.
Just like Knight and Zhang, senior Peter Wetzlar collected his second first-place finish of the meet Friday morning. Winning the 100-yard freestyle last night with the seventh-fastest time in the nation (43.83), the Zimbabwean topped the 50-yard freestyle field this morning with a time of 20.03. It marks his second-fastest time this season. His best mark of the year is 20.01, the 13th-fastest time in the nation.
Closing out the meet, the Kentucky men recorded the third-best time in the nation in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2:55.39. It was led off by Wetzlar (43.97), then senior John Mitchell (44.58), followed by senior Jason Head (43.90) and anchored by senior Glen Brown (42.94). The foursome finished in second place behind Missouri’s 2:53.56, the top time in the nation.
Next on the Schedule
The program will take a two-week hiatus from competition before traveling to Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Invitational, Nov. 21-23. The meet annually attracts a competitive field as teams go head-to-head in a long-course format.