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Mizzou Invite: Kentucky Dominates Night Two, Wins Eight Events, Breaks One School Record 

The midseason invitational features Arkansas, Brigham Young, Kentucky and Missouri 

Day Two Results

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 25/No. 8 University of Kentucky swimming and diving teams dominated the second night of the Mizzou Invite in Columbia, Missouri, on Friday, November 20, winning an electric eight of 16 events during the evening session. Of those triumphs, Riley Gaines broke the school record in the 200 freestyle, while she also helped the 800 freestyle relay team earn the second-fastest time in the nation. 

Gaines, a sophomore, had a sensational night, breaking the school record in the 200 freestyle. The Nashville, Tennessee, native touched the wall in 1:43.68, more than three full seconds faster than second place and just narrowly more than three tenths of a second faster than the previous record holder Ali Galyer (1:43.99). It marks the first individual school record for Gaines, while she also helped reset the 800 freestyle relay school record in 2019 (6:56.23). 

In addition to a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle, Gaines also helped the 800 freestyle relay team to the top time in 7:05.78 – the second-fastest time in the nation. Gaines swam a 1:44.46 in the first 200 yards, followed by Kaitlynn Wheeler (1:46.79), then Izzy Gati (1:47.95) and anchored by Sophie Sorenson (1:46.58). 

The men’s team earned a first-place showing in the event, too, earning the top mark of 6:32.28, more than a second faster than Missouri’s second-place finish (6:33.44). Leading the foursome to its victorious finish was Hank Siefert in 1:38.63, followed by Mason Wilby in 1:38.05, then Adam Rosipal in 1:38.98 and anchored by Jakob Clark in 1:36.62. 

On the diving side, Kyndal Knight and Danny Zhang swept the springboards in the finals session. 

Knight, a junior, remains undefeated this season on the 1-meter springboard, after she topped the preliminaries field on 285.85 points, then rallied a score of 292.70 in the final six dives, her season high on the discipline. Zhang rallied his second first-place finish of the meet, earning 403.75 points on the 3-meter springboard. It marked his season high, too, and the first time he surpassed the 400-point threshold this season. Zhang, a junior, also remains unbeaten on the 3-meter springboard in finals events this season. 

 

The full list of individual triumphs through night two are as follows: 

Riley Gaines                       200 freestyle      1:43.68 

Gillian Davey                     400 IM                 4:09.68 

Izzy Gati                              100 butterfly      53.16 

Caitlin Brooks                    100 backstroke  51.56 

Kyndal Knight                    1-meter               292.70 

Danny Zhang                     1-meter               343.05 

                                             3-meter               403.75 

Beth McNeese                  500 freestyle      4:40.69 

Hank Siefert                       800 freestyle-r   6:32.28 

Mason Wilby                     800 freestyle-r   6:32.28 

Adam Rosipal                    800 freestyle-r   6:32.28 

Jakob Clark                        800 freestyle-r   6:32.28 

Riley Gaines                       800 freestyle-r   7:05.78 

Kaitlynn Wheeler             800 freestyle-r   7:05.78 

Izzy Gati                              800 freestyle-r   7:05.78 

Sophie Sorenson              800 freestyle-r   7:05.78 

NCAA Championship “B” Standards  

Beth McNeese                  500 freestyle      4:40.69 

Kaitlynn Wheeler             500 freestyle      4:46.21 

                                             200 freestyle      1:46.69 

Kaylee Williams                500 freestyle      4:46.59 (prelims) 

Adam Rosipal                    500 freestyle      4:22.52 

Hank Siefert                       500 freestyle      4:21.48 (prelims) 

Sophie Sorenson              200 IM                 1:58.42 (prelims) 

                                             100 backstroke  52.75 

Lauren Poole                     200 IM                 1:59.34 (prelims) 

Izzy Gati                              200 IM                 1:59.51 (prelims) 

                                             100 butterfly      52.61 (prelims) 

Bailey Bonnett                  200 IM                 1:59.75 

                                             400 IM                 4:14.42 

Kyle Barker                        200 IM                 1:46.36 

                                             400 IM                 3:51.26 

Mason WIlby                     200 IM                 1:46.57 

Caitlin Brooks                    100 butterfly      53.23 

                                             100 backstroke  51.56 

Lauren Poole                     400 IM                 4:10.29 

Gillian Davey                     400 IM                 4:09.68 

                                             100 breaststroke 1:00.51  

Zane Rosely                       400 IM                 3:50.88 

Riley Gaines                       200 freestyle      1:43.68 

—                                          800 freestyle-r   7:05.78 

NCAA Zone “C” Championship Diving Standards 

Danny Zhang                     1m                        343.05 

                                             3m                        403.75 

Chase Lane                        1m                        330.85 

                                             3m                        382.50 (prelims) 

Rodrigo Romero               3m                        348.15 

Kyndal Knight                    1m                        292.70  

3m                        314.45 (prelims) 

Following the first two nights of the midseason invitational, the Kentucky women’s team is solid at the top of the team standings and the men’s team is strong in second place with more points to claim tomorrow. 

Women’s Team Standings 

  1. Kentucky 844 
  2. Arkansas 597 
  3. Missouri 541 
  4. BYU 55 

Men’s Team Standings 

  1. Missouri 866 
  2. Kentucky 722 
  3. Unattached 99 
  4. BYU 29 

The remainder of the schedule is as follows: 

Saturday, November 21 

10 a.m. ET           Swimming preliminaries 

1:30 p.m. ET       Women’s and Men’s platform preliminaries 

2:45 p.m. ET       Women’s and Men’s platform finals 

7 p.m. ET             Swimming finals 

The meet will conclude tomorrow, Saturday, November 21, with the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 1650 freestyle and platform. 

Missouri has adopted a no general-attendance plan inside the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Fans are encouraged to follow live scoring or tune into the finals events on SEC Network+. 

For the latest on the Kentucky swimming and diving program, follow @UKSwimDive on Twitter and on Instagram, on Facebook and on the web at UKathletics.com

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