University of Kentucky swimmer Geena Freriks on Thursday became the first Wildcat since 1995 to win the women’s 200-yard freestyle at the Southeastern Conference Championships in Knoxville.
Freriks’ time of 1:44.26 broke her own school record set earlier this season. The last UK woman to take gold in the event was Kelly Heath in 1995.
“It was a great night,” UK Coach Lars Jorgensen said. “Obviously, Geena was the highlight tonight, just a fantastic swim. Really showed her heart that she possesses to finish. Really close. The girls were all coming, but she fought so hard. You know, that’s the way she trains. I couldn’t be more proud of her. She’s deserving of a championship and she’s a championship swimmer.”
UK’s Kendal Casey and Ali Galyer joined Freriks in the 200 freestyle finals, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively.
On her Instagram account, Freriks posted a picture of herself receiving the gold medal. She wrote, “I’ve been dreaming of this moment all season... nothing beats hard work and determination. I do it for the team and for this guy giving me the medal. With overwhelming happiness and appreciation... I am a SEC champion.”