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Kentucky’s Freriks wins 200 free at SEC Championships

Kentucky’s Geena Freriks posed with her gold medal after winning the 200-yard freestyle finals at the SEC Championships in Knoxville on Thursday.
Kentucky’s Geena Freriks posed with her gold medal after winning the 200-yard freestyle finals at the SEC Championships in Knoxville on Thursday. UK Athletics

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.”

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