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Louisville sweeps swim meet from Kentucky

Louisville’s men’s and women’s teams swept victories from Kentucky on Saturday at the Cardinals’ Ralph Wright Natatorium.
Louisville’s men’s and women’s teams swept victories from Kentucky on Saturday at the Cardinals’ Ralph Wright Natatorium. U of L Athletics

The University of Louisville swimming and diving teams got the best of rival Kentucky on Saturday, taking the men’s meet 200-100 and the women’s competition 190-110 at the Cardinals’ Ralph Wright Natatorium.

The U of L men are ranked No. 7 in the nation and the women No. 10.

“I thought we came out and fought hard in some areas,” Kentucky Coach Lars Jorgensen said. “On the girls’ side, I think some of our freshmen stood out. ... Our divers really dove well. ... But we still had too many gaps and too many holes, and we have to shorten those things up in the next three weeks or so before conference.”

The UK women posted five event victories over Louisville while the men had three wins.

Rebecca Hamperian, a Lafayette High School graduate, was the only Wildcat to notch two victories, taking top honors in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.

Freshman Geena Freriks won the 500 freestyle for the Wildcats. Kathryn Painter, another UK freshman, won the 1,000 free.

The final victory for the UK women came by way of Danielle Galyer in the 200 backstroke.

Click here to view the meet results.

Similar to the women, the men saw success in the dives and distance freestyles. Seb Masterton won the 3-meter dive. Drew Aviotti won the 1,000 freestyle, and Kyle Higgins took the 200 butterfly.

Kentucky returns to action Friday with a meet at Ohio State, then returns home for Senior Day on Saturday against Cincinnati.

Trevor Carroll led the Louisville men with victories in the 50, 200 and 500 freestyles and also was part of the Cardinals’ winning 400 freestyle relay team.

Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year finalist Kelsi Worrell led the U of L women with wins in the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and a pair of relays.

View a photo gallery from the meet.

“It is a rivalry meet but we have to approach it like a regular dual meet and continue to make forward progress and that was my challenge to the group,” said Louisville Coach Arthur Albiero. “We had to find the little problem areas and correct them. We also found some new ones and we will correct them as well. I loved the energy that we came out with right from the first relay. It is hard to keep the energy and focus up for the entire meet and we did a great job all the way through.”