Geena Freriks fares well at U.S. Pro Swim Series

Mark Hazelwood • Updated Jul 8, 2018 at 9:38 PM

COLUMBUS — Norwalk resident Geena Freriks was in action once again with some of the best of the best — not far from home.

The soon-to-be University of Kentucky senior swimmer competed at the TYR Pro Swim Series long course event over the weekend at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at Ohio State University in Columbus.

The Pro Swim series event in Columbus was the last of six held across the U.S. since January. The championship series swims were competitive USA swimming events that included a points system to reward some of the most decorated athletes in one of the fastest race series’ in the world over the course of the six events.

Over the course of the championship event, Freriks, a 10-time All-Ohioan swimmer at Norwalk and Sandusky, competed in four events.

In what has been her signature event to date, Freriks entered as the No. 9 seed in the 200 freestyle — and swam her way to the championship race on Saturday night with the eighth-best time (2:00.65).

Freriks posted a time of 2:01.17 in the finals, which moved her up a spot to finish seventh overall in out of a possible 167 swimmers.

On Friday, Freriks entered the 400 free as the 14th seed, and she held that No. 14 overall position out of 124 competitors with a 4:14.33 effort.

Also on Friday, Freriks entered the 100 free with the 16th best time — and that is also where she finished overall out of 190 swimmers. She turned in a finals time of 57.16 seconds.

Freriks then closed out the competition on Sunday by swimming in the B final of the 800 freestyle. She entered as the 10th seed, then swam an 8:47.32 to finish in 11th overall out of 66 swimmers.

Last season, Freriks broke the UK record in the 500 free and became the second swimmer — and first since 1999 — to win the event at the SEC championships in mid-February.

It also marked Freriks' second SEC title after she won the 200 free at the 2017 championships. She became just the third Kentucky swimmer — male or female — to have won multiple individual SEC titles.

Freriks added 10th-place finishes in the 100 and 200 freestyle races at the SECs. She also helped three UK relays place fourth, sixth and seventh over the five-day event.

At the NCAA championships in March — also held at Ohio State — she added top 20 finishes in the 200 (19th) and 500 (18th) — and was 11th and 13th as a member of two UK relays.

Overall, Freriks is a two-time SEC champion, six-time NCAA All-American and a U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier at Kentucky entering her final season this upcoming fall and winter.

Up next for Freriks will be the U.S. National Championships from July 25-29 in Irvine, Calif. — the nation’s biggest swimming event ahead of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

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