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Freriks closes college career with record swim; more All-America honors

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Mar 24, 2019 at 2:26 AM

AUSTIN, Texas — Geena Freriks went out in fitting fashion.

In the final two races of her record-setting collegiate career at the University of Kentucky, the lifelong Norwalk resident added two more records and two more All-America honorable mention recognition at the NCAA swimming championships.

Swimming the 1650-yard freestyle for just the second time in her career, Freriks made her final individual swim for the Wildcats in the event in 15:57.64 — a UK school record. That was good for 11th overall out of 40 swimmers, and good for All-America honorable mention.

The time was eight seconds faster than her initial swim in the 1650, which she swam for the first time on Feb. 24 at the SEC championships, which was good for sixth place there.

Then, in her final swim ever for UK, Freriks was the anchor of the 400 free relay. The quartet finished in a school record time of 3:14.59, good for 15th overall and more All-America recognition.

On Wednesday, Freriks was the anchor for the 800 free relay (6:58.05) that placed eighth overall. The 10-time All-Ohioan at Norwalk and Sandusky also finished 20th out of 61 swimmers in the 500 free (4:40.64) and 21st out of 56 competitors in the 200 free (1:45.05).

Over her four years at kentucky, Freriks was an All-American all four years in 10 swims.

Also a two-time SEC champion, Freriks leaves Kentucky with five individual long-course program records and four individual short-course records. She has also contributed to four program-record relays and narrowly missed out on a U.S. National team spot this past summer.

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