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Freriks adds ninth-place finish in 200 free at SECs

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Feb 21, 2019 at 7:15 PM

ATHENS, Ga. — Lifelong Norwalk resident Geena Freriks added a ninth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle Thursday night at the Southeastern Conference swim championships.

Freriks, a senior standout for the University of Kentucky also has two school record performances in her final SEC swim championships. Both of those swims were good for podium finishes in third place.

A 10-time All-Ohioan at Norwalk and Sandusky, Freriks entered the 200 free with the sixth-best time (1:45.54), though just 1.71 seconds separated the top eight swimmers prior to the preliminary races.

She swam a 1:46.18 in the prelim, which was the 14th-best time in the event. In Thursday night’s B finals, Freriks bounced back with an impressive 1:44.84 for ninth overall— almost a full second ahead of the second-best swim in the race.

On Wednesday, Freriks entered the 500 free as the defending league champion in the event. She had the fifth-best seed time of 4:40.50. She cut that down to 4:39.30 in Wednesday morning’s preliminary swim, which put her in second entering the finals in the evening session.

Freriks then put together another solid swim, cutting her time down further to 4:37.04 in breaking her own record in the event. However, Georgia’s Courtney Harnish was able to pull away over the final 100 yards, and Florida’s Leah Braswell touched the wall just .23 seconds ahead of Freriks, giving her the bronze in the event.

As the anchor member of the 800 freestyle relay on Tuesday night, Freriks helped her UK teammates to a school record time of 6:56.23 — also good for a third-place finish at the event being held on the campus of the University of Georgia.

The relay had entered with a time of 7:03.69, the fourth-best time. That was good for an A-cut time at next month’s NCAA championships.

Freriks is also currently entered individually in the 100 free, where she will enter 10th, and the 1650 free — both on Saturday. She is expected to swim in only one of the two races.

Freriks will also swim relays with the 200 free, 400 medley and 400 free yet this weekend.

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