The Bearcats host their second-striaght home meet on Saturday, Nov. 9, when Western Kentucky visits the Keating Aquatics Center. The Hilltoppers and Bearcats will begin diving at 11:00 a.m., followed by the swimming portion beginning at 1:00 p.m. The match can be seen live on BearcatsTV. Admission to the meet is free.
The men's and women's squads are both coming off defeats by ACC foe Virginia Tech. Head Coach Monty Hopkins was still pleased with the Bearcats. "Virginia Tech is one of the top teams in the ACC and top-20 of the NCAA," he said after the meet. "We're looking at what we're doing to build a platform to get better. Our Bearcats kept fighting, putting in a great effort and swimming smart."
The women's side has seen freshman Jackie Keire emerge as a force in the freestyle. She owns the top times by a Bearcat at every distance in the event. Keire has also led off the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, while swimming the freetyle leg of the 200 and 400 medley relays. Jessica Piper has been posting the top backstroke times, while Helena Pikhartova has been the top breaststroker and Iuliia Fedoreeva has been leading the butterfly.
The men's team continues to show increased depth, with 11 different Bearcats posting the top times in individual events. Junior transfer Joey Ferreri has been a welcome addition, swimming the fastest times in the distance freestyle events.
Following this weekend's meet with Western Kentucky, the Bearcats will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., for the Pittsburgh Invitational, to be held Friday-Sunday, Nov. 22-24. In addition to the host Panthers and Bearcats, Fairmont State and West Virginia Wesleyan will send full squads, California (Pa.) will send its women's squad, St. Bonaventure will send its men's team and Clemson will send its divers.