Athlete of the Week: UK Swimmer Asia Seidt

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Over the weekend, UK swimmer Asia Seidt became just the third Wildcat in program history to win multiple conference titles in a single season.

"This is something from the beginning of the year that we look forward to as a team," said Seidt.

Seidt may only be a sophomore, but she's already made a splash in the SEC. Seidt, along with her Wildcat teammates took fourth overall this past weekend at the SEC Championships in College Station, Texas. Thanks in part to a pair of first place finishes by Seidt in the 100 and 200 backstroke. She won both races by the narrowest of margins.

"Our coach Lars always talks putting your hand on the wall first because with swimming it's like tenths or hundredths," said Seidt.

Seidt claimed the 100 back by five one hundredths of a seconds.

"Over in lane six there was a girl ahead of me and I was just like, you've got to go catch her on this last twenty five," said Seidt. "So I just started spinning my arms to like see what I could do."

After winning the 100, Seidt set her sights on doing something no Wildcat had ever done before, by winning back-to-back conference titles in a single event.

"Going in this year, I just wanted to see if I could defend it," said Seidt. "There are great swimmers in the SEC so it's something hard to do but luckily with my teammates help, I was able to do it."

With the win, Seidt completed the sweep of the backstroke titles. She now will turn her focus on the NCAA Championships in March.

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