UofL Coach Arthur Albiero congratulates his charges during another record breaking day. (Mike DeZarn photo).
Cardinal swimmer Ilia Sibirtsev on his way to a record in the 1,000-yard freestyle (Mike DeZarn photo).

Any day is a good day when a University of Louisville athletic team crushes the University of Kentucky in any sport. That’s exactly the UofL men and women’s swimming and diving teams did Saturday.

The Cardinal men defeated the Wildcats 209.5 to 88.5 while the UofL women were dominating their counterparts from Lexington 210-90.

The UofL swimmers turned in a total of four pool records during the meet:

— In the 1,000-yard men’s free style event, Ilia Sibirtsev of Louisville set a pool and school record with his time of 8:46.07.

Gabi Albiero was involved in two record-setting performances.

— Gabi Albiero set a pool record for the UofL women in her win of the 100 butterfly, turning in a 51.25, just edging teammate Christiana Regenauer’s 51.41. Karoline Barrett made it a sweep with a third place time of 53.74.

— Cardinal captain Dalton Lowe won the men’s 100 butterfly, with a pool record time of 45.33. Card Mateo Miceli was third in 47.47 and Aidan Paro was fourth in 47.86.

— In the women’s 400 free relays, the UofL team of Gabi Albiero (48.10), Julia Dennis (47.69), Lucy Mehraban (48.99), and Ella Welch (48.15) combined for a 3:12.93 for a pool record.

Swim meets can be loud so protection was in order for this young Cardinal fan (Mike DeZarn photo).
High level intensity personifies Louisville swimming competition (Mike DeZarn photo).
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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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