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All-American swimmer Asia Seidt says AD of the year Mitch Barnhart makes athletes feel “important”

Asia Seidt. (Photo by Noah J. Richter | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Junior swimmer Asia Said had a remarkable season breaking two school records in individual events and another in a relay. She’s now an eight-time first-team All-American, the most in UK history, and was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year, a major national award.

Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart got his own national award Wednesday when he was named the Sports Business Journal Athletics Director of the Year.

Seidt certainly is a Barnhart backer — just like many, many UK athletes.

“Mitch is amazing. He is a great athletics director. He makes you feel important. Swimming obviously is not a huge revenue sport but Mitch makes it feel so important and shows that he cares which is a huge thing about Kentucky that I love,” Seidt said.

She knows swimming doesn’t have the fan popularity of sports like basketball and football but she says thanks to Barnhart, swimmers never feel overlooked.

“He makes us feel very important. It is amazing the resources we are given. We are treated just like any other team on the campus. Obviously basketball has some more resources than us but they deserve it. But we can’t complain. Mitch makes sure we are well taken care of and we all appreciate that,” Seidt said.

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