• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS swimming and diving open 2016 with a win

The Woodford County High School swimming and diving teams opened 2016 with a win over four teams at home in the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex on Wednesday, Jan. 6. In the competition, Woodford won the overall swim meet by capturing 13 of 22 events and finishing with 976 points. West Jessamine High School finished second with 577 points, followed by Anderson County High School in third with 412 points, East Jessamine High School in fourth with 192 points and Boyle County High School in fifth with 78 points. In the girls’ competition, Woodford won eight of 11 events and finished first with 573 points. West Jessamine was second with 301 points, followed by Anderson County in third with 164 points, East Jessamine in fourth with 59 points and Boyle County in fifth with 14 points. In the boys’ competition, Woodford won five of 11 events and finished first with 403 points. West Jessamine was second with 267 points, followed by Anderson County in third with 248 points, East Jessamine in fourth with 133 points and Boyle County in fifth with 64 points. Individually, the Jacketfish had 13 wins in the swimming events; eight for the girls and five for the boys. Woodford also won the girls’ diving event. Here’s a recap of the meet. Note: In all events except the relays, only the top four finishers count towards a team’s final point standings in the meet. In the relays, only the top finishing team counts toward the point standings. Girls’ Diving Woodford’s Jacqui Kowalke won the one-meter diving competition with 211.50 points over four other WCHS athletes. Finishing second was Katie Gatewood with 202.90 points, followed by Chelsea Call with 195.75 points, and Skyler Churchill with 187.00 points. Also, Ingrid Brinegar, finished fifth with 140.55 points. Boys’ Diving William Slover had Woodford’s best performance, as he finished third with 171.20 points. In addition, Wade Young finished fourth with 170.70 points. Girls’ Swimming The girls’ opened the swimming competition with the 200-yard medley relay, and the team of Katie Gatewood, Caroline Crain, Madeline Gatewood and Callie Hicks won the race with a time of 2:08.06. Also, the team of McKenna Jobe, Makenzie Plata Madrid, Megan Robertson and Reagan Jobe finished third in 2:24.61. In the second competition of the day, the 200-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood scored the win with a time of 2:08.19. In addition, Robertson finished third in 2:25.40, and Mackenzie Plata Madrid was fifth in 2:45.01. Next up was the 200-yard individual medley and Woodford took the top two spots. Finishing first was Katie Gatewood with a time of 2:29.59 and finishing second was Crain with a time of 2:40.77. In the 50-yard freestyle, Mary Crutchfield had Woodford’s top performance, as she finished second in 28.87. In addition, Hicks finished third in 28.91, followed by Natalie Eller in fourth in 30.85 and Isabel Taylor in fifth in 31.28. Also swimming for Woodford in the race were Anna Nukols (6th place in 31.64); Paden Nicholson (8th, 32.41); McKenna Jobe (9th, 32.44); Reagan Jobe (10th, 32.61); Eli Bradshaw (11th, 34.28); Emily Congleton (12th, 34.67); Gabrielle Plata Madrid (13th, 35.06); and Emma Milburn (20th, 42.87). In the 100-yard butterfly, Gabrielle Plata Madrid won the race uncontested and finished with a time of 1:29.14. Woodford swept the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle. Robertson won the race with a time of 1:03.63, followed by Crutchfield in second in 1:04.50 and Natalie Eller in third in 1:09.50. In addition, Emma Milburn finished 11th with a time of 1:51.82. In the 500-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood finished in first place with a time of 5:38.13, while Isabel Taylor finished third in 6:50.77 and Hicks finished fifth in 6:59.61. In the second relay race of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Reagan Jobe, Bradshaw, Crutchfield and Madeline Gatewood won the race with a time of 2;04.03. Also swimming in the race were two other Woodford teams. The team of Nicholson, Nuckols, Gabrielle Plata Madrid and Eller finished second with a time of 2:14.21, and the team of Emily Congleton, Milburn, Taylor and McKenna Jobe finished fifth with a time of 2:28.88. Then in the 100-yard backstroke, Mackenzie Plata Madrid had Woodford’s top performance, as she finished second with a time of 1:20.33. In addition, Nicholson finished third in 1:24.52 and McKenna Jobe finished fourth in 1:25.04. In the final individual race of the meet for the girls, the 100-yard breaststroke, Crain and Nuckols finished second and third, respectively. Crain finished with a time of 1:22.20 and Nuckols finished with a time of 1:28.80. Then in the final race of the meet for the girls, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Robertson, Hicks, Crutchfield and Katie Gatwood finished first with a time of 4:20.00. Boys’ Swimming The boys began the meet with the 200-yard medley relay, and the team of Luke McEachin, Ian Combs, Alberto Zambrano and Justin O’Nan got the win with a time of 1:57.00. In the boys’ second race, the 200-yard freestyle, Isaac Tonges was Woodford’s lone entrant in the race and he finished third with a time of 2;13.22. Next up was the 200-yard individual medley and Preston Upthegrove finished fifth in 2:40.07. Then in the 50-yard freestyle, McEachin won the race with a time of 24.37, Tyson Robinson finished third in 26.37, O’Nan was fourth in 27.30 and Austin Call was fifth in 27.78. Also swimming for Woodford in the race was Nathaniel Eller (6th, 29.46) and Combs (12th, 33.55). In the 100-yard butterfly, Zambrano won the race with a time of 56.68. In the next race, the 100-yard freestyle, O’Nan came home the winner with a time of 1:00.70, while Nathaniel Eller finished third in 1:09.54 and Robinson finished fourth in 1:10.98. Only two swimmers were entered in the 500-yard freestyle, and Upthegrove took second in 6:37.19. In the second relay race of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Upthegrove, Cal, Tonges and Robinson finished second with a time of 1:52.73. Then in the 100-yard backstroke, Zambrano won his second individual race of the meet with a time of 57.99. He was the only swimmer in the race to break one minute. In addition, McEachin finished third in 1:05.39 and Call finished fifth in 1:27.22. In the final individual race of the meet for the boys, the 100-yard breaststroke, Combs had Woodford’s best performance, as he finished second with a time of 1:19.19. Then in the final race of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of O’Nan, McEachin, Tonges and Zambrano finished second with a time of 3:47.86. Next up, Woodford hosts three teams – Boyle County, Danville and Nelson County/Thomas Nelson – at home in the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Start time is approximately 6 p.m.

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