• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS swimming teams finish 3rd against top teams

The Woodford County High School girls’ and boys’ swim teams finished third in a home meet against some top teams on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex. Overall, Woodford won six of 22 events and scored 643 points to finish third behind Dunbar, which had 759 points, and Boyle County, which had 750 points. Finishing fourth was Danville with 616 points, Nelson County was fifth with 176 points, and Thomas Nelson High School was sixth with 38 points. In the girls’ competition, Woodford won three of 11 events and scored 356 points to finish in fourth place. Winning the girls’ competition was Danville with 378 points, followed by Dunbar with 375 points and Boyle County with 362 points. Also, Nelson County was fifth with 110 points and Thomas Nelson High School was sixth with two points. In the boys’ competition, Woodford won two of 11 events and finished third with 287 points. Boyle County won the boys’ competition with 388 points, while Dunbar was second with 384 points. Finishing fourth was Danville with 238 points, followed by Nelson County with 66 points and Thomas Nelson High School with 36 points. Individually, in the girls’ competition, Madeline Gatewood won two events, the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly; and Katie Gatewood won the 500-yard freestyle; while in the boys’ competition, Alberto Zambrano won two events, the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke. Here is a recap of Woodford’s 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’ events The girls’ opened with the 200-yard medley relay, and the team of Madeline Gatewood, Caroline Crain, Katie Gatewood and Katie Beth Craig finished third with a time of 2:07.01. Also swimming in the event was the team of Paden Nicholson, Mary Crutchfield, Gabrielle Plata Madrid and McKenna Jobe. They finished seventh with a time of 2:26.01. In the next event, the 200-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood won the race with a time of 2:02.81. In addition, Megan Robertson finished fifth in 2:21.74. Next up was the 200-yard individual medley, and Crain had Woodford’s best performance, as she finished sixth with a time of 2:45.49. In addition, McKenzie Plata Madrid finished ninth in 2:55.45, and Gabrielle Plata Madrid finished 11th in 3:00.57. In the next race, the 50-yard freestyle, which had the biggest field of the day with 37 swimmers, Craig was Woodford’s top performer, as she finished fifth with a time of 28.46. In addition, Natalie Eller finished 12th in 31.02, Nicholson finished 15th in 32.13, and Isabel Taylor finished 16th in 32.14. Also swimming in the race for Woodford were Reagan Jobe (18th place in 32.34); McKenna Jobe (19th, 32.59); Eli Bradshaw (22nd, 35.28); and Emma Milburn (28th, 43.05). Then in the 100-yard butterfly, Madeline Gatewood scored her second win of the day, finishing with a time of 1:04.99. In addition, Crutchfield was fifth in 1:14.24, and Gabrielle Plata Madrid was 10th in 1:28.42. Three Woodford swimmers finished in the top 10 out of 29 swimmers in the 100-yard freestyle, as Craig finished fourth with a time of 1:02.18, Robertson finished seventh in 1:05.70, and McKenna Jobe finished ninth in 1:09.62. In addition, Reagan Jobe finished 13th in 1:13.64. Also swimming in the race for Woodford was Nicholson (14th, 1:13.66) and Milburn (22nd, 1:41.02). Katie Gatewood scored a win for Woodford in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:50.19, while Isabel Taylor finished seventh with a time of 6:51.51. In the second relay of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Crain, Reagan Jobe, Natalie Eller and Craig finished fifth with a time of 2:03.39. In addition, the team of McKenna Jobe, Nicholson, Bradshaw and Mackenzie Plata Madrid finished eighth in 2:16.98. In the next race, the 100-yard backstroke, Eller and Mackenzie Plata Madrid finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Eller finished with a time of 1:18.43, and Plata Madrid finished with a time of 1:20.94. In the last individual event of the day, the 100-yard breaststroke, Crain and Crutchfield finished back-to-back, as Crain finished third with a time of 1:20.22, and Crutchfield finished fourth with a time of 1:23.01. In addition, Bradshaw finished 10th in 1:41.52. Then in the final relay of the meet for the girls, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Natalie Eller, Crutchfield, Katie Gatewood and Madeline Gatewood finished second with a time of 4:14.08. Boys’ events The boys’ team opened with the 200-yard medley relay, and the team of Luke McEachin, Ian Combs, Alberto Zambrano and Justin O’Nan finished third with a time of 1:53.48. In the 200-yard freestyle, Preston Upthegrove was Woodford’s top performer, as he finished sixth with a time of 2:17.50. In addition, Austin Call finished ninth in 2:23.71. Next up was the 200-yard individual medley and McEachin finished second with a time of 2:24.68. In the next race, the 50-yard freestyle, O’Nan and Tyson Robinson finished sixth and seventh, respectively, out of 29 swimmers. O’Nan finished with a time of 26.02, and Robinson finished with a time of 26.67. In addition, Isaac Tonges finished ninth in 26.95 and Nathaniel Eller finished 12th in 30.25. Also swimming in the race for Woodford were Jeffry Bonci (14th, 30.83) and Combs (20th, 32.93). Zambrano scored his first win of the day, when he finished first in the 100-yard butterfly. His finishing time of 55.74 was the only one under a minute out of the seven competitors. McEachin put in Woodford’s best performance in the next race, the 100-yard freestyle. He finished second out of 28 swimmers with a time of 54.42. In addition, O’Nan was fourth in 57.57, Upthegrove was 10th in 1:03.90, and Call was 11th in 1:04.91. Also swimming in the race for Woodford was Nathaniel Eller (12th, 1:08.99); Bonci (14th, 1:11.36); and Robinson (20th, 1:16.81). Then in the 500-yard freestyle, Tonges finished third with a time of 6:08.08. In the second relay of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Nathaniel Eller, Robinson, Tonges and O’Nan finished fourth with a time of 1:52.39. Zambrano scored his second win of the day in the next race, the 100-yard backstroke. He finished under a minute with a time of 55.13. In the final individual competition of the meet for the boys, the 100-yard breaststroke, Combs finished fifth with a time of 1:17.44. Then in the final race of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Robinson, Tonges, McEachin and Zambrano finished third with a time of 3:59.03. Next up, Woodford hosts Scott County and Bethlehem on Senior Night at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

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