• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS swimming/diving 2nd in senior night meet


The Woodford County High School swimming and diving teams celebrated senior night with an overall second-place finish at a home meet on Wednesday, Jan. 27. In addition, the girls’ team finished first in its division and the boys’ team finished second in its division. Winning the overall meet was Lexington Catholic with 1,037 points. Woodford was second with 930 points, Boyle County third with 35 points and Bethlehem fourth with nine points. In the girls’ division, Woodford won six of 11 events and finished with 584 points, while Lexington Catholic was second with 496 points. In the boys’ division, Woodford won one of 11 events and finished second with 346 points. Winning the division was Lexington Catholic with 541 points, with Boyle County third with 35 points and Bethlehem fourth with nine points. Individually, in the girls’ division, Madeline Gatewood won two events, the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle; Katie Beth Craig won the 50-yard freestyle; and Callie Hicks won the 100-yard backstroke. In addition, the girls won two relays, the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. On the boys’ side, Woodford had one individual win, which was by Alberto Zambrano in the 100-yard butterfly. At the meet, the team celebrated its senior swimmers and divers. Originally scheduled for the week before on Wednesday, Jan. 20, that meet was postponed due to inclement weather. On this Wednesday, the event went on and nine seniors were honored in front of family and friends. The senior Jacketfish honored are diver Jacqui Kowalke and swimmers Jeff Bonsi, Austin Call, Nathaniel Eller, Callie Hicks, Luke McEachin, Justin O’Nan, Megan Robertson and Alberto Zambrano. Here is a recap of the senior night swimming and diving competition. Girls’ Diving Woodford swept the one-meter diving competition with Kowalke finishing first with 227.25 points. Finishing second was Katie Gatewood with 191.25 points, followed by Ingrid Brinegar and Elizabeth Evans tied for third with 171 points each. Boys’ Diving Woodford’s best performance was by Wade Young who finished second with 194.95 points, while William Slover finished second with 175.85 points. 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’ Swimming In the opening competition of the meet, the 200-meter medley relay, the team of Hicks, Mary Crutchfield, Robertson and Craig finished second with a time of 2;10.27. Also swimming in the event was the team of Reagan Jobe, Caroline Crain, McKenna Jobe and Natalie Eller. They finished fourth in 2:27.25. In the next event, the 200-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood won the race with a time of 2:03.93. In addition, Robertson was fourth in 2:28.39, Isabel Taylor was fifth in 2:29.69 and McKenna Jobe was sixth in 2:45.87. Then in the 200-yard individual medley, Crutchfield had Woodford’s top performance as she finished second with a time of 2:35.12. In addition, Crain finished fourth in 2:41.27 and Mackenzie Plata Madrid finished fifth in 2:55.47. Next up was the 50-yard freestyle, and Craig got the win for the Jacketfish with a time of 28.68. In addition, Natalie Eller finished sixth in 31.00, Paden Nicholson was eighth in 32.79, and Eli Bradshaw was 11th in 34.35. Also swimming in the race for Woodford were Emily Congleton (12th place in 37.93); Elizabeth Congleton (13th, 39.43); and Emma Milburn (14th, 40.70). Katie Gatewood had Woodford’s top performance in the 100-yard butterfly. She finished second with a time of 1:11.17. Her teammate, Gabrielle Plata Madrid, finished fourth in 1:29.84. In the 100-yard freestyle, Craig finished second with a time of 1:02.87. In addition, Hicks finished sixth in 1:05.28, Robertson finished seventh in 1:08.44 and Anna Nuckols finished eighth in 1:11.29. Also swimming in the race for Woodford were McKenna Jobe (11th, 1:12.60); Reagan Jobe (12th, 1:13.47); Eli Bradshaw (15th, 1:17.35); Elizabeth Congleton (16th, 1:29.52); Emily Congleton (17th, 1:31.06); and Milburn (18th, 1:54.33). Madeline Gatewood got her second individual win of the day when she captured the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:28.23. Also, Taylor finished fourth in the race with a time of 6:49.78. Then in the second relay of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Hicks, Katie Gatewood, Craig, and Madeline Gatewood won the event with a time of 1:54.03. Also swimming in the race was the team of Gabrielle Plata Madrid, Nuckols, Crain and Natalie Eller. They finished third with a time of 2:13.20. The next event, the 100-yard backstroke, was won by Hicks, who finished with a time of 1:51.31. In addition, Mackenzie Plata Madrid finished fifth in 1:20.53, Nicholson finished sixth in 1:20.82 and Natalie Eller finished seventh in 1:21.50. Also swimming in the race for Woodford were Nuckols (8th, 1:21.53) and Reagan Jobe (10th, 1:22.66). Crain and Crutchfield had Woodford’s best performances in the 100-yard breaststroke, as they finished third and fourth, respectively. Crain finished with a time of 1:20.42, while Crutchfield finished with a time of 1:22.37. In the final relay of the meet for the girls, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Crutchfield, Robertson, Katie Gatewood, and Madeline Gatewood won the event with a time of 4:09.12. Boys’ Swimming The boys’ competition started with a disqualification in the 200-yard freestyle due to a stroke infraction. They bounced back in the 200-yard freestyle with Isaac Tonges scoring a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:12.92. In addition, Preston Upthegrove finished fifth in 2:18.27 and Call finished sixth in 2:29.34. In the next event, the 200-yard individual medley, McEachin finished third with a time of 2:18.11. Next up was the 50-yard freestyle and O’Nan had Woodford’s best performance, as he finished in third place with a time of 26.72. In addition, Tyson Robinson finished fifth in 27.16, Bonci finished sixth in 30.36, and Nathaniel Eller finished seventh in 30.79. Zambrano got the only win for the Woodford’s boys’ team, which came in the 100-yard butterfly. He finished the race with a time of 55.69; one of only two swimmers to finish the race under a minute. In the 100-yard freestyle, McEachin had the team’s top performance, as he finished third with a time of 54.09. Also, O’Nan was sixth in 59.36, Bonci was ninth in 1:09.41 and Nathaniel Eller was 10th in 1:10.03. Also swimming in the race was Robinson, who finished 11th in 1:12.25. Then in the 500-yard freestyle, Upthegrove and Call finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Upthegrove finished in 6:24.04, while Call finished in 7:13.29. In the second relay of the day for the boys, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Zambrano, Robinson, O’Nan and McEachin finished second with a time of 1:42.31. In the 100-yard backstroke, Zambrano finished second with a time of 55.42, while Ian Combs finished fourth in 1:17.76. Next, Tonges finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:22.77. Then in the final event of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Zambrano, Tonges, O’Nan and McEachin finished second with a time of 3:51.05. Next up, Woodford hosts the Region 11 swimming and diving meet on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13, at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex. Start time is approximately 9 a.m. both days.

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