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Jacketfish finish 4th at Region 3 championships


JACQUI KOWALKE, a senior diver for the Woodford County High School diving team, finished first in the one-meter diving competition at the Region 6 Swimming and Diving Competition, which was held at the Falling Spring swimming and diving complex, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13. In the process, Kowalke set a new Region 6 points record as well. (Photo submitted)

The Woodford County High School swimming and diving team scored a fourth-place overall finish out of 14 competing teams at the Region 6 Swimming and Diving meet, which was held at the Falling Spring swimming and diving complex, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13. In addition, the girls’ team finished fourth out of 14 teams, while the boys’ team finished fifth out of 15 teams. In the overall competition, North Oldham won the meet with 785 points, while South Oldham finished second with 603 points. Rounding out the top five were Boyle County in third with 580 points, Woodford fourth with 415 points and Collins fifth with 344 points. In the girls’ competition, the order of the top four finishers was the same, as North Oldham was first with 503 points, South Oldham second with 266.5 points, Boyle County third with 235 points, Woodford fourth with 230 points and Oldham County fifth with 209.5 points. In the boys’ competition, Boyle County was the winner with 345 points, South Oldham was second with 337 points, North Oldham was third with 282 points, Collins was fourth with 242 points and Woodford was fifth with 185 points. Individually, Jacqui Kowalke was the only winner in the girls’ competition, as she finished first in the one-meter diving competition and set a new Region 6 points record. In the boys’ division, Alberto Zambrano had Woodford’s lone win of the day, which came in the 100-yard backstroke where he also set a new Region 6 meet record. Here are the results of Woodford’s Region 6 competition. Girls’ Diving Jacqui Kowalke not only won the one-meter diving competition, but she set a new Region 6 meet record with 407.25 points. She was also Woodford’s only winner in the girls’ competition. In addition, Chelsea Call was second with 379.65 points and Katie Gatewood was fourth with 350.80 points. Boys’ Diving Wade Young had Woodford’s top performance in the one-meter diving competition. He finished fourth with 332.10 points. Also, William Slover finished sixth with 318.95 points. Girls’ events The girls’ competition opened with the 200-yard medley relay, and the team of Madeline Gatewood, Caroline Crain, Katie Gatewood and Callie Hicks finished fourth with a time of 2:03.27. Then in the 200-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood finished fifth with a time of 2:02.10. Also, Megan Robertson finished 15th in 2:18.71. Next up was the 200-yard individual medley, and Mary Crutchfield finished eighth with a time of 2:37.76. Also, Caroline Crain finished 10th in 2:37.17. In the 50-yard freestyle, Katie Beth Craig had Woodford’s top performance, as she finished 11th with a time of 27.91. In the next race, the 100-yard freestyle, Craig finished 10th with a time of 1:01.09. Then in the 500-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood had the best performance for the Jacketfish as she finished fourth with a time of 5:29.99. Also, Katie Gatewood finished ninth in 5:43.35. Next was the second relay race of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, and the team of Robertson, Reagan Jobe, Hicks and Craig finished fifth with a time of 1:53.35. In the next race, the 100-yard backstroke, it was Hicks with Woodford’s best performance. She finished 11th with a time of 1:08.87. In the last individual event of the meet for the girls, the 100-yard breaststroke, Crain finished eighth with a time of 1:20.14. Then in the final girls’ event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Hicks, Craig, Katie Gatewood, and Madeline Gatewood finished fifth with a time of 3:58.23. Boys’ events The boys opened their competition with the 200-yard medley relay, and the team of Luke McEachin, Ian Combs, Zambrano and Justin O’Nan finished fifth with a time of 1:49.76. Next up was the 200-yard freestyle, and Isaac Tonges had Woodford’s best performance, as he finished 12th with a time of 2:09.89. Then in the 50-yard freestyle, McEachin finished fourth with a time of 23.38. In the next race, the 100-yard butterfly, Zambrano just missed winning the race, but he finished second with a time of 52.09, which would have been a Region 6 record. However, the record goes to the winner of the race, Paul Cozzens of Collins, who finished in 51.42. It was McEachin with Woodford’s best performance in the 200-yard freestyle, where he finished fourth with a time of 52.05. Then in the second relay race of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Combs. Call, Tonges and Tyson Robinson finished eighth with a time of 1:50.87. Zambrano got Woodford’s only win of the day in the next race, the 100-yard backstroke. He finished with a time of 53.54; a new Region 6 meet record In the last event of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Call, O’Nan, McEachin and Zambrano finished fourth with a time of 3:38.38. Next up is the KHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held at the University of Louisville, Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25 to 27.

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