• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Kowalke, Zambrano top WCHS finishers at state

The Woodford County High School swimming and diving teams had two athletes score top finishes at the KHSAA Swimming and Diving championships, which were held at the University of Louisville, Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25 to 27. In the girls’ one-meter diving competition, Jacqui Kowalke moved up from 20th place after the first round of dives and finished in 15th place following the third, and final, round of the competition. She finished with 295.65 points. In addition, Woodford had three other divers – Chelsea Call, William Slover and Wade Young – who competed in the competition, but did not qualify for the final rounds. Katie Gatewood qualified as an alternate. In the boys’ swimming competition, Alberto Zambrano had strong finishes for Woodford in two events. In the 100-yard butterfly, Zambrano finished in ninth place with a time of 52.55. Then in the 100-yard backstroke, he finished seventh with a time of 52.53, which is a new school record. Also, in the swimming competition, Woodford had a number of other athletes competing, but they did not qualify for the final rounds. They were: Girls’ team: medley relay team (Madeline Gatewood, Caroline Crain, Katie Gatewood and Callie Hicks); 400-yard freestyle relay team (Hicks, Katie Beth Craig, Katie Gatewood and Madeline Gatewood); and Madeline Gatewood in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. Boys’ team: medley relay team (Luke McEachin, Ian Combs, Zambrano and Justin O’Nan); and 400-yard freestyle relay team (Austin Call, O’Nan, McEachin and Zambrano).

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