• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS swimming and diving wins season opener

The Woodford County High School swimming and diving teams opened their 2016-17 season on Wednesday, Nov. 16, hosting four teams – Frankfort, Franklin County, Lexington Christian and Western Hills – at the Falling Spring swimming and diving complex. As a team, Woodford won the combined title with 18 wins out of 22 events. The girls’ team won 10 of 11 events, including all three relays, while the boys scored eight wins in 11 events, including two relays. The diving teams also won their events, though they were uncontested. However, the divers got in some good competition experience and are well prepared for the season. Here are the complete results for Woodford. Girls’ diving Katie Gatewood took first place in the one-meter diving competition, while Chelsea Call finished second. Boys’ diving Wade Young scored the win for Woodford in the one-meter diving competition, and William Slover came in second. (Note: In the swimming events, only the top four placers in each event count towards the final point totals. In the relays, only the top finisher counts toward the final point totals.) Girls’ swimming The girls’ team opened the meet with the 200-yard medley relay, and the team of Mary Crutchfield, Caroline Crain, Katie Gatewood and Katie Beth Craig won the event with a time of 2:08.33. Also swimming in the event was the team of Natalie Eller, Olivia Damm, Gabrielle Plata-Madrid and Reagan Jobe. They finished seventh with a time of 2:29.93. In the 200-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood won the race with a time of 2:05.42. In addition, Laura Crutchfield finished second in 2:12.65 and Damm finished fifth in 2:29.86. Next up was the 200-yard individual medley, and Mary Crutchfield scored the win with a time of 2:36.10. In addition, Crain finished third in 2:44.05 and Plata-Madrid finished sixth in 2:59.86. Then in the 50-yard freestyle, Craig had Woodford’s top performance. She finished third with a time of 28.48. In addition, Emma Oberlander finished fourth in 29.44, Erin Oberlander finished fifth in 29.44 and Jobe finished seventh in 31.81. Other Woodford swimmers in the event were Eli Bradshaw (who finished eighth, with a time of 33.06); Emma Goh (10th, 33.74); Victoria Hale (13th, 34.35); Hanna Warthman (14th, 34.67); Elizabeth Congleton (15th, 34.98); Lucy Childers (22nd, 37.69); Caroline Miller (25th, 39.11); and Corey Tipton (27th, 40.14). In the next event, the 100-yard butterfly, Katie Gatewood scored a win with a time of 1:05.22. In addition, Gabrielle Plata-Madrid was fifth in 1:30.23. Then in the 100-yard freestyle, Craig won the race with a time of 1:02.01. Also scoring top 10 finishes in the race were Emma Oberlander (3rd, 1:05.69), Erin Oberlander (4th, 1:07.55) and Natalie Eller (5th, 1:08.50). Other Woodford swimmers in the event were Anna Nuckols (7th, 1:11.45); Paden Nicholson (11th, 1:14.19); Goh (12th, 1:14.55); Congleton (13th, 1:17.34); Hale (17th, 1:21.25); and Tipton (23rd, 1:32.29). Woodford had only one swimmer in the 500-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood, and she won the race with a time of 5:33.95. In the second relay of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle, the team of Craig, Jobe, Laura Crutchfield and Madeline Gatewood won the race with a time of 1:55.18. Also, swimming in the race were the team of Emma Oberlander, Erin Oberlander, Bradshaw and Crain, who finished second with a time of 2:06.91; and the team of Gabrielle Plata-Madrid, Mackenzie Plata-Madrid, Nicholson and Eller finished fifth in 2:17.72. The next race was the 100-yard backstroke, and Laura Crutchfield scored the win with a time of 1:04.65. Also, Eller finished third in 1:17.90, Nuckols finished fourth in 1:20.26 and Mackenzie Plata-Madrid was fifth in 1:22.66. Two other swimmers, Nicholson and Jobe, finished sixth and seventh respectively. Nicholson finished in 1:23.00 and Jobe finished in 1:24.10. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Crain and Mary Crutchfield finished 1-2 in the race. Crain won the race with a time of 1:20.98, while Crutchfield swam it in 1:21.01. In addition, Bradshaw was fifth in 1:34.36 and Caroline Miller was 10th in 1:54.70. Then, in the final relay of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle, the team of Katie Gatewood, Laura Crutchfield, Mary Crutchfield and Madeline Gatewood won the race with a time of 4:00.91. Boys’ swimming The boys’ team opened with the 200-yard medley relay and the team of Clay Lewis, Ian Combs, Grant Lewis and Tyson Robinson finished second with a time of 1:56.38. Next was the 200-yard freestyle, and Isaac Tonges won the race with a time of 2:10.35, while Preston Upthegrove finished second in 2:11.20. In the 200-yard individual medley, Lewis won the race with a time of 2:11.45. Then in the 50-yard freestyle, Grant Lewis and Tyson Robinson finished 1-2 in the race. Lewis won with a time of 25.35, while Robinson was second in 26.60. In addition, Luke Caldwell finished 12th in 32.18 and James Bonci was 17th with a time of 34.91. The next race, the 100-yard butterfly, saw Tonges get Woodford’s best finish. He was second with a time of 1:08.97. In the 100-yard freestyle, Lewis came home the winner with a time of 58.64. He was the only swimmer to finish with a time under a minute. In addition, Tyson Robinson finished third in 1:07.82, Caldwell finished ninth in 1:14.32 and Bonci finished 11th in 1:17.05. In the 500-yard freestyle, there was only one swimmer in the race, Upthegrove, who finished with a time of 6:09.05. In the second relay of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle, the team of Upthegrove, Bonci, Tonges and Robinson won the race with a time of 1:56.43. In the 100-yard backstroke, Lewis got the win for Woodford with a time of 1:00.57, while Ian Combs was third in 1:14.49. Combs was the top placer in the 100-yard breaststroke for Woodford. He finished second with a time of 1:19.56. Then in the final event of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Upthegrove, Tonges, Grant Lewis and Clay Lewis won the race with a time of 3:53.79. Next up, Woodford hosts Anderson County, East Jessamine and West Jessamine on Nov. 30 at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex. Start time is 6 p.m.

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