• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS girls’ swim team wins WCI; boys finish 8th

The Woodford County High School girls’ swimming team continued its successful season with an exciting win over 20 teams in the annual Woodford County Invitational swimming meet, which took place on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex. In the girls’ competition, Woodford won the swimming competition in exciting fashion by just three points over Elizabethtown, 278 points to 275 points. Then, just one point behind E’Town was Ryle High and Gray Middle Swim Team in third place with 274 points. Rounding out the top five, Henry Clay was fourth with 226.5 points and Danville High was fifth with 195 points. In the boys’ competition, the team finished in eighth place out of 19 teams with 94 points. The Trinity Shamrocks won the boys’ event with 353 points. In second place was Scott County with 285.5 points, followed by Elizabethtown in third with 272 points, Boyle County in fourth with 236 points and Henry Clay in fifth with 203.5 points. In the overall combined team competition, Woodford finished in fifth place out of 23 teams. Elizabethtown won the overall competition with 547 points, Henry Clay was second with 430 points, Scott County was third with 392 points, Boyle County was fourth with 375 points and Woodford was fifth with 372 points. Individually, Laura Crutchfield had Woodford’s only win in the meet when she finished first in the 100-yard backstroke. Following are the complete results for the Woodford girls’ and boys swim teams in the WCI. 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 Laura Crutchfield, Caroline Crain, Katie Gatewood and Katie Beth Craig finished in second place with a time 2:02.37. Also, the team of Natalie Eller, Eli Bradshaw, Gabrielle Plata-Madrid and Erin Oberlander finished 14th in 2:27.03. In the next event, the 200-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood and Laura Crutchfield finished in second and third, respectively. Gatewood finished with a time of 2:04.56 and Crutchfield finished in 2:10.93. In addition, Mackenzie Plata-Madrid finished 22nd in 2:44.00 and Paden Nicholson finished 24th in 2:44.43. In the 200-yard individual medley, Katie Gatewood had Woodford’s top performance. She finished second with a time of 2:23.01. In addition, Mary Crutchfield finished 10th in 2:35.71 and Crain finished 12th in 2:39.43. Then in the 50-yard freestyle, Woodford had two top 10 finishers out of 106 swimmers. Craig finished seventh with a time of 28.22 and Emma Oberlander finished 10th with a time of 28.70. Also, Erin Oberlander finished 15th in 29.42 and Natalie Eller finished 27th in 30.95. Other Woodford finishers in the race were Anna Nuckols (31st place with a time of 31.88); Bradshaw (35th, 32.38); Emma Goh (41st, 32.96); Hannah Warthman (53rd, 33.81); Victoria Hale (57th, 34.40); Elizabeth Congleton (65th, 35.14); Caroline Miller (68th, 35.50); Lucy Childers (86th, 38.79); and Corey Tipton (90th, 39.11). Next was the 100-yard butterfly and Katie Gatewood was the lone Woodford swimmer in the race and finished in third-place with a time of 1:04.77. In the 100-yard freestyle, Craig had the top swim for Woodford. She finished in fourth place out of 95 swimmers with a time of 1:02.18. Also, Emma Oberlander finished 10th in 1:05.37, Erin Oberlander finished 15th in 1:06.48 and Goh finished 34th in 1:14.59. Other Woodford finishers in the race were Warthman (40th, 1:15.05); Gabrielle Plata-Madrid (42nd, 1:16.51); Hale (54th, 1:19.44); Miller (63rd, 1:22.19); Childers (76th, 1:28.93); and Tipton (83rd, 1:31.98). Woodford had one swimmer in the 500-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood, who finished second out of 14 swimmers in 5:28.59. In the second relay of the day, the 200-yard freestyle, the team of Emma Oberlander, Craig, Mary Crutchfield and Laura Crutchfield finished in fourth place with a time of 1:54.48. Laura Crutchfield had the only win of the day for Woodford, and it came in the 100-yard backstroke, which she won with a time of 1:02.97. In addition, Eller finished 16th in 1:18.73, Nicholson finished 17th in 1:19.32 and Mackenzie Plata-Madrid finished 22nd in 1:22.21. Also swimming in the race was Elizabeth Congleton and she finished 40th in 1:30.28. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Crain and Mary Crutchfield both had top 10 finishes. Crain finished seventh with a time of 1:19.59 and Crutchfield finished 10th in 1:02.55. Also, Nuckols finished 17th in the race with a time of 1:25.17 and Bradshaw finished 32nd in 1:33.29. Then in the final race for the girls’ team, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of sisters, Katie Gatewood, Mary Crutchfield, Laura Crutchfield and Madeline Gatewood, finished in second place with a time of 4:00.12. Boys’ swimming In the boys’ first event of the meet, the 200-yard medley relay, the team of Isaac Tonges, Clay Lewis, Grant Lewis and Tyson Robinson finished in a tie for eighth with the team from Johnson Central. Both teams finished with a time of 1:55.86. Next up was the 200-yard freestyle and Preston Upthegrove and Tonges finished in 13th- and 14th-place, respectively. Upthegrove finished with a time of 2:10.96 and Tonges finished with a time of 2:11.37. In the 200-yard individual medley, Lewis was Woodford’s lone swimmer and he finished 15th with a time of 2:24.53. Then in the 50-yard freestyle, Lewis had the top swim for Woodford. He finished 19th out of 126 swimmers with a time of 25.31. Also, Tyson Robinson finished 23rd in 25.97 and James Bonci finished 94th in 32.15. Lewis had Woodford’s best swim in the 100-yard freestyle. He finished 19th out of 88 swimmers with a time of 58.39. In addition, Robinson finished 23rd in 59.13, Bonci finished 64th in 1:12.40 and Luke Caldwell finished 67th in 1:14.05. Woodford had one swimmer in the 500-yard freestyle, Upthegrove, and he finished 16th out of 20 swimmers with a time of 5:58.55. In the team’s second relay of the day, the 200-yard freestyle, the team of Lewis, Upthegrove, Bonci and Robinson finished 16th with a time of 1:49.89. In the 100-yard backstroke, Woodford had only two swimmers in the race and both finished in the top 10. Lewis finished fourth with a time of 1:00.84 and Tonges finished seventh in 1.02.92. Then in the final race of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Bonci, Tonges, Upthegrove and Lewis finished in seventh place with a time of 4:08.02. The swimming and diving teams are off Christmas weekend, and will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 4, when they host East Jessamine, West Jessamine and Anderson County. Start time is approximately 6 p.m.

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