• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS swim team cruises to victory in 4-team meet

The Woodford County High School swimming team started off the new year by cruising to win over three other teams at a home meet at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Winning 16 of 22 events, including all six relay events, Woodford finished first in the overall competition with 885 points, while West Jessamine was second with 618 points, Anderson County was third with 378 points and East Jessamine was fourth with 89 points. In the girls’ competition, Woodford finished first with 542 points. In second was West Jessamine with 361 points, while Anderson County was third with 168 points and East Jessamine was fourth with 47 points. In the boys’ competition, Woodford finished first with 343 points. In second was West Jessamine with 257 points, while Anderson County was third with 210 points an East Jessamine was fourth with 42 points. In individual competition, the girls’ team won nine of 11 events and the boys won seven of 11 events. Here’s are the results. 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’ Team The first event for the girls’ team, the 200-yard medley relay, Woodford had two top finishes. Winning the race, and counting in the final points tally, was the team of Natalie Eller, Eli Bradshaw, Gabrielle Plata-Madrid and Erin Oberlander, who finished with a time of 2:06.90 In second place was the team of Laura Crutchfield, Caroline Crain, Katie Gatewood and Katie Beth Craig with a time of 2:31.85. The next event was the 200-yard freestyle, and Madeline Gatewood and Laura Crutchfield finished first and second in the race. Gatewood finished with a time of 2:05.99, while Crutchfield finished in 2:13.66. In addition, Oberlander was fourth in 2:31.46 and Gabrielle Plata-Madrid was seventh in 2:52.16. Woodford went 1-2 again in the 200-yard individual medley, as Mary Crutchfield won the race with a time of 2:34.20 and Crain was second in 2:44.02. Next up was the 50-yard freestyle and Craig had Woodford’s top performance, as she finished second with a time of 28.75. In addition, Oberlander was fourth in 30.46, Olivia Damm was fifth in 31.45 and Regan Jobe was seventh in 32.57. Other Woodford swimmers in the race were Eli Bradshaw (eighth place with a time of 33.03); Emma Goh (9th, 33.05); Victoria Hale (11th, 34.47); Hannah Warthman (12th, 34.89); Elizabeth Congleton (13th, 35.51); Lucy Childers (17th, 37.67); Caroline Miller (19th, 38.34); and Corey Tipton (22nd, 39.19). In the 100-yard butterfly, Katie Gatewood got the win with a time of 1:05.97 and Gabrielle Plata-Madrid was third in 1:33.67. In the 100-yard freestyle, Woodford swept the top three spots. Craig won the race with a time of 1:03.66, while Oberlander was second in 1:07.85 and Eller was third in 1:10.05. Also, Damm was fifth in 1:12.47. Other Woodford swimmers in the race were Goh (6th, 1:13.12); Warthman (10th, 1:17.57); Hale (11th, 1:17.62); Miller (15th, 1:27.03); Childers (16th, 1:27.74); and Tipton (18th, 1:30.34). Then in the longest race of the meet, the 500-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood was the only swimmer in the race. She finished with a time of 5:45.47. In the second relay of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle, the team of Oberlander, Craig, Mary Crutchfield and Madeline Gatewood won with a time of 1:54.71. Woodford also had two other teams in the race. The team of Jobe, Crain, Damm and Bradshaw finished third in 2:10.65 and the team of Hale, Warthman, Goh and Miller finished fourth in 2:19.70. Laura Crutchfield won the next race in the meet, the 100-yard backstroke. She finished with a time of 1:05.14. In addition, Eller finished fourth in 1:19.57, Oberlander finished fifth in 1:22.38 and Mackenzie Plata-Madrid finished sixth in 1:24.00. Also swimming in the race for Woodford were Jobe (7th, 1:26.39) and Elizabeth Congleton (8th, 1:29.11. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Mary Crutchfield had Woodford’s top finish when she took second with a time of 1:21.79. Right behind her in third place was Crain with a time of 1:22.40, while Bradshaw was fifth in 1:35.25. In the final race for the girls, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the sister duos of Katie Gatewood, Laura Crutchfield, Mary Crutchfield and Madeline Gatewood won the race by a big margin over West Jessamine. Woodford finished with a time of 4:11.35, while West Jessamine finished in 5:54.94. Boys’ team The boys started the day with the 200-yard medley relay and the team of Isaac Tonges, Clay Lewis, Grant Lewis and Tyson Robinson finished first with a time of 1:56.52. In the 200-yard freestyle, Tonges finished second with a time of 2:14.40, and then in the 200-yard individual medley, Lewis finished first with a time of 2:12.99 and Preston Upthegrove finished second in 2:21.23. Next up was the 50-yard freestyle and Lewis was Woodford’s top performer, as he finished third with a time of 25.17. Finishing right behind him in fourth place was Robinson in 26.26. In addition, Luke Caldwell finished eighth in 31.27 and James Bonci was ninth in 32.72. In the 100-yard freestyle, Woodford had a 1-2 finish with Lewis winning with a time of 1:00.91 and Robinson second in 1:03.05. In addition, Bonci was sixth in 1:13.98 and Caldwell was eighth in 1:16.53. In the next race, the 500-yard freestyle, Woodford had the only two swimmers in the race. Getting the win was Upthegrove with a time of 5:5.38, while Tonges was second with a time of 6:17.13. In the second relay-race for the boys, the team of Lewis, Upthegrove, Bonci and Robinson won the race with a time of 1:53.34. Lewis won the next race for Woodford, the 100-yard backstroke. He finished with a time of 1:01.02. In the final race of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Bonci, Tonges, Upthegrove and Lewis won the race with a time of 4:16.23. Next up, Woodford hosts East and West Jessamine at home at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at approximately 6 p.m.

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