• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS swimming & diving finish third in five-team meet

In probably their toughest meet of the season, the Woodford County High School swimming and diving teams hosted four talented teams at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and finished in third place. Overall in the swimming competition, Woodford finished in third place with 613 points. Winning the overall meet was Dunbar with 980 points, with Boyle County second with 889 points. Rounding out the five-team meet was Danville in fourth with 524 points and Lincoln County fifth with 249 points. In the girls’ swimming competition, the finish was in the same order, but with different point totals. Woodford finished in third place with 342 points. Winning the girls’ competition was Dunbar with 543 points, with Boyle County second with 393 points. Danville finished fourth with 325 points and Lincoln County was fifth with 68 points. In the boys’ swimming competition, Woodford finished in third place with 271 points. However, Boyle County was the winner with 496 points, with Dunbar second with 437 points. Finishing fourth was Danville with 199 points and Lincoln County was fifth with 181 points. Individually, in the swimming competition, Woodford had only one win on the day when Laura Crutchfield won the 100-yard backstroke. In the diving competition, Woodford also scored a win when Katie Gatewood won the one-meter diving event. Here are the complete results. Girls’ Diving In the one-meter diving event, Woodford’s Katie Gatewood won the competition with 194.95 points. Boys’ Diving In the one-meter diving event, Wade Young finished second with 204.25 points, while his teammate William Slover finished fourth with 192.90 points. 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 with the 200-yard medley relay and the team of Mary Crutchfield, Caroline Crain, Katie Beth Craig and Emma Oberlander finished in fourth place with a time of 2:12.12. In addition, the team of Paden Nicholson, Anna Nuckols, Gabrielle Plata-Madrid and Natalie Eller finished eighth with a time of 2:27.68. In the next event, the 200-yard freestyle, Laura Crutchfield finished in third place with a time of 2:11.90. In addition, Erin Oberlander finished ninth in 2:33.82. Mary Crutchfield was the top Woodford performer in the next race, the 200-yard individual medley. She finished fourth with a time of 2:36.11. Also, Crain finished ninth in 2:47.66 and Mackenzie Plata-Madrid finished 10th in 2:59.67. In the 50-yard freestyle, Craig had Woodford’s top performance, as she finished in seventh place with a time of 28.66. In addition, Emma Oberlander finished ninth in 29.26, Eli Bradshaw finished 14th in 31.99 and Nicholson finished 15th in 32.08. Other Woodford swimmers in the event were Nuckols (finished 19th with a time of 32.47); Emma Goh (21st, 32.67); Hannah Warthman (25th, 33.90); Elizabeth Congleton (29th, 34.77); Victoria Hale (30th, 35.46); Sara Shrader (32nd, 36.77); Caroline Miller (33rd, 37.12); Lucy Childers (36th, 38.88); and Corey Tipton (37th, 38.91). Then in the 100-yard butterfly, Reagan Jobe and Gabrielle Plata-Madrid finished seventh and eighth respectively. Jobe finished with a time of 1:24.26, and Plata-Madrid finished in 1:32.52. Craig had Woodford’s top performance in the next race, the 100-yard freestyle. She finished seventh with a time of 1:02.71. In addition, Erin Oberlander finished ninth in 1:06.87, Goh finished 15th in 1:13.68, and Warthman finished 19th in 1:17.73. Other Woodford swimmers in the race were Hale (20th, 1:17.94); Miller (23rd, 1:23.21); Tipton (24th, 1:25.74); and Childers (25th, 1:26.23). In the second relay race of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle, the team of Jobe, Erin Oberlander, Laura Crutchfield and Craig finished fourth with a time of 2:00.34. Two other Woodford teams also swam in the race: Mackenzie Plata-Madrid, Nicholson, Bradshaw and Crain finished seventh in 2:11.92, and Miller, Warthman, Goh and Hale finished 10th in 2:21.60. Laura Crutchfield got Woodford’s only win of the day in swimming. She finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.68. In addition, Emma Oberlander finished ninth in 1:17.90, Nicholson finished 10th in 1:20.53 and Eller finished 11th in 1:020.80. Other Woodford swimmers in the race were Mackenzie Plata-Madrid (14th, 1:25.42); Jobe (16th, 1:29.01); and Elizabeth Congleton (17th, 1:29.49). Then in the 100-yard breaststroke, Mary Crutchfield had Woodford’s top performance a she finished fifth with a time of 1:24.22. Two other swimmers were right behind her, as Crain finished sixth in 1:25.22 and Nuckols finished seventh in 1:26.15. Also, Bradshaw finished 12th in 1:32.68. Then in the final race of the meet for the girls, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Emma Oberlander, Erin Oberlander, Mary Crutchfield and Laura Crutchfield finished in fourth place with a time of 4:24.11. Boys’ Swimming The boys’ team opened with the 200-yard medley relay and the team of William Fisher, Cole Janzow, Grant Lewis and Tyson Robinson finished in fifth place with a time of 2:00.63. Next up was the 200-yard freestyle and Isaac Tonges had Woodford’s top performance. He finished fifth with a time of 2:09.84. Janzow and Preston Upthegrove were Woodford’s top performers in the 200-yard individual medley. Janzow finished fourth in 2:19.49 and Upthegrove finished fifth in 2:32.18. In the 50-yard freestyle, Lewis had Woodford’s top performance as he finished in seventh place with a time of 25.17. In addition, Robinson finished 11th in 25.99, Luke Caldwell finished 20th in 31.50, and James Bonci finished 22nd in 32.60. Then in the 100-yard freestyle, Lewis and Robinson finished seventh and eighth, respectively, for Woodford’s top performances in the race. Lewis finished with a time of 58.70 and Robinson finished in 1:00.26. Also, William Fisher finished 13th in 1:10.49 and Caldwell finished 16th in 1:12.90. In the 500-yard freestyle, Upthegrove was Woodford’s only swimmer and he finished fourth with a time of 6:03.43. In the second relay of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Bonci, Upthegrove, Tonges and Robinson finished sixth with a time of 1:56.85. Then in the 100-yard backstroke, Tonges finished in third place for Woodford’s top performance, He finished in 1:02.51. In addition, Fisher finished 10th in 1:22.45. Janzow was Woodford’s top performer in the next race, the 100-yard breaststroke. He finished fifth with a time of 1:10.05. Then in the final race of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Upthegrove, Lewis, Tonges and Janzow finished second with a time of 3:57.57. Next up, Woodford hosts Scott County on senior night, Wednesday, Jan. 25, at approximately 6 p.m. at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex.

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