• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS girls’ swimming defeats Lexington Catholic

In a two-team meet on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at home in the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex, the Woodford County High School girls’ swimming and diving teams defeated Lexington Catholic 512 points to 475 points. Overall, Lexington Catholic won the meet, 920 points to 879 points. The boys’ team also finished second, 445 points to 367 points. Individually, the girls’ team won four events. Laura Crutchfield won the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke, Madeline Gatewood won the 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard relay team won, though uncontested. The boys’ team had two winners. William Slover won the one-meter diving event, and the 400-yard relay team won, though uncontested. Here are the results. Girls’ Diving Katie Gatewood was the only Woodford athlete in this week’s competition. She finished in third place in the one meter- diving event with 190.10 points. Boys’ Diving Woodford finished 1-2 in the one-meter diving event. Slover finished first in the one-meter diving event with 189.15 points and Wade Young finished second with 179.75 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 the meet with the 200-yard medley relay, and the team of Laura Crutchfield, Caroline Crain, Katie Gatewood and Emma Oberlander finished in second place with a time of 2:04.81. Also swimming the race was the team of Natalie Eller, Eli Bradshaw, Gabrielle Plata-Madrid and Reagan Jobe. They finished third with a time of 2:32.75. In the next event, the 200-yard freestyle, Emma Oberlander finished second with a time of 2:31.98, and Gabrielle Plata Madrid finished third in 2:51.47. Madeline Gatewood scored the first win of the day for Woodford when she finished first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:18.20. Also, Mary Crutchfield finished third in 2:33.39, Crain was fifth in 2:42.43, and Mackenzie Plata-Madrid was sixth in 3:03.07. In the 50-yard freestyle, Emma Oberlander had Woodford’s top performance. She finished third with a time of 29.71. In addition, Olivia Dam was sixth in 31.65, Jobe was seventh in 31.75 and Paden Nicholson was eighth in 31.81. Other Woodford swimmers in the race were Eli Bradshaw (finished 10th in 32.07); Anna Nuckols (11th, 32.39); Emma Goh (12th, 33.29); Hale (14th, 33.85); Hannah Warthman (15th, 34.64); Elizabeth Congleton (16th, 34.78); Caroline Miller (17th, 36.24); Sara Shrader (18th, 38.23); Lucy Childers (19th, 38.79); and Corey Tipton (20th, 39.06). Next up was the 100-yard butterfly and Madeline Gatewood, Jobe and Gabrielle Plata-Madrid finished 3-4-5. Gatewood finished the race with a time of 1:03.49, Jobe finished in 1:26.69 and Plata-Madrid finished in 1:34.90. Then in the 100-yard freestyle, Laura Crutchfield scored Woodford’s second win of the day, as she was first with a time of 1:00.68. In addition, Eller was fourth in 1:08.50, Dam was fifth in 1:09.38 and Erin Oberlander was sixth in 1:10.02. Also swimming in the race for Woodford were Goh (10th, 1:15.98); Hale (11th, 1:17.55); Warthman (12th, 1:18.00); Miller (13th, 1:20.36); Tipton (15th, 1:25.40); Childers (16th, 1:28.43); and Shrader (17th, 1:31.17). In the 500-yard freestyle, Katie Gatewood was Woodford’s only swimmer in the race and she finished second with a time of 5:53.44. In the second relay race of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Jobe, Emma Oberlander, Mary Crutchfield and Madeline Gatewood finished second with a time of 1:59.96. Also swimming in the race was the team of Nuckols, Mackenzie Plata-Madrid, Eller and Nicholson. They finished fourth in 2:18.29. Laura Crutchfield scored another win for Woodford, this time in the 100-yard backstroke. She finished first with a time of 1:05.37. Also, Emma Oberlander finished fourth in 1:19.18, Nicholson was fifth in 1:20.73 and Mackenzie Plata-Madrid was sixth in 1:22.22. Other swimmers in the race for Woodford were Eller (7th, 1:22.34); and Elizabeth Congleton (8th, 1:28.18). In the 100-yard breaststroke, Woodford swimmers finished fourth through seventh. Crain was fourth with a time of 1:21.34, while Mary Crutchfield was fifth in 1:22.83, Nuckols was sixth in 1:26.37 and Eli Bradshaw was seventh in 1:33.03. Then in the girls’ final race of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Laura Crutchfield, Katie Gatewood, Mary Crutchfield and Madeline Gatewood swam uncontested and finished with a time of 4:12.81. Boys’ Swimming In the boys’ team opened its meet with the 200-yard individual medley relay and the team of Clay Lewis, Cole Janzow, Preston Upthegrove and Tyson Robinson finished in third place with a time of 1:52.95. Next up, the 200-yard freestyle and Lewis had Woodford’s best performance. He finished second with a time of 1:55.90. In the 200-yard medley, Isaac Tonges had to top finish for Woodford, finishing second with a time of 2:24.17, while his teammate, William Fisher, was third in 2:51.35. Then in the 50-yard freestyle, Janzow finished fifth with a time of 24.97 for Woodford’s top performance. Also, Robinson was eighth in 26.16, UptheGrove was ninth in 27.64 and James Bonci was 14th in 32.75. Luke Caldwell also swam in the race and finished 15th in 33.14. n the 100-yard freestyle, Robinson had Woodford’s best performance. He finished fourth with a time of 1:02.76. Also, Bonci was seventh in 1:14.81 and Caldwell was ninth in 1:18.69. The next race, the 500-yard freestyle, had only two swimmers, and both were from Woodford. Finishing first was Lewis with a time of 5:17.88, while Upthegrove finished second in 5:55.13. In the second relay race, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Robinson, Tonges, Janzow and Lewis finished third with a time of 1:42.90. In the 100-yard backstroke, Tonges had the top swim for Woodford. He finished third with a time of 1:03.93. Also, Janzow as fourth in 1:07.57 and Fisher was fifth in 1:20.06. Then in the final race of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Caldwell, Upthegrove, Bonci and Tonges swam uncontested and finished with a time of 4:38.43. Next up, the WCHS swim teams host Sayre, Clark County and Frankfort on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Start time is approximately 6 p.m.

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