• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS girls’ swimming gets senior night win


SENIOR CELEBRATION. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, the Woodford County High School swimming and diving teams honored their seniors after the meet against Scott County. Standing with head coach Blair Hicks, back row, far right, the seniors honored were, front row, from left, Sara Beth Shrader, Gabrielle Plata-Madrid, Reagan Jobe, Katie Beth Craig and Corey Tipton; back row, Mary Crutchfield, Eli Bradshaw, Tyson Robinson, and Grant Lewis. (Photo by Steve Blake/multiexposures.com)

The Woodford County High School swimming and diving teams hosted Scott County on senior night on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex, and the girls’ team celebrated the night with a win. The girls won 551 points to 493 points. In the combined competition, Scott County won 1,051 points to 903 points. The Cardinals also won the boys’ competition 558 points to 351 points. Individually, the girls’ swim team won five events, including one relay. The winners were Madeline Gatewood in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle, Laura Crutchfield in the 100-yard backstroke, Caroline Crain in the 100-yard breaststroke, and the team of Katie Gatewood, Laura Crutchfield, Mary Crutchfield and Madeline Gatewood, won the 400-yard freestyle relay. After the meet, Woodford honored its seniors – Eli Bradshaw, Katie Beth Craig, Mary Crutchfield, Reagan Jobe, Grant Lewis, Gabrielle Plata-Madrid, Tyson Robinson, Sara Beth Shrader and Corey Tipton. Here are the results of the meet. Girls’ Diving Scott County had no divers in the girls’ one-meter competition, but Woodford had two participants. Katie Gatewood won the event with 186.45 points, and Chelsea Call finished second with 183.60 points. Boys’ Diving Wade Young won the one-meter diving event with 195.15 points over five other divers, and William Slover finished second with 191.90 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 the night with the 200-yard medley relay and the team of Laura Crutchfield, Mary Crutchfield, Katie Beth Craig and Emma Oberlander finished in second place with a time of 2:07.93. In the next event, the 200-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood swam home the winner with a time of 2:04.86. In addition, Laura Crutchfield finished second in 2:11.41, Erin Oberlander was fifth in 2:38.27 and Gabrielle Plata-Madrid was sixth in 2:51.99. In the 200-yard individual medley, Mary Crutchfield finished third with a time of 2:33.81, while Crain finished fourth in 2:44.96 and Mackenzie Plata Madrid finished sixth in 3:01.71. Next up was the 50-yard freestyle and Craig had Woodford’s top swim, as she finished in second place out of 23 swimmers with a time of 28.21. Emma Oberlander took third in 29.80. In addition, Olivia Damm was fifth in 31.13 and Paden Nicholson was seventh in 31.69. Also swimming in the race for Woodford were Eli Bradshaw (8th place with a time of 32.42); Reagan Jobe (9th, 32.50); Anna Nuckols (10th, 32.81); Emma Goh (11th, 33.03); Vitoria Hale (12th, 33.55); Hanna Warthman (13th, 34.73); Caroline Miller (14th, 35.85); Sara Shrader (12th, 36.05); Lucy Childers (17th, 36.09); and Corey Tipton (19th, 37.04). In the 100-yard butterfly, Katie Gatewood finished second with a time of 1:05.19, while Jobe finished fourth in 1:25.16 and Gabrielle Plata-Madrid was fifth in 1:33.01. Then in the 100-yard freestyle, Craig had the team’s top finish as she was second out of 20 swimmers with a time of 1:02.65. Just a few seconds behind her was Natalie Eller in third with a time of 1:07.37, Erin Oberlander fourth in 1:07.39 and Damm fifth in 1:08.04. Also swimming in the race for Woodford were Goh (9th, 1:14.01); Hale (10th, 1:15.19); Warthman (12th, 1:19.45); Tipton (15th, 1:22.68); Miller (16th, 1:22.87); and Childers (1:25.13). In the longest race of the day, the 500-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood was the winner with a time of 5:43.82. In the second relay of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Emma Oberlander, Craig, Katie Gatewood and Madeline Gatewood finished in second place with a time of 1:56.05. In addition, the team of Eli Bradshaw, Gabrielle Plata-Madrid, Erin Oberlander and Jobe were fourth in 2:12.99. Laura Crutchfield picked up another win for Woodford, this time in the 100-yard backstroke. She finished the race with a time of 1:04.86. In addition, Eller was fourth in 1:18.86, Nicholson was fifth in 1:20.56 and Emma Oberlander was sixth in 1:20.59. Also swimming in the race for Woodford were Nuckols (7th, 1:21.79); and Mackenzie Plata-Madid (8th, 1:21.93). Then in the 100-yard breaststroke, Woodford finished 1-2, as Crain won the race with a time of 1:19.90 and Mary Crutchfield finished second with a time of 1:21.39. In addition, Bradshaw finished in sixth place with a time of 1:31.37. In the final race for the girls, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the sisters’ teams of Katie Gatewood, Laura Crutchfield, Mary Crutchfield and Madeline Gatewood won the race with a time of 4:01.72. Boys’ Swimming The boys’ team opened their competition with the 200-yard individual medley relay and the team of Clay Lewis, Cole Janzow, Preston Upthegrove and Tyson Robinson finished in second place with a time of 1:53.73. In the next event, the 200-yard freestyle, Isaac Tonges had Woodford’s top performance. He finished third with a time of 2:08.55. Also, Upthegrove was fourth in 2:11.05 and William Fisher was fifth in 2:30.68. Then in the boys’ 200-yard individual medley, Lewis was Woodford’s only swimmer and he finished second with a time of 2:08.02. Next up was the 50-yard freestyle, and Robinson had Woodford’s best effort, as he finished third with a time of 26.96. In addition, James Bonci finished seventh in the event in 31.93. Lewis was Woodford’s only swimmer in the 100-yard butterfly and he finished in second place with a time of 1:02.77. In the 100-yard freestyle, Janzow was Woodford’s top finisher. He was third with a time of 56.31. Also, Robinson was fifth in 1:06.57, Fisher was sixth in 1:09.92 and Bonci was seventh in 1:13.37. In the longest race of the day, the 500-yard freestyle, Upthegrove was the only swimmer for Woodford and he finished in third place with a time of 5:59.50. In the team’s second relay race of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Robinson, Tonges, Lewis and Janzow finished second with a time of 1:42.70. Then in the 100-yard backstroke, Tonges, the only Woodford swimmer in the race, finished in third place with a time of 1:02.38. Cole was Woodford’s only swimmer in the 100-yard breaststroke and he finished in second place with a time of 1:08.85). In the final race of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Upthegrove, Fisher, Bonci and Tonges finished second with a time of 4:24.23. Next up, Woodford hosts the Region 6 meet on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11. Start time is 9 a.m. both days.

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