• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Woodford swimming and diving teams sweep meet


SUPER-SISTERS RELAY TEAM. Two pairs of sisters have dominated the girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay this season for the Woodford County High School women’s swim team. To date, the sisters won seven out of eight races they have participated in together. The WCHS 400-yard freestyle relay team swimmers are, from left, Katie Gatewood, Mary Crutchfield, Laura Crutchfield, and Maddie Gatewood. (Photo by Steve Blake/multiexposures.com)

The Woodford County High School girls’ and boys’ swimming and diving teams swept the competition in a six-team meet held at home in the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex on Wednesday, Feb. 1. In the overall competition, Woodford won with 929 points. In second was George Rogers Clark with 461 points, followed by Lexington Catholic third with 241 points, Sayre fourth with 97 points, Lexington Christian fifth with 17 points and Bryan Station sixth with 15 points. In the girls’ competition, Woodford won eight of 11 events and scored 571 points to get the victory. In second was George Rogers Clark with 315 points, followed by Lexington Catholic third with 169 points, Sayre fourth with 77 points, and Bryan Station fifth with 15 points. In the boys’ competition, Woodford won six of 11 events and scored 358 points to get the victory. In second was George Rogers Clark with 146 points, followed by Lexington Catholic third with 72 points, Sayre fourth with 20 points and Lexington Christian fifth with 17 points. In the one-meter diving competition, the girls finished first and second, while the boys also finished first and second, though they were the only ones in the competition. Here are the full results of the meet. Girls’ Diving In the one-meter diving event there were four participants. Getting the win was Chelsea Call with 195.15 points, while Katie Gatewood finished second with 182.40 points. Boys’ Diving There were only two entrants in the boys’ one-meter diving competition; both from Woodford. William Slover won the event with 183.00 points and Wade Young was second with 145.75 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 with the 200-yard medley relay and the team of Laura Crutchfield, Caroline Crain, Katie Gatewood and Katie Beth Craig won the event with a time of 2:05.91. Also swimming in the race was the team of Natalie Eller, Eli Bradshaw, Gabrielle Plata-Madrid and Reagan Jobe. They finished third with a time of 2:33.00. In the next event, the 200-yard freestyle, Laura Crutchfield had Woodford’s top performance. She finished third with a time of 2:13.43. In addition, Erin Oberlander finished fifth with a time of 2:29.55. Next up was the 200-yard individual medley and Madeline Gatewood gave Woodford another win, finishing first with a time of 2:24.09. In addition, Mary Crutchfield finished third in 2:33.77, Crain finished fourth in 2:45.95, and Mackenzie Plata-Madrid was fifth in 3:03.01. Craig was the winner of the next race, the 50-yard freestyle. She finished first with a time of 28.04. In addition, Emma Oberlander was fifth in 30.22, Olivia Damm was sixth in 30.80 and Anna Nickols was seventh in 32.66. Other Woodford swimmers in the race were Bradshaw (8th with a time of 32.86); Emma Goh (9th, 33.05); Paden Nicholson (10th, 33.10); Victoria Hale (11th, 33.67); Jobe (12th, 33.77); Hannah Warthman (13th, 34.55); Caroline Miller (14th, 35.48); Lucy Childers (15th, 38.09); and Sara Shrader (16th 38.37). Madeline Gatewood had the top performance for Woodford in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing second with a time of 1:02.59. In addition, Jobe was fourth in 1:27.58, Gabrielle Plata-Madrid was fifth in 1:32.47 and Elizabeth Congleton was sixth in 1:33.77. Craig picked up her second individual win of the day in the 100-yard freestyle. She finished first with a tie of 1:01.17. In addition, Eller was fifth in 1:09.07, Erin Oberlander as sixth in 1:10.83 and Damm was eighth in 1:11.24. Other Woodford swimmers in the race were Goh (9th, 1:13.61); Hale (19th, 1:15.89); Warthman (11th, 1:20.63); Miller (12th, 1:22.59); and Childers (14th, 1:27.54). Katie Gatewood got Woodford’s next individual win, finishing first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:51.06. In the second relay race of the girls’ meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Emma Oberlander, Mary Crutchfield, Craig and Madeline Gatewood won the race with a time of 1:57.36. Also swimming in the race were the team of Erin Oberlander, Bradshaw, Damm and Hale, who finished second in 2:12.59, and the team of Nuckols, Nicholson, Mackenzie Plata-Madrid and Gabrielle Plata-Madrid, who finished third in 2:22.90. In the 100-yard backstroke, Laura Crutchfield gave Woodford another win, finishing first with a time of 1:04.79. In addition, Emma Oberlander was third in 1:20.49, Eller was fourth in 1:20.96 and Nuckols was fifth in 1:21.32. Other Woodford swimmers in the race were Nicholson (6th, 1:21.52); Mackenzie Plata-Madrid (7th, 1:22.68); and Gabrielle Plata-Madrid (9th, 1:29.88). In the 100-yard breaststroke, Crain had the top finish for the Jacketfish. She was second with a time of 1:21.59. In addition, Mary Crutchfield was fourth in 1:22.87, Bradshaw was fifth in 1:36.08 and Elizabeth Congleton was seventh in 1:41.01. In the final relay of the day for the girls, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the “super-sisters-duos” of Katie Gatewood, Mary Crutchfield, Laura Crutchfield and Madeline Gatewood won the race with a time of 4:06.46. To date, they have won seven out of the eight races they have participated in this season. In the other one, they finished second. Boys’ Swimming The boys’ team opened its meet with the 200-medley relay and the team of Isaac Tonges, Cole Janzow, William Fisher and Tyson Robinson won the event with a time of 2:00.64. In the 200-yard freestyle, Preston Upthegrove had the top performance for the Jacketfish, finishing second with a time of 2:12.34. There were only two swimmers in the next event, the 200-yard individual medley, and both were from Woodford. Janzow won the race with a time of 2:18.59, while Tonges finished second in 2:20.53. The next race was the 50-yard freestyle and Robinson had Woodford’s top performance as he finished second with a time of 26.56. In addition, Fisher finished fourth in 29.21 and James Bonci finished sixth in 31.83. There were only two swimmers in the next race, the 100-yard butterfly and, for Woodford, Tonges finished second with a time of 1:10.06. In the 100-yard freestyle, Robinson had the best finish, taking third with a time of 1:02.89. In addition, Fisher was fourth in 1:08.75 and Bonci was fifth in 1:12.18. Upthegrove swam unopposed in the 500-yard freestyle. He finished with a time of 5:59.47. In the second relay race of the day for the boys, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Bonci, Janzow, Upthegrove an Robinson won the race with a time of 1:51.93. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Janzow gave Woodford another win, finishing first with a time of 1:08.23. In the final race of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Upthegrove, Tonges, Bonci and Fisher swam unopposed. They finished with a time of 4:26.83. Next up, Woodford hosts the region tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4; 9 a.m. both days.

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