• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS girls’ swim team 3rd at region; boys’ 4th

Chelsea Call, Katie Gatewood 1-2 in girls’ diving; William Slover, Wade Young 3-4

STATE-MEET BOUND. All four Woodford County High School divers had top finishes in the 2017 Region 6 swimming and diving championships at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11. In the girls’ one-meter competition, Chelsea Call won the event and Katie Gatewood finished second. In the boys’ one-meter competition, William Slover finished third and Wade Young finished fourth. All four divers qualified for the KHSAA State Championships, which will be held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23 to 25, at the University of Louisville. Shown in the photo, from left, are Gatewood, Young, Call, Slover and Patty Burchett (head coach). (Photo submitted)

Woodford County High School hosted the 2017 Region 6 swimming and diving championships at the Falling Springs swimming and diving complex on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11, and finished with strong results and with a number of athletes qualifying for the state championships. The highlight of the day came in the girls’ one-meter diving event, as Chelsea Call and Katie Gatewood finished 1-2 in the competition and qualified for state. In the boys’ one-meter diving event, William Slover and Wade Young finished 3-4 in the competition and qualified for state. In the combined swimming competition, Woodford finished in fourth place out of 16 teams with 424.5 points. North Oldham won the combined competition with 903 points, with Boyle County second with 652.5 points, South Oldham third with 518 points and Danville fifth with 339 points. In the girls’ swimming competition, Woodford finished third out of 15 teams with 233 points. North Oldham won the girls’ competition with 569 points, while South Oldham finished second with 297 pints, Danville was fourth with 206 points and Boyle County was fifth with 143 points. In the boys’ swimming competition, Woodford finished fourth out of 15 teams with 191.5 points. Boyle County won the boys’ competition with 459.5 points, with North Oldham second with 334 points, South Oldham third with 221 points and Collins fifth with 165 points. Individually, Maddie Gatewood qualified for the state championships in two events, the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle, while Clay Lewis qualified for the 200-yard individual medley. Also, all three Woodford relay teams qualified for the state championships. The team of Laura Crutchfield, Caroline Crain, Katie Gatewood and Katie Beth Craig qualified in the 200-yard medley relay; the team of Emma Oberlander, Mary Crutchfield, Craig and Madeline Gatewood qualified in the 200-yard freestyle relay; and the team of Laura Crutchfield, Mary Crutchfield, Katie Gatewood and Madeline Gatewood qualified in the 400-yard freestyle. The state championships will be held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23 to 25, at the University of Louisville. Here are Woodford’s results at the Region 6 swimming and diving championships. Girls’ Diving In the girls’ one-meter diving competition, four divers competed and Woodford’s Chelsea Call won with 418.75 points, which set a new Region 6 meet record. (The previous record was 407.25 points set by WCHS’s Jacquiline Kowalke in 2016) Finishing in second place was Katie Gatewood 398.40 points. Both girls qualified for state. Boys’ Diving In the boys’ one-meter diving competition, 10 divers competed and Woodford’s William Slover finished in third place with 374.25 points. Finishing in fourth place was Wade Young with 357.50 points. Both boys qualified for state. Girls’ Swimming The girls’ swimming team opened the day with the 200-yard medley relay and the team of Laura Crutchfield, Caroline Crain, Katie Gatewood and Katie Beth Craig finished in sixth place with a time of 1:58.82 and qualified for state. In the girls’ 200-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood finished in fourth with a time of 1:59.65 and qualified for state. In addition, Erin Oberlander swam in the consolation final and finished in 15th place with a time of 2:24.92. In the 200-yard individual medley, Katie Gatewood finished in fifth place with a time of 2:18.44. In addition, Mary Crutchfield finished in 10th place in the consolation final in 2:29.72 In the 50-yard freestyle, Craig finished 10th in the consolation final with a time of 27.16. In the 100-yard freestyle, and Craig finished ninth in the consolation final with a time of 58.71. Madeline Gatewood was the top Woodford performer in the 500-yard freestyle. She finished in third place with a time of 5:22.40 and qualified for state.. In the second relay race of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Emma Oberlander, Mary Crutchfield, Craig and Madeline Gatewood finished in fourth place with a time of 1:49.85 and qualified for state. In the 100-yard back stroke, Laura Crutchfield finished in fourth place with a time of 1:01.83. Crain was Woodford’s top placer in the 100-yard breaststroke. She finished in 10th place in the consolation final with a time of 1:17.22. In addition, Mary Crutchfield was 13th in 1:20.54. In the final relay of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Laura Crutchfield, Mary Crutchfield, Katie Gatewood and Madeline Gatewood continued their string of strong performance with a third-place finish in the race with a time of 3:52.65. With that finish, the team qualified for state. Boys’ Swimming The boys’ swimming team opened its region meet with the 200-yard individual medley and the team of Isaac Tonges, Cole Janzow, Clay Lewis and Tyson Robinson finished in sixth place with a time of 1:52.53. In the 200-yard freestyle, Isaac Tonges finished in 12th place in the consolation final with a time of 2:08.62. Preston Upthegrove finished 14th in 2:11.13. In the 200-yard individual medley, Lewis finished in fourth place with a time of 2:10.91 and qualified for state. William Fisher finished 12th in the consolation final in 2:43.31. In the 50-yard freestyle, Tyson Robinson finished 13th in the consolation final with a time of 25.82. In the 100-yard freestyle, Lewis finished seventh with a time of 53.61. Cole Janzow finished 12th in the consolation final in 56.20. Upthegrove was Woodford’s top performer in the 500-yard freestyle. He finished 11th in the consolation final with a time of 5:59.91. In the second relay race of the meet, the team of Upthegrove, Tonges, Janzow and Lewis finished in fifth place with a time of 1:42.47. Then in the 100-yard backstroke, Tonges tied for fourth place with a time of 1:00.60. Fisher finished 15th in the consolation final in 1:15.99. Janzow was Woodford’s top place in the 100-yard breaststroke. He finished sixth with a time of 1:07.91. In the final relay of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Fisher, James Bonci, Upthegrove and Robinson finished eighth with a time of 4:15.85. The KHSAA Swimming and Diving State Championships will be held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23 to 25, at the Ralph Wright Natatorium at the University of Louisville.

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