• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Varsity Swim wins first meet of the season


CLAY LEWIS competes in the 200 meter individual medley in Woodford County High School's swim meet on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Falling Springs. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School swim team opened their season with a decisive team win on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Falling Springs. The Jackets competed with Franklin County, Western Hills, Anderson County and Frankfort High School in the meet.

Early on in the meet, Woodford swept the the top three spots in the women's 200 yard freestyle. Madeline Gatewood won first place (2:06.19). Laura Crutchfield was second (2:10.69) and Kyleigh Davis rounded out the top three (2:28.11).

“We are all just trying to win every heat so the team gets the win in the end,” said Gatewood. “I really love the team aspect of the swimming events. We really enjoy being with one another and I get to compete with my friends and that's fun.”

Preston Upthegrove finished second in the men's 200 yard freestyle (2:18.67). Caroline Crain finished second in the women's 200 yard individual medley (2:51.59) and Clay Lewis came in second in the men's 200 yard individual medley (2:08.90). Xavier Moore finished third in the event (2:14.40).

“I thought it went well but I know I can be better,” said Upthegrove. “It's my first of the year in the 200 and 500 so I know I've got some things to work on. We work so hard as a team and we all have big goals in mind so when we get in the pool we try to make that reality. I want to make it to state and even bigger would love to land a scholarship to swim in college.”

Riley Gardner placed first in the men's 50 yard freestyle (25.29). Katie Gatewood was fantastic in the 100 yard fly winning by nearly nine seconds (1:04.59). The Lady Jackets swept the top three in the women's 100 yard freestyle. Erin Oberlander finished first (1:06.92), Isabel Taylor was second (1:07.63) and Natalie Eller rounded out the top three (1:07.91).

“I had a lot of fun out there,” said Erin Oberlander. “We spend so much time swimming and team bonding so when someone is in a race, we cheer hard for them and want them to do well. I really enjoy these meets.”

Riley Gardner finished second in the men's 100 yard freestyle (53.15). Madeline Gatewood and Kyleigh Davis finished first and second in the women's 500 yard freestyle while Upthegrove won the event on the men's side.

Crutchfield was incredible in the women's 100 yard backstroke winning by more than eight seconds (1:05.38). On the men's side, the Jackets swept the top four positions in the 100 yard backstroke. Xavier Moore finished first (1:00.32), Lewis was second (1:00.38), Isaac Tonges was third (1:03.36) and Luke Gardner was fourth (1:04.52).

“I swim year round so this is nothing new to me,” said Lewis. “I always want to be better and I push myself very hard to continue my progression. Competing in events like this is all about the right mindset. If you can come in here with your mind right then you can get the times you want.”

Katie Gatewood won the women's 100-yard breaststroke (1:18.15) and Crain finished third (1:23.53). Cole Janzow won the men's 100 yard breaststroke (1:07.18) and Nate Janzow finished second (1:16.27).

The Jackets were dominant in the relays as well winning every relay race in the event.

“This is a fun group to coach,” said Coach Blair Hicks. “ We have a group that can be great if they want to be. We have some swimmers who travel state to state to compete when it's off-season for high school and others who play other sports and show up here ready to compete when it's our season. We have a few kids on this team that will be coming close to school records this season and it may happen.”

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