• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

WCHS swim and dive teams beat Lexington Catholic


The Woodford County swim and dive teams combined to win a nail-biter of a dual meet against Lexington Catholic High School, 1,056 to 1,045 on Wednesday, Nov 29 at Falling Springs. The event featured nearly 30 athletes who competed in last year's state tournament.

In the dive meet, each diver made six dives at varying degrees of difficulty.

“I think it went really well tonight,” said Coach Patty Burchett. “Inward was our required dive for the night and that can be tough for some kids. I like that they all threw caution to the wind tonight. It was a dual meet and in our home pool, and they went for it. When we get to the state tournament, this experience will be helpful. I think the results are showing the work is being put in. The scores get higher with each meet, I'm proud of their efforts.”

Senior Chelsea Call (212.50) finished second in the Women's one-meter dive competition and seventh-grader Caitlin Cottingham (156.35) placed sixth in the meet.

Sophomore William Slover finished first in the men's one-meter dive meet (204.65). Fellow sophomore Wade Young finished third (197.80). Senior Drew Richie finished fifth (169.10) and seventh-grader Caleb Evans was sixth (165.80). Seventh-graders Jack and Kai Shea finished seventh and eighth. Seventh grader Dylan Hardee was ninth and eighth-grader Logan Greene was 10th.

“I feel like I competed well tonight,” said Young. “I had a tough time on my back double which was my last dive but I know I can work hard and come back and nail it next time out. We had some good competitors today but when I am on the board, I try to focus on my dive and what my task at hand is. I'll get back to practice and try to get better for every meet.”

With many new divers on the team this season, Burchett has been encouraging her team to step out of their comfort zones and learn new dives.

“It went a little better for me this week than last,” said Richie. “I'm still working on quite a few things. I've been diving for a couple of months now and getting the hang of it. It's a wild feeling being up there and it gets quiet before you dive. I try to just go and dive to avoid over-thinking it.”

In the swim meet, the Jackets got off to a quick start by winning the first two events by more than a second. Laura Crutchfield, Madeline Gatewood, Katie Gatewood and Emma Oberlander finished first in the women's 200-yard medley relay (2:02.61). Clay Lewis, Cole Janzow, Xavier Moore and Luke Gardner won the men's 200-yard medley relay for the Jackets (1:48.35).

In the women's 200-yard freestyle, Madeline Gatewood finished second (2:05.59), Kyleigh Davis was fourth (2:29.00) and Isabel Taylor was fifth (2:29.72).

In the men's 200-yard freestyle, Lewis finished second (1:57.14), Isaac Tonges was fourth (2:10.29) and Preston Upthegrove was fifth (2:15.08). Crutchfield finished second in the women's 200-yard medley and Moore finished first in the men's 200-yard medley. Olivia Damm finished second in the women's 50-yard freestyle (29.50) and Oberlander finished fourth (30.50).

Luke Gardner placed second in the men's 50-yard freestyle (24.16) and Riley Gardner was fourth (25.62). Katie Gatewood placed second in the 100-yard fly (1:04.59) and Taylor was third (1:18.70). Janzow won the men's 100-yard fly (56.83) and Madeline Gatewood won the women's 100-yard freestyle by seven seconds (59.10). Luke Gardner placed second in the men's 100-yard freestyle (52.72) and Kyleigh Davis was second in the women's 500-yard freestyle (6:38.36). Upthegrove finished third in the men's 500-yard freestyle (6:12.67).

In the women's 100-yard backstroke, Cruthfield finished first (1:06.23), Oberlander second (1:24.71) and Paden Nicholson and Elizabeth Congleton finished fourth and fifth. Lewis, Moore, Tonges and Gardener finished in the top five in the men's 100-yard backstroke.

Katie Gatewood, Caroline Crain and Anna Nuckols finished second, third and fourth in the women's 100-yard breaststroke. Cole Janzow won the men's 100-yard breaststroke and Nate Janzow was third. The Jackets were impressive in the women's 400-yard yard freestyle relay winning by four seconds. On the men's side, the Jackets were second in the 400-yard freestyle.

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