• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

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SEVENTH-GRADER DYLAN HARDEE splashes into the pool in the one-meter dive competition on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Falling Springs. (Photo by Bill Caine)

WILL FISHER competes in the 100-yard fly for WCHS in a meet at Falling Springs on Wednesday, Dec. 6. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County swim and dive teams are on a roll this season winning their third meet in a row on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Falling Springs. The Jackets won convincingly with a score of 1,001.5. West Jessamine finished second (661.5) and Montgomery County was third (656).

In the women’s diving competition, Montgomery County junior Morgan Shrout finished first with a score of 191.30 and senior Chelsea Call finished second (190.30). Seventh grader Caitlin Cottingham was tremendous for the Jackets finishing in third place for the Lady Jackets. Freshman Jill Elmore was seventh for Woodford.

Sophomore Wade Young dominated the men’s dive competition scoring 230.60 and finishing first. Fellow sophomore William Slover finished second (205.90) and seventh grader Caleb Evans finished fourth (163.95). Senior Drew Richie rounded out the top five (162.10).

In the swim competition, the Jackets started out fast by winning the women’s 200-yard medley relay by 11 seconds. Laura Crutchfield, Madeline Gatewood, Katie Gatewood and Emma Oberlander combined for the win for the Lady Jackets.

The men’s 200-yard medley relay was a first and second place finish for the Jackets. Clay Lewis, Cole Janzow, Xavier Moore and Luke Dotson were the winning team with a time of 1.50.05. Isaac Tonges, William Fisher, Nate Janzow and Riley Gardner were second (1:55.37).

“I feel like everything went really well today,” said Fisher.

“We all really enjoy coming to the meets and have a blast competing. I think our best is yet to come and I am excited about it.”

Katie Gatewood won the women’s 200-yard freestyle (2:12.21) , Cruthfield was second (2:16.01). Kyleigh Davis was fourth (2:27.09) and Erin Oberlander was fifth (2:29.91).

“Everyone worked so hard today,” said Emma Oberlander.

“We get into a mode where you get in the water and know you have to go as fast as you can to get the win for your team. We all strive for that every time we race.”

Nate Janzow finished second in the men’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:10.97 and Preston Upthegrove was fifth (2:16.68). Madeline Gatewood won the women’s 200-yard individual medley (2:24.34) and Caroline Crain was third (2:50.14). Clay Lewis won the men’s 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:08.05.

Emma Oberlander was seventh (29.76) to lead the Lady Jackets in the 50-yard freestlye and Luke Gardner finished first in the men’s 50-yard freestyle (23.81) while Riley Gardner placed fifth (25.86).

Katie Gatewood won the women’s 100-yard fly by three seconds (1:03.18). Isabel Taylor was fourth (1:17.66). Freshman Cole Janzow was second in the men’s 100-yard fly (57.08).

Madeline Gatewood won the women’s 100-yard freestyle (57.60) and Erin Oberlander was fifth (1:06.40). Luke Gardner won the men’s 100-yard freestyle (52.41 and Upthegrove was fifth (1:02.14).

“I love our team,” said Erin Oberlander. We are an energetic group and we always have a lot of fun together. So far this season, we have been successful and that makes it extra special for us.”

Emma Oberlander, Natalie Eller, Olivia Damm and Erin Oberlander combined to finish second in the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay (2:01.10). Tonges, Riley Gardner, Upthegrove and Nate Janzow were the winning team in the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay (1:24.44). Cruthfield won the ladies 100-yard backstroke (1:04.65) and Lewis was second in the men’s 100-yard backstroke (59.95). Caroline Crain finished fourth in the ladies’ 100-yard breaststroke. Cole Janzow and Nate Janzow finished first and second in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke.

The Lady Jackets 400-yard freestyle relay team won the event won by a 16-second margin. Erin Oberlander, Crutchfield, Madeline Gatewood and Katie Gatewood combined for the win (4:05.44). On the men’s side, the Jackets won first in the 400-yard freestyle by a 39 seconds. Moore, Lewis, Luke Gardner and Cole Janzow combined for the winning time (3:40.46).

“Everyone worked so hard to night and performed fabulously,” said swim Coach Blair Hicks. “Many kids had career bests tonight by four or five seconds and we are so excited about that. William Fisher was amazing tonight. He dropped a few seconds off his time easily. I love to see kids come and compete like that. The Gardners’ are two kids you really want to keep an eye on. They are hard workers and will make a lot of noise this year. We are hoping to have a big showing at the WCI next weekend and I feel like we can win it. I hope I am right.”

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