Jacketfish dive and swim teams are primed for big season
The Jackets will host every meet through the regional championship this season. The facility at Falling Springs is the best for high school swim and dive in this area, according to WCHS Swim Coach Blair Hicks.
“I have high hopes for my team this year,” said Hicks. “We have quite a few very good athletes returning this season. We have talent across the board including our dive team. It will be a fun season.” Last season, William Slover and Wade Young traded personal best scores and eventually school records. Young broke the school record for an 11-dive meet with 376.65 at the Region Six Championship. Young, Slover, Caleb Evans and Jack Shea all qualified for the state meet with Slover finishing a team-best 14th in the semifinals. Jase Crume, Dylan Hardee and Logan Greene round out the boys' dive team who have their eyes on a team state berth. Caitlin Cottingham was third at the Region Six Championship last season with 311.80 points after only starting to dive just a few months earlier. At the state meet, Cottingham placed 31st. Naomi Branham, Emery Cottingham and Julia Hill round out the Lady Jacketfish dive roster. “We have 11 divers this year 4 girls and 7 boys 2 new and 7 returning,” said WCHS dive Coach Patty Burchett. “They’ve gotten right back into the groove, cleaning up last years dives and learning new ones for this year, It should be an exciting season.” The boys' swim team returns three members of the record breaking 400-meter freestyle relay team. Clay Lewis, Xavier Moore and Cole Janzow will all be returning to add to their already impressive time. Lewis qualified for the state meet in the boys' 200-yard medley, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard relay. Cole Janzow qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard fly, 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard relay and Moore qualified in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard relay as a seventh-grader. Will Fisher had a great season last year and was a key part of the boys' 200-meter freestyle relay team. Zach Ball, Riley Gardner, Nate Janzow, Josh Cromwell and others will look to add depth and experience to this years squad. Maddie Gatewood qualified for the state meet last season in the girls' 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard relay. Katie Gatewood qualified in the 100-yard fly, 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard relay. Laura Crutchfield qualified in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard relay. Olivia Damm qualified in the 400-yard relay and Emma Oberlander qualified in the 200-yard medley relay. Isabel Taylor, Erin Oberlander, Ashley Higdon, Kyleigh Davis, Taylor Dotson, Caroline Crain, Abbey Bleuel and others will bring experience and leadership to the Lady Jacketfish lineup.