• Thomas Mims, Woodford Sun Staff

Jacketfish break more records with strong state performance

The Woodford County High School swimming and diving team closed its season with four school record-setting performances at the KHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The boys finished 14th in the team standings with three top-10 efforts in Saturday evening’s finals at the University of Kentucky’s Lancaster Aquatic Center. Woodford freshman Caleb Evans advanced to the state diving finals Thursday night, finishing 16th in the championship round with a score of 344.95. Four other Jackets took to the diving board. Wade Young (20th), Will Slover (27th) and Logan Greene (32nd) competed in the field of 40 divers. Freshman Caitlin Cottingham finished 26th for the Lady Jacketfish. WCHS senior Laura Crutchfield kept busy during Friday’s girls’ championships. Crutchfield finished 14th in Friday night’s 100-yard backstroke finals (setting a new school record with a time of 59.07 in prelims), finished 30th in the 200-yard individual medley prelims and was on the 200-yard medley relay team that finished 19th along with senior Isabel Taylor, eighth-grader Lillian Moore and junior Katie Gatewood. Saturday, the Jacketfish boys took to the pool and broke four school records. WCHS advanced to the finals in six races: 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard freestyle relay. “It’s going well … better than I could have imagined,” said WCHS swim Coach Blair Hicks between races Saturday. As they have all season, brothers Cole and Nate Janzow and freshman Xavier Moore led the way. Cole, a junior, had the highest finish by a WCHS swimmer, taking seventh in the 100-yard butterfly and setting a new school record in the process. He also finished 11th in the 50-yard freestyle with a new school record of 21.77 seconds. Nate finished eight seconds shy of a championship berth, finishing 21st in the 500-yard freestyle, and Moore set a new WCHS record to take ninth in the 200-yard freestyle and 12th in the 100-yard backstroke. The trio joined senior Justin Lehmkuhler in the 200-yard medley relay to finish 11th and senior Will Fisher in the 400-yard freestyle relay to place 10th. Lehmkuhler and Fisher filled in for a sick Clay Lewis to contribute to the WCHS cause. Next season, the Jacketfish will return a majority of their state competitors and should once again be a region contender.

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