The Scott County High School swimming and diving team suffered their first home loss in years Wednesday night as the team fell to Lexington Catholic. The Cardinals pulled out all the stops and had many high ranking swims, but at the end of the night it wasn’t enough to beat the Knights. Lexington Catholic has been 2nd in their region to Paul Laurence Dunbar since 2016. This home meet, they scored 525.5 points compared to Scott County’s 435.5 points.
Jeremy Fink, Swim Coach, commented “Lexington Catholic is one of the best teams in the state right now. We made them show up in full force and have to work for their win. A loss at home is hard, but with the split of the high schools, expected. Our swimmers and divers should still be proud of what they did Wednesday night as this was a close meet for swimming. On another night, we might have been the ones giving Lexington Catholic an upset.”
Kaleb and Kole Brannock racked up 1st place finishes in all of their individual event. Kaleb, a senior this year, took first in the 200 free with a personal best time of 1:47.63 and first in the 100 back with a time of 53.33. Kole, a sophomore, took first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.71 and first in the 100 fly with a time of 55.43.
Riette Bloomfield, a senior this year, also had a strong first meet with a 1st in the 200 free with a time of 2:03.27 and tied for 1st in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.44.
Other upperclassmen had strong finishes including junior Andrew Batten who took 3rd in the 50 free (26.26) and 2nd in the 100 free (1:05.32), junior Katie Helmond took 3rd in the 100 back (1:14.37) with senior Alex Wesley finishing 4th in the 100 back (1:14.56), junior Chloe Wallen finished 2nd in the 50 free (27.00) and 6th in the 100 free (1:03.39), junior Maddie Zaheri finished 3rd in the 50 free (27.12) and 3rd in the 100 free (59.18), and senior Eli Beaven finished 3rd in the 500 free (6:04.26) and 4th in the 100 breast (1:14.59).
Scott County has many rising stars this year. 8th graders Jay Wilson and Chord Coyle have both broken 30 seconds in the 50 free this season. Jay Wilson finished 3rd in the 100 free (1:06.35) and 8th in the 50 free (29.08). Chord Coyle finished 5th in the 50 free (28.09) and 5th in the 500 free (7:02.47). 8th grader Baleigh Mosley finished 4th in the 200 free (2:26.63) and 4th in the 500 free (6:31.12). 7th grader Lauren Cox finished 5th in the 50 free (29.22) and 7th in the 100 free (1:05.97).
The team remains optimistic about how they will fare at their remaining two home meets against Lexington Christian and Montgomery County this season.
The Scott County Dive Team had a strong start for their first home meet of the season. Star diver, Spencer Wood, lead the Cardinals to a 1st place victory with a score of 167.10. Brand new 7th grade diver, Gretchen Hamilton, held her own scoring 120.30 (which is a PR of 17 points) and placing 5th.
12/4, 6 PM Home Meet: LCA and Bourbon County The Pavilion, Georgetown
12/6 Scott County Dive Invitational The Pavilion, Georgetown
12/14 Woodford County Invitational Falling Springs Rec. Center, Versailles
1/8, 6 PM Home Meet: Montgomery County The Pavilion, Georgetown
1/25 Shelby/Collins Winter Classic Clear Creek Center, Shelbyville
1/29, 6PM Away Meet: Woodford County Falling Springs Rec. Center