Trigg County will send eight swimmers to the region meet – four boys and four girls.
The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for the state meet in Lexington. The next 14 fastest times from across the state will also advance.
“Our first goal is for everyone to beat their individual time,” said TCHS swim coach Heather Lichtenwalter. “I would love for someone to advance to Saturday’s finals and even go to state, but for our team to even go to the region meet as a first-year program is a huge accomplishment.”
Sophomore Tony Bryant and seventh grader Chris Jenkins will both compete in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. Senior Corey Harrison will swim the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke, while freshman John Reinick will compete in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard freestyle.
For the girls, senior Emaly Birdsong will swim the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, junior Ashton Fuller will compete in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle, junior Sarah Woodall will swim the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke, and eighth grader Ashley Wiegand will swim in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke.
Both teams will field a medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay team.
No matter how the team finishes this weekend, Lichtenwalter said the season is already a success.
“On our first day of practice, 90-percent of the kids had never seen a butterfly stroke. We had kids nearly passing out after swimming a lap,” she said. “They have went from recreational swimmers to athletes in just a short time.”
Trigg County took second place out of four teams in a quadrangular match Jan. 19 at Ohio County that also included Muhlenberg North and Muhlenberg South.
Ashton Fuller took first place in the 100-yard freestyle and second place in the 200-yard freestyle. Other swimmers who scored points were Emaly Birdsong (second in the 100-yard backstroke); Jennifer Johnson (third place in the 50-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle); Ashley Wiegand (second place in the 100-yard butterfly and third place in the 100-yard breaststroke); Sarah Woodall (fifth place in the 50-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke); Courtney Harrison (third place in the 100-yard freestyle and sixth place in the 100-yard breaststroke); Macie Dailey (sixth place in the 50-yard freestyle); Codie Flood (fifth in the 100-yard backstroke); and Ireland Fuller (sixth place in the 100-yard backstroke).
For the boys, Tony Bryant finished first in the 100-yard freestyle and second in the 50-yard freestyle. Other swimmers who placed were John Reinick, who scored a pair of second place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke; Chris Jenkins, who was third in the 50-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard freestyle; Sam Nunnery, who was third in the 100-yard backstroke, and Garrett Clark, who was fifth in the 50-yard freestyle.
Trigg’s 200-yard boys’ medley relay and girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay teams also took first place.
At the Paducah Invitational Jan. 23, Trigg County’s highest finisher was Tony Bryant, who took sixth place in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 59.87 seconds.
Three relay finishes in the top five helped the Wildcats to an eighth place finish.