HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING: Central sweeps regional titles again

Feb. 3—Record-breaking performances powered the Madison Central swim team to another sweep of the Region 9 Championships.

The Indians won 16 of the 22 events — including five relays -on Saturday at Eastern Kentucky University's Alumni Coliseum.

Central racked up 769 points and easily out-distanced Madison Southern (396 points) for the combined team title. Model Laboratory (275) finished sixth and Berea Community (148) was 10th.

The Indians also claimed the boys and girls team championships for the second-straight season.

Central had five swimmers — Kaiden Graves, Cade Kooistra, Marlee Cooksey, Lena Brown and Emma McDowell — win two individual events. Model's Tanner Jackson (500 free) and Berea Community's Caleb Campbell (50 free) won regional titles as well.

The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for the KHSAA's State First Round, which is set for Feb. 17 at Scott High School.

Central set new Region 9 Meet records in three girls events.

The 200 medley relay team of Cooksey, Brown, McDowell and Kristen Eads posted a winning time of 1:50.83, which also matched the school record.

The 200 free relay team of Cooksey, Brown, McDowell and Lauryn Hagan had a record mark of 1:40.6.

Cooksey's time of 57.20 in the backstroke broke her own region record (58.24). The freshman also took the title in the 200 freestyle.

Brown, also a freshman, won region titles in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. McDowell, a junior, took first place in the 50 free and 100 free.

Central senior Cade Kooistra claimed first place in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke, while junior Kaiden Graves won the 200 free and the 100 butterfly.

Hagan, a freshman, was the winner in the 100 breaststroke and was second in the 200 IM.

Central also took the title in the girls 400 free relay and both the boys 200 medley and 200 free relays.

The Indians also had two additional runner-up finishes — Eads (100 free) and Sydneee Williams (500 free).

Model's Carson Neal took second place in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Tanner Jackson was the runner-up in the 200 free.

Model also finished second in two boys relays — 200 free and 200 IM.

Southern has two girls relay teams moving on to state as well. The Lady Eagles finished second in the 200 medley and the 200 free.

Southern's Mya Duncan (50 free), Ian Woods (50 free) and Kalli Fair (100 breaststroke) also earned trips to state with second-place performances.

Berea's Campbell was second in the 100 free.

In the boys team standings, Central had 283 points. Johnson Central (226) was second. Southern (174) was third. Model (168) was fourth and Berea Community (144) was sixth.

In the girls team standings, Central collected 486 points. Russell (284) was second and Southern (222) was third. Model (107) was seventh and Berea Community (4) was 17th.