Adair County’s swim team competed in the regional meet last week and performed very well overall with one person qualifying for state next week.
“Regionals went very well for everybody,” Coach Harlee Smock said. “All of the swimmers dropped time and being a team of only eight boys we definitely showed up ready to compete.”
The boys’ team placed sixth out of 16 boys teams and Luke Rich qualified for state on Feb. 20-22 at the University of Kentucky.
Rich won the 200 individual medley event with his personal best and dropped six seconds off his preliminary time with a time of 2:03.57. He also won the 100 breaststroke event with another personal best and dropping two seconds off his preliminary time at 1:02.39.
The Indians’ 200 medley relay team placed fifth by dropping two seconds off their preliminary time. The relay team consisted of Timothy Archey, Skeet Carter, Rich, and Cy Yarberry. Archey placed ninth in the 50 freestyle event with his personal best time and Yarberry finished 13th while dropping .14 seconds off his best time.
In the 100 butterfly event, William Rowe placed 11th and Nathan Ballou finished 12th while also dropping seven seconds from his preliminary time. Yarberry placed eighth in the 500 freestyle event with his personal best time during the preliminary. Archey finished 10th in the 100 backstroke event and also dropped from his time.
Carter placed 19th in the 100 freestyle event with a personal best 1:06 and Ryan Wilkerson placed 26th with a personal best time of 1:09. Carter also placed 10th in the 100 breaststroke event that Rich won and he improved his time by two seconds from the preliminary.
“The entire season they came to practice ready to work and improve and from their times they definitely all did,” Coach Smock said. “I am so proud of them for their hard work and excited to see them continue to improve next season.”
By Josh Withers