West Jessamine swimmers are on the edge of competing in the state finals later this month. The 400-meter freestyle relay team of Michael Peck, Austin Pasch, Wyatt Lamb and Stefan Stryker is the first alternate for the state competition after their fifth-place finish in the Region 3 competition over the weekend.
The West boys’ team finished ninth out of 22 teams at the meet at Russell Springs High School.
Peck, a freshman, was in three championship-final races. He came in fourth overall in the boys’ 100-yard backstroke and teamed with juniors Lamb and Stryker and sophomore Pasch to place fifth in the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Pasch was in an individual championship final of his own, coming in fifth in the 500-yard freestyle. Lamb finished ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The East Jessamine boys’ relay team of eighth-graders Timothy Keathley and John Fonoy, freshman Chris Nielson and sixth-grader Garett Harter qualified for the consolation races in the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay, placing 12th and 13th, respectively. The East boys’ team finished in 20th place overall.
On the girls’ side, West Jessamine senior Hannah Moles led the way, taking 10th in the 100-yard butterfly and 14th in the 200-yard individual medley. Moles also teamed with seventh-grader Anna Disponette, junior Olivia Wackerly and freshman Jenna Siekmann to take 14th place in the 200-yard medley relay. The West girls’ team finished 18th overall.