TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
The KHSAA Region 5 High School Swimming Championship was held at the Stivers Wellness & Aquatic Center last weekend. The prelims were held Friday with more than 500 swimmers and the championship finals were held Saturday. The swimmers represented 26 different high schools. This is the second year that this championship meet has been held in Barbourville. I had the pleasure to serve as meet director again this year and want to recognize the many volunteers and supporters who made this meet a success.
I want to first express my deep appreciation to Tucker Ballinger, president and CEO of Forcht Bank, for being a major supporter of the meet and for all the staff they provided to work the meet. They are true community supporters who make a difference locally and in Kentucky. In addition to the Forcht Bank’s staff, I want to thank the parents of Barbourville High, Corbin High, Knox Central, North Laurel and South Laurel for all their donations of food, drinks and their time volunteering. I also want to thank the Knox Central Beta Club and KCEOC volunteers who pitched in to help.
This championship meet takes a major effort by lots of people to make it a success and be able to show off our area to a large number of visitors. I want to thank Dee Dole, center director, and all the Stivers Center staff for making us all proud to have such a facility here in Southeastern Kentucky that provides a quality experience to competitors. The Stivers Wellness & Aquatic Center is a major asset to Southeastern Kentucky.
I also thank the many business supporters who made our programing possible.
With the continued support of the local community, it is hoped that the Regional Swimming Championship will return next year along with the Diving Championship.
Paul D. Dole,
KHSAA Region 5 Meet Director