By Dan Connell
TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
The Stivers Aquatic and Wellness Center was the site of the Lake Cumberland Winter Invitational in Barbourville on Saturday afternoon.
A total of 10 high school swim teams participated in the 24-event meet, which featured several boys and girls swimmers from across the region.
The first event was the girls 200-meter medley where the Corbin Redhounds finished fourth with a time of 2:16.27 in the race. The "b" squad placed seventh with a 2:23.68 clocking.
In the boys 200 medley, Knox Central High School placed sixth with a time of 2:08.58 followed closely by Corbin with a seventh place finish and a clocking of 2:12.55 to finish the event.
Knox Central's Jessica Pope claimed first place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:12.82, narrowly defeating Louisville Assumption's Annabelle Greseth.
Barbourville's Alexander Phipps placed first in the boys 50 freestyle with a total of 14 points, while Corbin's Harrison Reedy placed fifth in the event.
Corbin's Parker Herren placed second in the girls' 100-butterfly with a time of 1:12.41 and Knox Central's Amber Ledington finished with a clocking of 1:34.49 and placed seventh.
Knox Central's Jessica Pope claimed first place honors in the 500-freestyle with a time of 5:50.76 and a 14 point finish in the event. Corbin's Kyra Meece and Emma McGraw finished fourth and sixth in the event respectively.
Corbin's team of Caleb Parker, Harrison Reedy, William Reedy and Jacob Fuller placed first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:41.41 and a total of 28 points.
Alexander Phipps took first place in the 100 backstroke with a 56.61 and 14 points for Barbourville High School and Barbourville's Lydia Smith placed sixth in the 100-Yard backstroke with a final time of 1:16.80 for a total of eight points in the event.
The Corbin Redhounds finished the day in first place in total combined team scoring with 278 points. Each of Corbin's boys and girls teams finished the afternoon with a third place ranking.
Corbin coach Kyle Yeager said he was pleased with his team's effort afterward.
“As a first year program we are going up against some very tough schools," Yeager said. “A lot of these schools have swam in state or have come close to winning the state," “Whereas we, as a first year team, are holding up well, we've had several swimmers actually finish in the top 10 of their events," he added.
The next regional swim meet will be held on February 14th-15th at the Stivers Aquatic and Wellness Center.