Ketcham wins Region diving title.

Barbourville’s Jaxon Ketcham (Middle) poses with Knox Central’s Makenna Russell (Left) and Meredith Russell (Right) after the Fifth District Swimming and Diving competition at Stiver’s Aquatic Center.
Barbourville’s Jaxon Ketcham (Middle) poses with Knox Central’s Makenna Russell (Left) and Meredith Russell (Right) after the Fifth District Swimming and Diving competition at Stiver’s Aquatic Center.
Knox Central swimmer Brian Gibbs goes to the podium during the Fifth Region swim meet this past Saturday. Gibbs placed eighth in the 50 yard freestyle and 12th in the 100 yard freestyle.
Knox Central swimmer Brian Gibbs goes to the podium during the Fifth Region swim meet this past Saturday. Gibbs placed eighth in the 50 yard freestyle and 12th in the 100 yard freestyle.

Barbourville’s Jaxon Ketcham captured the Fifth Region title and qualified for the State competion for the boys’ one meter diving event this past weekend at Stiver’s Aquatic and Wellness Center.

Ketcham won the event with 434.40 points with the next closest competitor, Zane Taylor of Bryan Station, scoring 363.30 points.

Knox Central’s Meredith Russell also qualified for the State competition with an eighth place finish in the girls’ one meter diving event. Russell finished with a score of 349.85.

Both Ketcham and Russel will travel to Louisville to compete for a State title. The competition will be held on the University of Louisville campus Feb. 26-28.

Other notable performances at the region competition included Knox Central’s boys’ 200 medley relay placing 13th. Team members included Brian Gibbs, Dustin Massengill, Jordan Evans and Frankie Robinson finishing with a time of 2:00.60.

Brian Gibbs finished eighth in the boys’ 50 yard freestyle with a time of 23.59 and also came in 12th in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 52.99.

Kristin Smith, Meredith Russell, Madison Payne and Amber Leddington placed 15th in the 200 yard freestyle relay and Jordan Evans, Dustin Massengill, Frankie Robinson and Brian Gibbs finished 12th in the boys’ 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:48.27.

Amber Leddington, Madison Payne, Kristin Smith and Ellie Rose placed 14th in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:58.72.