LOUISVILLE - The first of the winter sports to enter the post-season will be swimming as they move into regional action this weekend.
The three Bullitt County swimming teams will be competing the Region II Championships at the Ralph Wright Natatorium on the University of Louisville campus. The opening rounds will be held on Friday with the top swimmers returning for the finals on Saturday.
The top two finishers in the final will advance to the state championships which will be held the following weekend back at UL. After all the regional events are completed, the next 14 best times will also be in the state championships.
Bullitt County swim program director Laura Flischel expects North Bullitt junior Caroline Lee to once again advance to the state finals. Lee qualified for the state meet last year along with Bullitt East’s Mason Turlington, but Turlington, a sophomore, won’t be competing this year after suffering a separated collarbone last weekend in a snow related accident.
Each school can enter as many as four swimmers in each event, but no swimmer can be in more than two events. Lee will be competing in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley.
Because of the long time it takes, swimmers have had to reach qualifying marks to compete in the 500-yard freestyle. Bullitt Central’s Alex Skidmore has done that on the girls’ side as had Turlington for the boys.
While Flischel has seen great improvement in her program, she is not expecting at this point to have anyone but Lee advance to the state championships.