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LOUISVILLE — Troy Jobe’s weekend just got a lot busier.
The Meade County High School senior knew he was heading to the Pannell Swim Shop/KHSAA State Swimming & Diving Meet after taking second place in the 100-yard backstroke at the Region 3 Championships on Saturday, but had to wait to see if any of the times he posted in three third-place finishes would be good enough to qualify for the 24-competitor fields.
All three did.
Jobe, who comes in with the 10th-best time (No. 10 seed) in the 100 back, earned the No. 21 seed in the 100 freestyle, while the Meade County 200 free relay and 200 medley relay teams of Jobe, Alex Medley, Ben Bevill and Scott King both earned No. 14 seeds.
Also competing in a meet-maximum four events at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium on Friday and Saturday are a pair of Central Hardin girls’ swimmers in senior Ashley Lewis and junior Amber Cooper.
Cooper earned the best seed of any area swimmer, putting herself in position to make the finals of the 100 breaststroke with the No. 4 seed. She also earned the No. 10 seed in the 200 individual medley, while the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay of Cooper, Lewis, Kylie Bal and Natalie Miller earned the No. 11 and No. 20 seed, respectively.
Lewis enters the 100 back with the No. 14 seed and the butterfly with the No. 15 seed.
Like the Central Hardin swimmers, Elizabethtown freshman Emma Coakley automatically qualified for State at the Region 3 Championships. She placed second in two events, earning the No. 16 seed in the 100 fly and the No. 26 seed in the 500 free.
The John Hardin boys’ 400 free relay team, however, had a bit more suspense leading to its State berth.
The squad, which consists of Ben Nelson, Dalton Hardesty, Eric Santos and Jason Crane took third at region but had a time good enough to earn the No. 20 seed.