Elizabethtown swept the Region 3 championships Fri-day and Saturday at Russell County High School.
The Lady Panthers totaled 530 points to outdistance the hosts (332), Central Hardin (186) and Meade County (158). Fort Knox finished eighth (107) and North Hardin ninth (89).
The Panthers finished with 337 points to edge the Green Wave (314½). Russell County was third (256½), North Hardin fourth (168), Central Hardin seventh (107), Fort Knox 13th (45) and John Hardin 15th (23).
Elizabethtown’s Kaitlyn Brandenburg was named the Swimmer of the Year after winning the 100 free (54.45) and 100 back (58.85). She also teamed with junior Mackenzie Hustead and sophomores Madelyn Godfrey and Elizabeth Godfrey to capture the 400 free relay in 3:50.47 (34 seconds ahead of the runner-up), and senior Chloe Chadwick, Hustead and freshman Megan Raney to claim the 200 free relay in 1:45.56, less than three seconds ahead of the Central Hardin foursome of senior Alexandra Collins, junior Kate Pierce, sophomore Caitlin Higdon and eighth-grader Ellie Wright (1:48.16).
Madelyn Godfrey touched the wall first in the 200 free (2:08.27) and 500 free (5:21.0). The Bruins’ Wright finished second in the 200 free (2:10.59) and third in the 500 free (5:37.37).
Elizabethtown’s Raney won the 100 breaststroke (1:12.11) and was second in the 50 free (25.84). Meade County freshman Kara Bewley was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.75).
Pierce, Collins, Higdon and Wright took second in the 200 medley relay in 2:00.35, three-plus seconds ahead of Raney, Madelyn Godfrey, senior Katie Nolan and seventh-grader Marissa Toms.
Hustead finished second in the 200 IM (2:24.08) and Higdon was third (2:27.02).
Pierce won the 100 fly in 1:02.27.
Elizabeth Godfrey took third in the 100 free (56.40),
Senior Mary Kate Godfrey placed second in the 100 back (1:02.41) and Pierce third (1:02.98).
North Hardin finished third in the 400 free in 4:36.28 behind juniors Faith Singletary, Alexandria Hernandez and Louisa Garcia and sophomore Olivia Bailey.
Elizabeth Godfrey, Madelyn Godfrey, Brandenburg and Raney were named to the All-Region team.
• Elizabethtown freshman John Michael Hayes was selected the Swimmer of the Year after capturing the 200 free and 500 free in meet-record times.
He won the 200 free in 1:40.55, shattering the four-year-old mark of Elizabethtown’s Ben Godfrey by almost eight seconds.
Hayes touched the wall first in the 500 free in 4:35.66, obliterating the three-year-old mark of Phillip Hayes by almost 31 seconds.
The freshman teamed with senior Luke Logan and sophomores Ahmad Banihani and Matthew Barnes to win the 200 free relay (1:34.18) and the 400 free relay (3:24.75).
Meade County finished third in the 400 free relay (3:45.89) with senior Cole Mattingly, juniors Logan Rister and Clint Reardon and sophomore Tanner Medley, and third in the 200 free relay (1:37.64) with Mattingly, Rister and seniors Nick Garnett and Brandon Green.
Banihani won the 200 IM (2:07.86) and took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.83).
Meade County’s Garnett won the 100 breaststroke (1:02.46) and 100 fly (55.73). Green was runner-up in the 100 fly in 59.96. Medley was second in the 100 back (59.64).
Garnett, Medley, Green and senior Zack Hedrick claimed the 200 medley relay in 1:46.46.
North Hardin junior Thomas Webb won the 100 free in 52.07.
Fort Knox freshman Brady Koval finished second in the 100 IM (2:10.56) and third in the 500 free (5:19.36),
Logan took second in the 100 free (52.50) and third in the 50 free (24.10), while Barnes finished third in the 100 back (1:02.24).
Hayes, Banihani, and Logan were named to the All-Region team.
The top two finishers in each event from each region will qualify for the state meet. The next twenty-two (22) at-large times from each event will also make it to the state meet.