Fighting through the cold

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By Mickey Patterson

LOUISVILLE - Battling a severe cold and cough and the always tough competition at the state swimming meet was just too much for Grant Cooksey to overcome. Cooksey, a South Oldham High School senior lost his chance to become the county’s first repeat state champion Saturday by coming in second in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley.An intense competitor who has signed to swim at the University of Kentucky, Cooksey is using the meet as motivation to prepare for the Junior Nationals in Orlando in March. It’s no one’s fault I got sick when I did, it’s still on my shoulders to go out and race,” Cooksey said. “I am just going to use it as motivation in my next races and turn a negative into a positive.” Even being sick, Cooksey was not far off from repeating his breaststroke title taking second to Male’s Devan Terry. Terry finished with a time of 57.61 while Cooksey was a close second at 58.10. In the 200 IM Cooksey was second to Adam Isaacs of Covington Scott. Isaacs finished his race at 1:53.86 just ahead of Cooksey at 1:54.95. “I tried to get up and go at the beginning of both races,” Cooksey said. “I just kind of ran out of endurance at the end of both of them.” Cooksey, who was named a first team all-stater at the end of the meet and qualified for All-American status for the second year in a row thanks to his times in both races, swims for the prestigious Lakeside program year-round.“I’ve never been much of a sentimental guy, but looking back I am proud of what I did and realize I have four more years of work to do and get better,” Cooksey said.OCHS girls up Oldham County’s girls’ team enjoyed a best ever finish at the state with two strong relay finishes and even stronger individual performances from sophomore Claire Grogan. Grogan, in her second trip to the state meet, took third in the 100 breastroke and fifth in the 200 individual medley. The 200 medley relay team of Grogan, Amanda Skinner, Kaitlyn Higley and Annie Golemboski was seventh and the 200 freestyle relay team of Claire Grogan, Grace Grogan, Golemboski and Skinner was also seventh.OCHS scored a school record 85 points good enough for 12th in the state.State swim meetBoys’ results200 yard IM2 - Grant Cooksey SOHS - 1:54.95100 yard breaststroke2 - Grant Cooksey SOHS - 58.10 AA-A Girls’ results200 yard medley relay7 - OCHS - 1:56 - Kaitlyn Higley, Claire Grogan, Amanda Skinner, Annie Golemoski. 200 yard IM5 - Claire Grogan OCHS - 2:11.04 100 yard butterflyConsolation final 14 - Amanda Skinner OCHS - 1:02.05200 yard freestyle relay7 - OCHS - 1:45.58 - Annie Golemoski, Amanda Skinner, Grace Grogan, Claire Grogan. 100 yard breaststroke3 - Claire Grogan OCHS - 1:05.87Consolation final 12 - Amanda Skinner OCHS - 1:11.25

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