The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | March 3, 2017
On Friday the entire Fort Knox High School boys’ swim team traveled to UofL’s Ralph Wright Natatorium as fellow teammates Christian Acevedo, Juan Acevedo, Noah Kopp and Jarrod Reiter competed in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association swimming state championship.
The first event was the 200-yard medley relay which members Christian, Reiter, Juan and Kopp placed 17th in the state meet, and missed making the finals because the top 16 advanced to the day two finals. Despite just missing the finals, the relay team broke the school record with a time of 1 minute, 45.46 seconds.
Kopp, a junior, who was competing in his first state meet, said it was a great experience. “Competing in my first state meet was a great experience, and I felt that all the hard work paid off,” said Kopp. “I was glad I was able to (have a personal record) and help my team at state.”
During the middle of the meet Reiter swam in the 50-yard freestyle and placed 35th with a time of 23.38.
Reiter, a junior, concurred with Kopp about competing being a unique experience
“The emotions that I experienced were very overwhelming, (but) in a positive way,” Reiter said. “Not many people get to experience it, especially being from such a small school like (Fort) Knox (High School). I couldn’t have asked for a better team to swim with. I was just proud I made it. I felt alright about my (event) but … how can you be mad about swimming at the highest competition in the state.”