Aqua Tigers bitten by Stuart Heights
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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MEREDITH BORST powers through the breaststroke during Monday’s home swim meet for the Cleveland Aqua Tigers.  Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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A quick start for the visitors from Stuart Heights dealt the Cleveland Aqua Tigers their third loss of the season Monday evening.

Despite battling back to keep things close and trailing by only 18 points at the intermission, the early lead taken by the Sharks spelled out a 390-365 loss for CAT.

“They got out to an early lead and then we were splitting with them. There were pretty much 10 age groups and then we were winning five and they were winning five. The lead never really changed,” CAT coach Mark Garaguso stated.

A number of swimmers stood out to the coach during the meet Monday.

“Trey Parris, Jacob McDaniel, Alexia Jackson, Grayson Payne and Anna Thompson were probably the ones who stood out the most. Ben Cooper came up with a couple close, big wins for us as well,” Garaguso commented.

Jackson and Parris led the way for CAT, and finished with 19 points a piece.

Thompson, McDaniel and Cooper each racked up 17 points of their own.

Rebecca Nolen finished with 11 points, while Logan Stutzman added 10 points to the team total.

Coach Garaguso said he has been particularly pleased with his team’s performance in the backstroke and butterfly events.

“Our strongest events are just about always the backstroke and the butterfly,” Coach Garaguso stated.

The Aqua Tigers now have a full six days off before their next meet, and their coach plans to make the most of that time

“(Today) we are having a layers day, where we will swim with our clothes on. Wednesday we are having a shoe day, where we will swim in shoes,” Garaguso commented. “Those will help with building strength and endurance. We have six days before our next meet, so it’s our biggest gap all year.”

CAT will travel to Ooltewah next Monday for a 5:30 p.m. meet against the Tidal Waves.