The Cleveland Aqua Tigers hosted the Ooltewah Tidal Waves Monday evening in their final home meet of the season.
Despite another improved performance by CAT, it was the Tidal Waves who rolled away with a 431-324 victory.
“We had much better results in the second half after we had already swam all the teams once. We’re more of the team that is going to see improvement throughout the season, because the other teams aren’t really playing the game of catch-up like we have had to,” CAT coach Mark Garaguso commented. “We had a lot of best times of the season (last night), which is awesome with the City Meet just a few days away.”
Jacob McDaniel and Grayson Payne led the Aqua Tigers in high point, scoring with 19 points each.
Grayson Officer finished the meet with 17 points, while Anna Thompson had 14 points of her own.
Jason Chung, Nelson Chung and Spencer Payne each added 13 points to the team total.
Alexia Jackson, Trey Parris and Logan Foley had 12 points apiece, with Rebecca Nolen, Luke Bixler and Ian Frakes rounding out the high point scoring with 10 points each.
At the end of the meet, senior swimmers Theresa Garaguso and Nelson Chung were both honored for their time spent with the Aqua Tigers.
With the season finished, Coach Garaguso now turns his focus to the City Meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Warner Park in Chattanooga.
“We will really work on fine-tuning them over the next few days. We will have them do a lot of short, explosive movements,” Garaguso commented.
Garaguso has high hopes for his swimmers at the City Meet, but mainly just wants to see them post their best times.
“I’m looking for my swimmers to get their best times at the City Meet. I know a couple of our relays are ranked pretty high. I hope Grayson Payne can get high point for her age group, the same with Jacob McDaniels. We have a couple kids who will definitely place real well,” Garaguso stated. “The 9-10 boys are ranked second in the freestyle right now. That’s big points and a big high-pressure situation. Hopefully we will be able to pull off an upset.”