CHATTANOOGA — The first day of the 2014 Bill Caulkins City Meet began on a high note for both the Cleveland Aqua Tigers and the Waterdogs.
On Friday, the Warner Park Pool saw all 15 teams that make up the Chattanooga Area Swim League compete in individual medley (IM), breaststroke, freestyle and medley relay events.
After a long day in the blistering July sun, CAT finished the day in seventh place with a total of 273, with the Waterdogs rounding out the top 10 with 193 points.
“Today (Friday) went really well. All of our swimmers had best times, with some dropping eight to 10 seconds. Brian Lineberry kicked it up a notch and did amazing, as did Brendon Ruckman in the breaststroke and IM,” Waterdogs coach Jocelyn Fennell declared. “We had many swimmers and relays in the finals. It was a great day with a lot of best times and amazing swimming.”
CAT coach Mark Garaguso credited some of his younger swimmers with helping bolster the team’s points.
“We have some very talented younger swimmers that put us in good competition and did well in their relays. The relays are always worth a lot of points,” Garaguso explained.
The Aqua Tigers’ girls 11-12 200-yard medley relay team of Kylee Weir, Anna Thompson, Breanna Belcher and Grayson Payne claimed a third place finish in the finals with a time of 2:08.91. The Waterdogs’ relay team finished just behind in fourth place with a time of 2:20.90.
The Waterdogs girls 8-under 100-yard medley relay team also did well in the finals.
“Our girls 8-under relay of Jae Dauphinais, Ashlyn Henry, Ashley Bryant and Pollianna Moshenskiy got fourth overall,” Fennell said.
In the girls 9-10 50-yard breaststroke, CAT’s Lauren Thompson finished fifth with a time of 43.37 and the Waterdogs’ Davina Sharma finished ninth with a time of 43.40.
The Aqua Tigers had three boys competing in the boys 9-10 50-yard breaststroke finals, with Spencer Payne finishing fifth with a time of 43.00, Grayson Officer finished seventh with a time of 43.37 and Devon Frakes came in 14th with a time of 47.94.
In the girls 11-12 50-yard breaststroke finals, CAT’s Anna Thompson finished fifth with a time of 36.82, while teammates Breanna Belcher and Kylee Weir finished in 12th and 14th place with times of 40.24 and 40.84 respectively.
The Waterdogs saw Julie Bryant finish eighth with a time of 37.87, Tanya Sharma come in 10th with a time of 39.16 and Alexis Griffey finish 11th with a time of 39.44.
In the boys 11-12 50-yard breaststroke finals, the Waterdogs were represented by Brendon Ruckman, who finished fifth with his time of 39.29 and a 13th place finish by Mason Cross with a time of 44.01.
The Waterdogs’ Katie Estes finished 15th in the girls 13-14 50-yard breaststroke finals with her time of 39.19.
CAT’s Lauren Borst finished 15th in the girls 15-18 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 37.46.
In the boys 15-18 50-yard breaststroke final, the Waterdogs’ Mark Moshenskiy finished 15th with a time of 32.16, with the Aqua Tigers’ Jason Chung coming in 16th with a time of 32.55.
In the girls 9-10 100-yard IM, CAT’s Alexia Jackson finished 10th with a time of 1:20.47, while Davina Sharma gave the Waterdogs an eighth place finish with her time of 1:26.24.
For the 9-10 boys, the Aqua Tigers saw Jacob McDaniel finish third with a time of 1:18.72, Grayson Officer come in seventh with a time of 1:23.68 and Spencer Payne finish 15th with his time of 1:32.72.
David Hunt of the Waterdogs time of 1:36.84 gave him a 16th place finish.
In the girls 11-12 100-yard IM, CAT’s Grayson Payne finished first with a time of 1:04.75. Teammates Anna Thompson, Kylee Weir and Breanna Belcher finished in 11th, 15th and 16th with times of 1:14.07, 1:18.02 and 1:19.43 respectively.
The Waterdogs saw Julie Bryant finish ninth with her time of 1:12.54 and Tanya Sharma come in 12th with a time of 1:15.52.
Trey Parris gave the Aqua Tigers a 13th place finish in the boys 11-12 100-yard IM, with a time of 1:20.41, while Ben Cooper finished 14th in the 15-18 competition after posting a time of 1:00.67.
In the girls 13-14 200-yard medley relay, the Waterdogs finished seventh with a time of 2:29.54 and the Aqua Tigers boys 15-18 relay team finished fifth.
Coach Garaguso was very pleased with his swimmers after Friday’s events were finished up.
“Grayson (Payne) won two events today. Anna and Lauren Thompson did very well and I know that they had some best times. Benjamin Cooper, a senior boy, set some best times. Rebecca Nolen, who is 8, actually swam in the 9-10 girls relay and did a very good job. Alexia Jackson also did very well today (Friday),” Garaguso declared. “I think the (competition) is what led to a lot of best times. Many of my swimmers are used to swimming year round, so the meet environment is a lot different. The City Meet though is structured exactly like a USA Swim meet, and that’s what a lot of my swimmers are comfortable with. They get more rest in between the events and the finals and they race several different teams at once.”
With what they feel our their best events being held on the second day of competition, both Coach Fennell and Coach Garaguso were confident that their teams would be able to move up in the overall standings by the conclusion of the City Meet.
Saturday’s results and the conclusion of the City Meet will be in Monday’s edition of the Banner, as the finals did not wrap up until after press time.