The meet between the two local swim teams marked the first of the summer season. It was the Aqua Tigers who came away with the win, leading the Waterdogs by a score of 434-304.
“It was definitely exciting and was a great meet,” Aqua Tiger head coach Danielle DeBusk said. “The reason it was such a great meet is because we had so many kids swimming. That’s always our goal, not necessarily to win or lose, but to get more kids in the water each year. Both of our teams seem to be growing very fast and I think that’s the coolest thing about swimming in Cleveland, how fast it is growing.”
As of now, the Aqua Tigers have 135 swimmers on their team, while the Waterdogs have 136. Both teams compete in the highly competitive Red Division in the Chattanooga Area Swim League.
Despite the overall loss, Waterdog head coach Kristy Snider was impressed by the efforts of her swimmers, especially those who moved from the 25-meter races to the 50-meter events.
“I was really proud. We had to stick kids in events they hadn’t swam in before and they did great,” Snider commented. “All the kids that aged up did well in the longer events. They got some really good times to improve on.”
The Aqua Tigers had numerous high point scorers in Monday’s meet.
Lauren Thompson, Jacob McDaniel, and Adam Foster each scored 19 points, while Ben Cooper scored 18 points and Suzanna Liner had 17.
Alexia Jackson, Logan Stutzman, and Lauren Borst each contributed 14 points. Jasper Culpepper and Meredith Borst each had 13 points.
Six different Aqua Tigers totaled 12 points — Haley Erickson, Gracelyn Jackson, Anna Thompson, Grayson Payne, Regan Fuller and Jason Chung.
Landon Price, Kylee Weir, Zach Bianucci and Zoe Meyer had 11 points, while Logan Vanhook and Nelson Chung each added 10 points to the team total.
“Last night was a great start for us because we have a lot of brand new swimmers who had never swam before so they were very anxious and nervous,” DeBusk stated. “They swam great races and we didn’t have that many DQs, which was a very positive thing for them because they realized that even though they are new swimmers they can still do well and excel in the sport.”
The Waterdogs saw their fair share of high point scorers as well.
Julie Bryant had 19 points, Carden Cross and Bristol Snider had 16 points, and Reid Nelson had 14 points.
Davina Sharma and Tanya Sharma each had 13 points, while Maya Sharma added 12 more. Anna Garner and Ridge Asble rounded out the high point scores with 10 each.
“I’m hoping that they take their times from this meet and work on getting a new personal best every time they get in the pool,” Snider said.
Both the Waterdogs and the Aqua Tigers have dual meets coming up on Thursday evening at 6 p.m.
The Aqua Tigers will take on the Calhoun Swim Team in Calhoun, Ga., while the Waterdogs will take on the TigerSharks in Ringgold, Ga.