By the end of the finals, the Aqua Tigers finished in sixth place with 892 points, while the Waterdogs finished in 15th place with 192.5 points.
CAT, who were the CASL Red Division champions this season, will make the move up to the highly competitive Blue Division next summer. City Meet champions Signal Mountain as well as the second through fifth place teams are all in the Blue Division.
“Because of our undefeated season we have to move up (to the Blue Division) next season, so we will see how that goes,” Aqua Tiger coach Danielle DeBusk said.
DeBusk felt that her team competed stronger in Saturday’s events, which were made up of freestyle, butterfly, and backstroke events.
According to DeBusk, the Aqua Tigers had at least one swimmer who qualified for the finals for the majority of the events.
“In almost every event we had at least one kid in the finals, while in some we actually had three,” DeBusk commented. “Grayson Payne won the 50 meter backstroke, while her brother Spencer won the 50 meter fly.”
This was the first time in eight years that the Aqua Tigers had an undefeated season, and DeBusk couldn’t be more proud of her team.
“They swam really hard and they were good to each other,” DeBusk stated. “I feel like I have the best group of kids in Cleveland.”
According to Waterdogs’ coach Kristy Snider, upwards of 20 kids qualified for the City Meet finals this weekend.
“I think every single one of them swam their best time in the meet this weekend and that was a really good job. They’ve been working really hard to drop their times during this season,” Snider commented.
Senior Waterdog swimmers Christian Torbett, Bristol Snider and Anna Harvey were all recognized at the meet.
The younger swimmers were put to the test as they swam in new, longer races.
“We had some of the younger kids who swam races that they had never done before. They did a really good job of branching out,” Snider said.
The Waterdogs finished their season in third place in the Red Division, with a record of 3-5.