Waterdogs swim by Chattanooga Wavemakers
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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THE WATERDOGS’ ANGEL ZUNIGA dives in as teammate Davina Sharma finishes her leg of the relay Monday evening. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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The Waterdogs had plenty of reason to celebrate Monday evening — 381 of them to be exact.

In their first home meet at the Cleveland Community Center, the Waterdogs were able to defeat Chattanooga Golf & Country Club Wavemakers 381-332.

“It was great. They swam really well and I’m so proud of them,” declared coach Jocelyn Fennell. “We have a new pool, new coaches and a new computer system that we are working with. Even with all of that, the meet still went really well.”

The Waterdogs saw a total of 16 high point scorers during their win, which included seven girls.

Juliet Bryant was the leading scorer for the girls, racking up 19 points Monday evening.

Sisters Tanya, Davina and Maya Sharma added 17, 16 and 15 points respectively to the team total.

Kyra Nipper chipped in 13 points, with Ashley Bryant adding 12 points and Katie Estes finishing with 11 points.

The boys had nine high point scorers on Monday.

“Some of our 11-12 boys did really well, and we had some really close races there, with Brendon Ruckman being able to pull ahead. Our 8-and-under relay was very close and we were all going crazy,” Fennell commented. “It felt so good because they were all cheering on each other. It was exciting to see the older kids cheering on the younger kids.”

Reid Nelson and John Bryant each finished with 19 points in the meet.

Ridge Asble had 17 points and Christian Fetzner had 15 points of his own.

Both Isaiah Gill and Luke Hunt closed out the evening with 12 points.

Mark Moshenskiy, Martin Shapoval and Ruckman each had 10 points Monday night as well.

“We’ve been working really hard on breath control, turns and finishes. We had some really fast turns and finishes yesterday, so I think that has really helped us,” Coach Fennell explained. “We are going to focus on our starts — I would like to get them quicker off the block. We will also continue working on technique and strokes.”

The Waterdogs are now 1-1, and are still working on rescheduling last Thursday’s postponed meet at Ringgold, Ga.

Their next meet will send the Waterdogs up Lookout Mountain to the Fairyland Club for a 6 p.m. meet.