The Cleveland Aqua Tigers got off to a slightly later start Thursday as they waited on the weather to cooperate.
CAT (0-5) were once again defeated by the Dalton (Ga.) Dolphins (4-1), but this time around they were able to see marked improvement.
By the time things were said and done, Dalton swam away with a 434-304 victory.
In their first meeting, the Aqua Tigers finished with a 255-point deficit, but improved in Thursday’s competition to only 130 points behind.
“We had (more than) a 100-point improvement. Part of it was the home pool advantage. The kids have been working hard, but many of the Dalton swimmers are year-round swimmers,” CAT coach Mark Garaguso stated. “We’ve been getting better and better at racing, and that’s hard to do. You can practice all day, but you can’t really practice with the adrenaline that comes with it and the close races and finishes.”
For the 8-and-under girls, Abby Anglin and Rebecca Nolen each finished with 10 points each.
The 9-10 boys and girls’ group saw Alexia Jackson rack up 18 points, with Jacob McDaniel finishing with 11.
In girls 11-12 division, Anna Thompson led the way with a total of 19 points.
Logan Stutzman claimed 10 points in the boys 13-14 division and Ben Cooper finished with 11 points in the senior boys division.
The Aqua Tigers will host the Signal Mountain Green Giants (4-1) on Monday at 6 p.m., and Coach Garaguso expects to see a close meet.
Earlier this month, bad weather put a stop to the meet at Signal Mountain, with the Green Giants holding a 137-80 lead over CAT.
“I’ll think Monday will be a closer one,” Garaguso said. “Having home field advantage will definitely help. I’m expecting to see some good competition.”