Waterdogs beat weather but fall to Ringgold TigerSharks
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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THE WATERDOGS’ TANYA SHARMA (left) and Ashley Bryant (right) cheer on Juliet Bryant during a race on Monday evening. Banner Photo, SARALYN NORKUS
THE WATERDOGS’ TANYA SHARMA (left) and Ashley Bryant (right) cheer on Juliet Bryant during a race on Monday evening. Banner Photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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Despite the storm clouds looming off in the distance, the Waterdogs were able to get their entire meet against the Ringgold TigerSharks in the books Monday evening.

With no lightning in the area, the lifeguards at the Cleveland Community Center pool did not call for any weather delays in the meet against the Georgia swimmers.

“We got to swim on through. We didn’t have a break, but we got everyone through,” Waterdogs’ coach Jocelyn Fennell said.

Ultimately, the Waterdogs fell to the TigerSharks 411-319, making their record 2-2.

While the Waterdogs were not victorious, Coach Fennell still saw improvements in their techniques.

“They all did really well. Last week we really focused on their turns and starts, focusing on technique work. It really showed Monday,” Fennell stated. “I made a deal with them that if they worked hard and showed me that the work we did last week paid off, that they could either play ‘sharks and minnows’ or create a workout for the coaches.”

As of Monday night, the coach was still undecided as to which option would be rewarded to the team.

The Waterdogs saw a total of 10 swimmers score 10 or more points in the meet.

Julie Bryant and Davina Sharma led the team with a total of 19 points each.

Tanya Sharma finished the meet with 17 points, while Ashley Bryant added 15 points of her own.

Daniel Gill had 14 points, while both Haley Brock and Brian Lineberry each had 12 points.

David Hunt, Ridge Asble and Christian Fetzner all chipped in 10 points a piece.

In their previous meeting at Ringgold on June 5, inclement weather resulted in a cancelled swim meet, which according to Coach Fennell, is close to being rescheduled.

“We are aiming for July 9, and it will probably be home instead of away because Ringgold’s pool is unavailable,” Fennell stated.

The Waterdogs travel to the Chattanooga Country Club on Thursday.

On June 9, the ’Dogs defeated the Wavemakers 381-332, and Coach Fennell is confident that her team will swim away from the Country Club with another victory.

“If we keep swimming like we have been, I think that we will win Thursday. I have confidence in my swimmers — they are determined and hard workers,” Fennell declared.