Green Giants jolly after weather halts meet with Aqua Tigers
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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A PAIR OF CLEVELAND AQUA TIGERS wait for a weather delay to end Monday evening. CAT’s meet against Signal Mountain was called at the halfway point after two weather delays made it a late night. Banner Photo, SARALYN NORKUS
A PAIR OF CLEVELAND AQUA TIGERS wait for a weather delay to end Monday evening. CAT’s meet against Signal Mountain was called at the halfway point after two weather delays made it a late night. Banner Photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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For a second time, Mother Nature proved to be uninterested in seeing a full meet between the Cleveland Aqua Tigers and the Signal Mountain Green Giants.

All it took for two inconvenient weather delays to be called was a couple of rumbles of thunder off in the distance.

At the delay, the Green Giants had a 134-86 lead over the Aqua Tigers.

The score was strikingly similar to the one on June 5, when Signal Mountain was up 137-80 when the meet was called because of threatening weather.

After nearly an hour delay and with the exhibition swimming events cancelled, the two teams were able to continue on until they reached the halfway point of the meet.

Unlike their previous called-off meet at Signal Mountain, Monday’s event at Tinsley Park officially counts.

“It was getting really late, so they called the meet at the halfway point,” CAT coach Mark Garaguso explained. “We’re still planning on finishing the first meet, but tonight’s meet was official.”

The meet finished with Signal Mountain ahead 246-170.

Due to the shortened meet, high point scoring information was not available.

“I don’t think we would’ve lost by much if the meet had finished, because the butterfly and backstroke are our stronger events,” Garaguso commented.

The Aqua Tigers hope to get their first win of the season Thursday, as they travel to Stuart Heights that evening.

When CAT hosted Stuart Heights on June 9, they were missing a few swimmers and finished only 23 points behind the Sharks.

Coach Garaguso hopes that with a few key swimmers, the meet at Stuart Heights will turn in the Aqua Tigers’ favor.

“I think it’s going to be very close, because there were a couple of kids we had missing the last time we swam against them,” Garaguso stated.