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Farragut 2nd overall once again; Bearden is 5th


For the second consecutive season, the Farragut High School swim and dive team finished as state runner-up during the two-day Tennessee High School Swimming and Diving Championships Friday and Saturday in Nashville.

The Aqua Admirals finished just 27 points behind state champ Baylor (343.5 to 316.5). On the girls’ side, FHS finished a distant second to Harpeth Hall (296 to 223).


Leading the way for FHS was Anna Miller’s first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.93), which also qualified as an All-American time.

As for the boys’ seventh-place state finish — down from sixth-place in 2003 — “for us to only have dropped one place losing the seniors that we did was huge,” Farragut coach Mike Bowman said.

Bearden finished fifth overall (239) — as did its girls team — followed closely by Webb School in sixth (238).

Sarah McCall’s first-place effort in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.48) led the AquaDogs.

Though not finishing among the state’s top 10 teams, Knoxville Catholic went one-and-two in the state diving results. Michael Muscari won the state title (451.80) followed by Sean Letsinger, who was a close second (451.55).

More on the AquaDogs, Spartans and the other westside private school teams later in this article.

FHS SECOND, AND FIRST

While finishing second to Baylor among all schools, Bowman said his team took pride in finishing as the state’s number one public school team.

“The kids had fantastic swims, and the kids showed a lot of heart and had a huge improvement in times,” Bowman said. “We had a few All-American swims and a couple of All-American consideration swims.”

WHAT IF?

Talented FHS senior swimmer Brady Peterson’s season-long absence due to a shoulder injury cost Farragut valuable state points in the 100-free, 200 individual medley and in the relays.

“I think he would have been a huge asset had he been able to swim, he would have definitely consoled (consolation round, ninth through 16th) in both of those and he would have helped our relays out immensely,” Bowman said. “But it’s not his fault. Sometimes you’re dealt things and you have to persevere. And I think the team did that.

TOP FOUR SWIMS

Automatic All-American times were registered by Anna Miller (also in the 100-free, finishing second) and by the FHS girls’ 200-free relay (third) and 400-free relay teams (second).

All-American consideration times included Brad Jones in the 100-free (fourth-place) and 200-free, and the FHS boys’ 200-free relay (fourth-place).

Jennifer Hill took third in the 100-breaststroke and fourth in the 200-IM.

BEARDEN FIFTH

AquaDog Annie Broome was a close second in the 100-butterfly.

Bearden’s 200-medley relay girls finished third, while the 200-medley relay boys took fourth.

WEBB SIXTH

Webb’s Brendan Mitchell finished second in the boys’ 200-free while Meredith Ayres took third in the girls’ 100-backstroke and fourth in the 200-free. Claire Galdun and Laura Reed finished third and fourth respectively in the 500-free.

As for relays, the Spartan boys’ 400-free relay was third, while the girls’ 400-free relay took fourth.

CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

CAK’s top finish was fifth in the boys’ 200-free relay.

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