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AquaDogs stroke to first-ever KISL title
Farragut takes second, Webb grabs third


The Bearden High School swim team had never won the Knox Area Interscholastic Swim League meet before.

This year things were different as the Aquadogs erased the past and swam to an 860-point night and earning them the 31th Annual KISL title Saturday, Feb. 12, at the University of Tennessee Student Aquatic Center.

"I'm extremely pleased," BHS co-head coach Jason Baxter said of the victory against a 27-team field. "We had a lot of swimmers step up across the board on the guys and the girls’ side that really made a big difference. A lot of kids trained extremely hard and probably never believed that they would do as much as they have done today. It was an incredible effort all the way around."


Defending champion Farragut High School finished second with 644 points and Webb finished in third with 584.

Bearden's Annie Broome and Sarah McCall each broke individual KISL records and also contributed in breaking the girls’ 200-yard medley relay record with a time of 1:50.11.

Broome broke a record that stood since 1987 in the 100-butterfly with a time of 56.67 and McCall broke the 100-breaststroke record with a time of 1:05.13.

"I think we did really well. It was a big team effort I think," McCall said. "I'm pretty happy. I love this event because there is so much good swimming in Knoxville. It always produces fast swimming and that makes me excited." As for the state meet, McCall has a few personal goals in mind, but just wants to swim her best. "I just want to swim fast. Just to go there and swim the best races that I can, I think that is all I can do,” McCall said. “If I can produce fast times that's really all I am worried about right now.”

On the boys’ side, Baxter was pleased with senior leadership. “We had great leadership with Sam Kirk and Carson Nicely taking all three relays today (200- medley, 200 and 400- freestyle) and it was a total team effort really,” he said.

Kirk said, "We did great. This is the best year we have ever had, we have never won city before and we just all did amazing.”

In the 200-freestyle, Nicely and Owen Hunter finishing second and third, respectively.

FHS head coach Mike Bowman said, “Our guys swam really well, I'm pleased with how we swam.”

Individually, “Trey Dickert (came) back on the two-hundred and the five-hundred (freestyle) really, really well, he's swam a lot better than he has all year,” Bowman said. “Cecilia Willie had a great (one)-hundred (freestyle).

“Rachel Bellich won the fifty free, which was phenomenal. We had another girl that couldn't be here today, we were expecting to win with her, and Rachel stepped up ... we were happy with that.”

Brad Jones of FHS won the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:47.50.

FHS finished second in the 200- and 400-freestyle relays and third in the 200-medley.

FARRAGUT, BHS DIVING

With Staley McCartney's second-place finish (386.35 points), “I qualified for All-American,” she said. Unbeaten on the season until the KISL meet, McCartney finished behind defending state champ Jill Pearce of South-Doyle. Other FHS top-10 efforts: Cate Catani fifth; Cali Reynolds seventh and Jenny Westbrook eighth.

On the boys side, Grant McCartney finished fourth and Taylor Reynolds ninth.

For the BHS girls, Jennifer Lamp finished fourth, Carly Reed sixth and Annie Hursey 10th. Among AquaDog boys, Justin Miller was fifth and Robbie VanNorman seventh. “Robbie VanNorman was a pleasant surprise,” BHS co-head coach Evan Nylander said.

 

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