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AquaDogs, Farragut sink at Baylor School


School flexed its swimming muscle against both Bearden and Farragut Tuesday, Jan. 10, in a decisive three-way meet victory for the host team.

“It wasn’t [our] best showing, Baylor was really strong,” BHS head coach Evan Nylander said, adding that the Red Raider program “should be a favorite to take a state championship this year in Nashville.”

Nylander said he was without half his team for the meet – and Bearden had no double-winners — but the AquaDogs did increase its state qualifiers by four: Sam Blount in the 100-breast; Danielle Elliott in the 50-free and 100-breast, and Morgan Williams and Taylor Hudson in the 50-free.

Farragut double winners were Brad Jones won the 100-free and 200-free and Jessica Hill in the 200-individual medley and 100-breaststroke.

FHS state times obtained at the Baylor meet were freshman Emily Farmer in the 200-free and senior George Morar in the100-breaststroke.

“I didn’t expect to get beat as bad as we did,” Farragut head coach Mike Bowman said. “They [Baylor] had improved tremendously from last year, their guys team in particular is just really, really stacked up.”

As an example, Bowman said the Baylor boys’ 400-freestyle relay team shaved 1.9 seconds off its 2005 state tournament time during the Jan. 10 meet.

“They’ve beaten us every time we’ve gone down there for a dual meet, but we’ve flip-flopped back-and-forth for state,” the FHS skipper said. “They’ve just got so much top-end talent.”

As for the state-wide talent, “Webb’s good, Baylor’s good, Bearden’s good, we’re good, Brentwood’s going to be a factor, just like they were last year,” Bowman said.

In a three-way meet at the University of Tennessee’s Student Aquatic Center Sunday, Jan. 8, Farragut won with 199 points versus Berean Christian School’s 145 and Karns’ 87.


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