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Broome, Ayres set state swim records; Webb 2nd, AquaDogs 3rd, FHS 6th

NASHVILLE — Bearden’s Annie Broome and Webb’s Meredith Ayres were the biggest westside stars at the Tennessee State High School Swimming and Diving Championships Feb 24-25.

Broome, who helped lead her AquaDogs to a third-place combined team finish (311) behind second-place Webb (338) and state champ Baylor (422.5), set a state record in winning the 100-yard butterfly (:54.41) while also finishing third in the 100-free.

“It’s going to do a lot for her, coming off her state record, getting ready to go to Maryland in the fall,” BHS head coach Evan Nylander said of Broome and her next swimming home at the University of Maryland.

Ayres won two events and eclipsed the state record set only last year by BHS’s Sarah McCall in winning the 200-individual medley (2:01.59 versus McCall’s 2:02.18). She also won the 500-free (4:53.11).

Helping Farragut to a sixth-place finish (233) was Jessica Hill, who won the 100-breaststroke (1:04.18). “We had some really good performances, FHS head coach MIke Bowman said.

Knoxville Catholic diver Sean Letsinger was one-meter diving state champ (478.60). On the girls’ side, Bearden freshman Tori Lamp was fourth (343.05).

Bearden’s A.J. Tipton finished runner-up in both the 100-fly and 500-free, and was the first leg of a 200-medley relay that finished third. It also included Bo Fethe, Hunter Owen and Jordan Bondurant.

Farragut’s Brad Jones took second in the 50-free and was third in the 100-free.


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