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AquaDogs No. 2

Bearden High School almost out-swam all the state competition.

As first reported in Farragut First Edition, Feb. 14, the AquaDogs were just out of reach of Baylor, finishing second overall with 448 points in the Tennessee Swimming and Diving Competition finals, held Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14, at The University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

“The kids came here tonight all hyped up and ready to go,” Bearden coach Marshall Goldman said. “I don’t know that I could’ve asked them to do any better than they have. I’m very happy.”

Both women’s individual awards went to Bearden. Kennedy Higdon was awarded Outstanding Female Swimmer, and won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:02.78. Her teammate, Hannah Pinion, came in second in the event with a time about 1.5 seconds behind Higdon.

“We made it a goal to move up in every event, and we are trying so hard,” Higdon said. “We wanted to do something awesome. We are one of the top public school teams, and we wanted to make a statement.”

Higdon placed second in the women’s 500-freestyle (4:58). “I swam the 500 and added some time, but I got second so I was still happy with that. You can’t win every time,” she said.

BHS senior Tory Lamp set a new state record in the women’s one-meter diving event with 514.80 points, shattering the old record, set in 1998, by more than 50 points. The win earned her the Outstanding Female Diver award.

Lamp wasn’t the only AquaDog on the awards platforms for diving. Ruth Hahn, Lisa Bogosian and Rachael Roof took fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place, respectively.

As a team, the BHS girls finished second to Baylor with 291 points.

Bearden’s Hardesty placed second in the women’s 200-free. BHS’s Laurel Chaney, Higdon, Pinion and Meg McWhorter won second-place in the women’s 200-medley relay.

Chaney also won second-place in the women’s 100-backstroke and fourth in the women’s 50-free.

Bearden’s men’s team came in fourth with 157 points. James Dail won fourth-place in the men’s one meter diving with 427.80 points, and John Paul Gaylor won fourth-place in the men’s 500-free with a time of 4:30.72.

Bearden’s Spencer Bard captured fifth-place and Farragut’s Baker took sixth in the men’s 100-butterfly.

Webb School of Knoxville’s men’s team won fifth-place. Webb junior Alex Ward captured first-place when he swam the men’s 100-yard butterfly in 48.62 seconds. Webb’s women’s team tied for 10-place, and the school overall earned fourth.

Farragut High School’s men’s team took sixth-place — eighth-place overall — led by Hayden Baker, Eric Craig, Zac Mason and Seth Carter. The four-some took second place in the men’s 400-free relay with a time of 3:10.36.

Carter said, “It was awesome. I was really excited. We cut three seconds from our time this morning, and earned All-American consideration. This is Eric’s and my senior year, and we really wanted to do well.”

Craig added, “I was very happy. We came out and definitely wanted to get at least top eight, and hopefully get first or second. We came out and did what we set out to accomplish.”

Farragut coach Michael Bowman, whose overall team placed sixth, said, “The guys have definitely earned the majority of our individual points. This is probably one of the strongest guys team we’ve ever had.

“The girls’ team is holding its own; they’ve done fairly well. The girls’ relays in particular have really stepped up,” he added.

The FHS girls finished 14th.

Hardin Valley Academy women’s team tied with White Station for sixth-place, with 111 points, thanks in part to sophomore Jenny Darby and junior Rachel Cruze.

Darby finished third in the women’s 100-free, beating BHS’s freshman Ally Hardesty, and the 200-yard free. Cruze finished third in the women’s 50 freestyle.

“I think we’ve done about as well as we could have,” Hardin Valley coach Andy Waggoner said. “The kids swam their hearts out, and that’s about all we can ask for.”


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