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Led by boys, Aqua Ads defeat Hardin Valley
HVA sweeps girls’ relays; Bearden AquaDogs roll

Don’t underestimate the passion of Farragut’s swimming and diving rivalry with Hardin Valley Academy.

The Aqua Admirals edged HVA 187-169 in the teams’ dual meet showdown Sunday, Jan. 10, in Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center at The University of Tennessee.

Winning all 12 boys swimming and diving events, Farragut (7-1 dual meet record) was led by double winners Isaac Taylor (50-yard freestyle, 100-free); Hayden Baker (100-butterfly, 100-backstroke); Nathaniel Laning (200-IM, 100-breaststroke) and Zac Mason (200-free, 500-free).

“Zac Mason had really swam well this year,” FHS head coach Michael Bowman said about the senior. “He has kinda led the charge for the boys team.

“Hayden has always done well.”

Doug Rogerson was 1-meter diving champ.

Farragut’s top girl was double champ Nicki Galler (200-IM, 100-fly) “Nicki Galler has kinda led for the girls’ team,” Bowman said.

Jessica Scott won 500-free.

Other top FHS performers this season include senior Samantha Webb in 50-free, 100-free and 100-fly. “Sam Webb is a senior who has done really well,” Bowman said.

Hardin Valley’s dual meet record fell to 7-2 despite double wins from Rachel Cruze (50-free, 100-free) and Jenny Darby (200-free, 100-back) and a sweep of girls relays (200-free, 200-medley, 400-free).

Andrew Wagner, HVA head coach, said his girls’ relay success “was kinda the high point of the meet. ... I think our whole team did really well.”

HVA’s winning 200-medley-relay foursome were Darby, Stefanie Burgan, Chelsea Kyle and Kirsten Martin. The Hawks’ 200-free relay champs were Kelsey Elam, Conny Zhao, Martin and Cruze.

Cruze, Kyle, Zhao and Darby comprised HVA’s 400-free relay winners.


Bearden’s AquaDogs, defending Knoxville Interscholastic Swim League champions and 2009 state runners-up, improved its dual meet record to 6-1 with convincing wins Sunday versus Maryville (114-74) and Cleveland (121-66) at Maryville College.

Bearden also recorded a tri-meet victory against Christian Academy of Knoxville and Halls, while its dual meet wins include a November victory versus archrival FHS.

“We had one unexpected loss to Catholic, but the kids kinda learned from that and kinda bounced back,” first-year BHS head coach Stephen Langdon said.

Five AquaDogs were double winners versus the MHS Rebels and CHS Blue Raiders: senior Kennedy Higdon, a UT Lady Vols signee (100-fly, 100-breast), John Paul Gaylor (200-free, 500-free), Hannah Pinion (200-IM, 500-free), Evan Pinion (200-IM, 100-free), Chris Goodman (100-fly, 100-back) and Whitney Owen (200-free, 50-free)

Evan Pinion, a freshman, “has stepped up well and been a double winner in our dual meets,” Langdon said of his efforts also including 200-free and 500-free.

“Ally Hardesty [sophomore] has also been a double winner for us,” Langdon added about her work in 50-, 100- and 200-free. “She’s extremely fast in the 200-free.”

Also big contributors are BHS captains John Randolph and Meg McWhorter, seniors, and junior captain Kevin Johns.


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