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UT signees’ titles lead AquaDogs to No. 2 in state

Though Bearden’s AquaDogs didn’t capture the swimming and diving team state title Saturday night, Feb. 13, in Nashville, Kennedy Higdon and James Dail came home as individual champs.

Dail, a Tennessee Volunteers diving signee, captured the one-meter state diving crown with 467.55 points. Higdon, a UT Lady Vols swimming signee named state female “Swimmer of the Year” in 2009, claimed the 500-yard freestyle title (4:52.48) and finished third in 200-IM 2:05.39.

Lisa Bogosian of BHS was state runner-up in girls diving with 309.45 points.

Bearden managed a second place overall team finish (328) behind champion Baylor (624). Webb School of Knoxville was sixth, Farragut eighth, Hardin Valley Academy ninth and Knoxville Catholic 15th.

The AquaDog girls took fourth behind No. 1 Baylor, with HVA sixth. Bearden’s boys finished fourth behind champion Montgomery Bell Academy, with Webb seventh and Farragut 10th.

Evan Pinion, BHS freshman who has kept a modest tone despite breaking Michael Phelps’ 400-meter freestyle record at the Junior Nationals Long Course meet before setting a KISL meet record in the 200-IM late last month, made noise at state. He took third in 500-free (4:27.59) and fourth in 200-free (1:41.44).

Bearden’s John Paul Galyon finished fourth in 500-free (4:33.75), while the BHS girls 400-free foursome of Ally Hardesty, Whitney Owen, Hannah Pinion and Higdon took fourth (3:37.78).

Hardin Valley was led by Jenny Darby’s second-place effort in 200-free (1:51.16). “That was an automatic All-American time,” HVA head coach Andrew Wagner said. Darby was fourth in 100-backstroke (57.62).

Lady Hawk Rachel Cruze was fourth in 50-free (24.22), while the foursome of Darby, Conny Zhao, Chelsea Kyle and Cruze took fourth in 200-medley relay.

FHS’s top effort came from Hayden Baker, third in men’s 100-butterfly (49.74). Alex Ward of Webb took fourth in 100-fly (50.19).


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