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Boys relay teams set records, push Village Green to GKAISA title

The Village Green Swim Club culminated its 2011 season by winning its third Greater Knoxville Area Interclub Swimming Association championship in four years Sunday, July 24, at The University of Tennessee's Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatics Center.

Village Green, which won GKAISA in 2008 and 2009, claimed its latest title with a late surge in the final relay races. The 15-to-18 year-old boys 200-yard freestyle relay team of Isaac Taylor, Hayden Baker, Josh Lucheon and Mitchell Yount closed the meet with a record-breaking effort of 1:24.80 that sealed the victory.

Our senior boys relay teams set six records in the eight events, said Taylor, a 2010 Farragut High School graduate and recent UT commitment. It was totally awesome, but I wouldn't have expected anything different. We came here to set records and that's what we did. This was a breakout meet for us.

With 1,819.5 points, Village Green edged Knoxville Racquet Club by 66 points. Concord Hills Recreation Association finished fourth with 1,103.5 points.

Village Green's senior relay team also set a record in the 200 medley relay with a mark of 1:34.70 and shaved nearly three seconds off its previous record time of 1:37.57, which was set last season.

Stephen Langdon, Village Green first-year head coach, said he was amazed by his senior boys relay team's effort.

I've been to a lot of meets but I've never seen a relay team do anything like this, said Langdon, previously a long-time VG Gators assistant coach. They swam hard and didn't give up anything.

While Village Green's senior boys relay team darted to center stage on this day, the members of that squad had several other individual stellar performances.

Taylor won the 50-freestyle in a record time of 20.75 seconds; Blake Macnair of Gettysvue Country Club Gliders took second (21.49).

Lucheon claimed the 50-yard backstroke crown (24.21).

Taylor also set a record in the 100-freestyle with a mark of 46.02. He shaved .03 seconds of his previous record, which he set 48 hours earlier in the preliminaries. Macnair took second (46.99).

I coached Isaac since he was a little kid and it was great to see him have this kind of success in his final meet, Langdon said.

Taylor credited his coaches, including Langdon and assistant coach Anita Dinwiddie (longtime Village Green head coach).

I like to thank God and our coaches, Taylor said. We wouldn't have gotten here if it weren't for our coaches, especially Anita.

I've had a lot of coaches throughout my career. Anita has been the best. She's like a second mother to me. She comes right to me and tells me exactly what I need to do.

Baker set a record in the 50- butterfly (22.51 seconds).

In the 15-18 girls 50-freestyle, local swimmers swept the top three spots as Samantha Starnes of Gettysvue won the event in 24.96 seconds. Village Green's Ali Gilbertson was second (25.04) and Concord Hills' Kelsey Elam was third (25.28).

Gettysvue won the 9-10 mixed 100-free relay with the team of Daniel Eshleman, Lane Thompson, Emma Waddell and Shiell Parker (58.80).

Gettysvue's senior mixed 200 free relay team of Samantha Starnes, Thomas Slack, Erin Kenny and Macnair took second with a time of 1:34.57.

Sugarwood's Morgan Carbaugh claimed the 9-10 25-breaststroke (18.35). Emily Carlevato of Concord Hills was second (18:81).

Gettysvue's 9-and-10 year old 100-medley relay team of Peyton Benko, Tirgrath, Addison Smith and Macy Hudson posted a victorious record time of 1:03.02.

Fox Den Country Club swept the top two slots in girls 11-12 50-freestyle. Stephanie Tymoszuk finished first (26.81) while Abigail Rumpp was second (27.28).

Concord Hills took first and second in senior 200-individual medley. Chandler Ott won the event (2:11.55). Teammate Margaret Stansberry was second (2:13.36).

Concord Hills' 16-year old swimmer Jessica Scott also had a big day, winning the 50-breaststroke (27.23).

She also teamed with Ott, Elam and Kristina Ksarjian to win the 200-medley relay in a record time of 1:51.98.

Village Green 8-year old Benjamin Kozemko won his section of the 100-individual medley (1:34.30) and finished second in the 25-yard breaststroke (22.02).

Village Green 12-year old Ty Chandler won the 50-free (25.49).

Concord Hills' 11-12 200 medley relay team of Matthew Holztrager, Stephen Carlevato, Ben Thomas and Paul Schecter also was victorious (2:03.58).

Scholarship winners: Village Green's Amanda Dinwiddie and Bryn Lindsay of Concord Hills each won a Tom Schumann Scholarship. Matt Bowers (Concord Hills) received a Bill Laver Scholarship.


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