Red Bank swim coach Ken Buchanan just had a sneaking suspician that his Gators were in for a good meet on Monday night against the visiting Mosby Park Waterdogs.
The veteran coach was right on the money.
The Waterdogs had the upper hand early with a 60-49 lead after the opening freestyle races. Red Bank was still behind by 111-104 after the breaststroke, but the Gators took the lead with a strong performance in the medley relays.
The difference was 164-151 following those races before Mosby Park made it interesting at the break to trail by only six points at 203-197 following the individual medleys.
The Gators slowly pulled away from that point and finished with a resounding 394-340 victory, Red Bank's second of the season against four defeats.
The win also made up for a somewhat embarrassing 420-337 loss to the Waterdogs in Cleveland just two weeks ago.
"I'm not really surprised with the final score as I think this may have been our first meet with a full lineup," Buchanan said as swimmers, parents and other fans were headed toward the parking lot.
"The kids in our older age groups are our strength and experience, but we have a bunch of younger ones who have really been stepping up. A lot of times when the newer kids dive in, their goggles get all messed up and they spend valuable time fiddling with them. Trey Hassler is a first-year swimmer in the 8-under age group. His goggles came down, but he kept going and never slowed down.
"I really felt like we had the potential to win this meet, but when our kids heard the score and we were ahead, that was the spark that carried us. We always seem to swim better in the second half of the meet. We have some really good folks swimming breaststroke, but we also have some good ones in the back and butterfly events," Buchanan added with a smile.
The Waterdogs were missing a few key swimmers, which caused several forfeits in key relay races. Those were some valuable points to lose, but probably not enough to make up the difference in the meet.
Despite the loss, Mosby Park coach Kristy Snider was upbeat and positive about her team's latest meet.
"I think our kids wore themselves out as we aren't used to swimming in a pool with metric distances. We won some close races and we also lost a few close ones, but we have a bunch of kids who had their best times ever and that's exciting to watch.
"Red Bank did a good job of taking advantage where we didn't have entries, but we always love coming here. It's always good competition here and the Red Bank folks always show really good sportsmanship," Snider added.
Michaela Massey had 19 points to lead the Red Bank attack whhile Bri Rabon, Justin Camp, Luke Massey and Grace Brown all finished with 17.
Maya Sharma was tops for Mosby Park with 19 points while Brian Lineberry and Brody Swafford followed with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
While Red Bank improves to 2-4 overall, the Gators will have a bye on Thursday before going to Calhoun on Monday.
Mosby Park is now 1-4, which includes a forfeit to the Cleveland Aqua Tigers. That meet was suspended by lightning last Thursday, but there are problems with the pool as Mosby Park, so the Waterdog officials just decided to forfeit since Cleveland was ahead at the time the meet was suspended.
The Waterdogs are supposed to host Ringgold on Thursday, but the location of that meet has yet to be determined. Mosby Park then finishes its regular season on July 8 with a trip to Calhoun.
IN OTHER MONDAY MEETS, Signal Mountain and Dalton maintained their spots at the top of the Blue division. The Green Giants improved to 6-0 with a 391-365 victory over Ooltewah while Dalton is now 5-1 after posting a 426-331 win over Fairyland.
Signal Mountain beat Dalton by a 399-362 score on June 13, but the all-important rematch in Dalton is set for next Monday night.
In another Red division meet, the Ringgold Tiger Sharks remained unbeaten after five meets with a 440-293 victory over Calhoun while Country Club and Big Ridge were winners in the White division. Country Club improved to 5-0 with a 434-314 win at Fort Oglethorpe while the Raiders improved to 2-3 with a 338-307 win at Cumberland.
MOSBY PARK HIGH-POINT SCORERS
19 -- Maya Sharma;
18 -- Brian Lineberry;
17 -- Brody Swafford;
16 -- Tanya Sharma;
15 -- Caiden Cross, Davina Sharma;
13 -- John Bryant;
12 -- Lillian Blake, Bristol Snider;
11 -- Luke Hunt, Eric Parker.
RED BANK HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Michaela Massey;
17 -- Bri Rabon, Justin Camp, Luke Massey, Grace Brown;
16 -- Casey Hayman;
15 -- Ricky Haynes, Rachel Smith;
14 -- Amelia Harris, Morgan Long;
13 -- Eddie Birdsong, Macie Mayners;
12 -- Chase Hayman, Asonia Birdsong;
11 -- Ivey Woolf, Dallas Wood;
10 -- Bryce Beard, Morgan Haynes.
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Peter Lochmaier;
18 -- Sam McHugh, Jewel Gordon;
17 -- Maggie Stoval, Stephanie Xian;
16 -- Mathias Porter, Chase Post;
15 -- Sam Vargo, Susanna LaRochelle;
14 -- Jess Vargo;
13 -- David Snyder;
10 -- Thomas Porter, Phillip Pedigo.
OOLTEWAH HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
17 -- Ellie Waldrep, Jake Kiemeyer;
16 -- Julia Dergunov;
15 -- Jaxon Thurman, Haley Grider;
14 -- Joby Nash, Peter Dyr;
13 -- Faith Isbell, Carlin Hudson, Jordan Crumpler;
12 -- Leah Boyd, Taryn Dailey, Reid Wilson;
11 -- Andrew Thomas.
FAIRYLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Kristen Myers;
17 -- Anne Dassow;
14 -- Ellie Taliaferro;
13 -- Mary Margaret Arrowsmith;
12 -- Carly Braman;
11 -- Mary Chapman Hayes, Jane Eiselstein, Ben Bevill;
10 -- Simon Parker, Olivia Nickel.
DALTON HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Hannah Smith, Henry Bethel, Jonathan Shaheen, Raul Valdez, Ethan Young;
17 -- Nicole Seltz, Roman Valdez;
15 -- Alexis Vaughn, Reece Bingham, Jacob Queen, Emilio Valdez, Alex Mashburn, Taylor Mathis;
14 -- Hollie Porter;
13 -- Abby O'Ferrall, Julian Hernandez;
12 -- Will Haley, Ethan Pence;
11 -- Lindsey Mulkey;
10 -- Patrick Calderon, Alan Trejo.
BIG RIDGE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
17 -- MaeMae Powe;
16 -- Robert Alford;
15 -- Julie Quernemoen, Sam Powe;
14 -- Anna Thompson, Aiden Rawlins, Abbey Vernon;
12 -- Joshua Russell;
11 -- Ally Slater, Maria Howard, Reagan Bullington;
10 -- Colin Sawyer.
CUMBERLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Chloe Vernon;
17 -- Ryan Berry;
16 -- Kyle Berry;
15 -- Haily Bell, Alex Roland;
14 -- Essie Morris, Kimberly Morris;
13 -- Colby Henry, Brendan Greene;
12 -- Olivia Malone;
11 -- Karri Morris, Matti Keur, James Shone;
10 -- Elaine MacDougall, Antonio Hatch.
COUNTRY CLUB HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Eric Buntin, Katherine Berce, CeCe Turner, Lee Schemel, McCay Mathis;
17 -- Caroline Schnek;
15 -- Joshua Gable, Laura Lee Brakebill, Maggie Crump;
14 -- Dalton Restelli;
13 -- Amelia Richey, Coner Kinley, Ellie Swan, Harrison Jennings;
12 -- Raif Gork, Hannah Prescott, Anna Brehreads;
11 -- Ela Alexander, Margaret Ann Hudson, Kortney Restelli;
10 -- Cooper Bell, Ty Elliott;
9 -- Jane Becksvoort, Robert Buntin.
FORT OGLETHORPE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Peter Kim;
18 -- Reece Gallagher;
16 -- Emma-Kate White, Lance Marshall;
15 -- Sky Kim, Brandon Edge;
14 -- Bella Lee, Timothy DeBord;
11 -- Miah Lee, Noah Akins;
10 -- Riley Howe;
9 -- Maci Johnson, Julie Kim, Amanda Whitmore.
RINGGOLD HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Kale Davis, Easton O'Donnell, Jeorgia Hicks;
17 -- Regan Wingrove, Jessi Carabo, Jon Lancaster;
16 -- Cassie Rhinehart, Maddie Mills, Evan Moeller, Will Gurley;
15 -- Ava Moeller, Hardy Jones, Bennett Kolff;
13 -- Jackson Barker;
12 -- Emma Pulliam, Devyn Hale;
11 -- Abbey Bradford, Jay Grant, Tripp Church;
10 -- Chipper Grayson, Tori Rhinehart, Caitlin Quinn.
CALHOUN HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
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