Unbeaten Country Club Dominates Ridgeside In White Division Showdown

Wave Makers Make Strong Statement In Battle Of Top Two Teams

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - by John Hunt

It's been a memorable summer for members of the Country Club swim team.

The Wavemakers remained unbeaten after six meets with a resounding 458-237 victory over the visiting Ridgeside Dolphins in a battle of the top two teams in the White division of the Chattanooga Area Swim League.

Let there be no doubt which team has the upper hand at this point in the season. Country Club pinned a 412-331 defeat on the Dolpins on June 10, but the rematch on Thursday was anything but close.

The Wavemakers bolted to a 70-38 lead after the opening freestyle races and they enjoyed a comfortable advantage in all seven events.

  Perhaps the medley relay was the most dominant segment as Country Club won all 10 races in that event to score the maximum 80 points for a 217-94 lead at that point.

It never got any closer.

Country Club coach Stan Corcoran knew before the meet ever began that his team had a distinct advantage in numbers alone. 

"Ridgeside had a lot of kids missing who were on vacation, but I knew that going in, so I wasn't too worried.  This is a summer swim league and families plan their trips then, but we had a pretty full lineup and I thought we swam extremely well," Corcoran suggested after the meet ended.

"We won a lot of close races tonight, but we're swimming better after doing some serious work on starts and turns in recent weeks.  We have some pretty good swimmers, but we can hold our own by just putting bodies on the blocks for each event.

"Our 13-14 girls are our strongest age group, but we have a good group of 9-10 girls who have really scored a lot of points.  We're happy where we are right now, but we still have two more meets.  Anything can happen at a summer swim meet," he added.

Ridgeside coach Tess Antesberger wasn't the least bit fazed by the lopsided nature of the final score.

"We were missing quite a few kids, but we did our best and the kids who were here wanted to race today.  We had a good time," she began with a smile.

"Unfortunately, we didn't have enough to fill some of the relays, but we came here to have fun and do our best.  As long as we do that, we've accomplished our goal.

"We know we can't win every meet, but it went about the way I thought it would," Antesberger added.

The Wavemakers had four individuals who maxed out with 19 points, including Raif Gork, Laura Lee Brakebill, Lee Schemel and McCay Mathis.

Anna Brehreads, Ela Alexander, Margaret Ann Hudson and Katherine Berce all finished with 17 points while Dalton Restelli was next with 16.

The Wavemakers had 23 swimmers who scored at least 10 points.

Clark Danks was the leading scorer for Ridgeside with 18 points while teammates Jack Fitzsimmons and Trey Danks finished with 15 each.   Thomas Sell was next with 13.

While Country Club and Ridgeside remain first and second in the White division, Fort Oglethorpe took over third place with a 366-321 victory over Big Ridge.

Reece Gallagher and Peter Kim were the scoring leaders for the Marlins with 19 points apiece while Emma Kate White was next with 18.  MaeMae Powe and Abbey Vernon both scored 19 points to lead Big Ridge while Catherine Upchurch added 18 for the Raiders.

IN OTHER MEETS THURSDAY, the Cleveland Aqua Tigers remained unbeaten with a 449-299 victory over the Calhoun Blue Barracudas.  Cleveland and Ringgold are both 5-0 and are set for a couple of showdowns next week.  The meet is at Ringgold on Monday while these same two teams swim again on Tuesday at Tinsley Park after that meet was postponed by weather a couple of weeks ago.

Also, the Signal Mountain Green Giants remained unbeaten after seven meets with a lightning-delayed 405-349 victory over the Fairyland Flash.  Another Blue division meet saw Ooltewah improve to 3-4 with a convincing 427-320 victory at Stuart Heights.


18 -- Clark Danks;

15 -- Jack Fitzsimmons, Trey Danks;

13 -- Thomas Sell;

11 -- Rowan Fitzsimmons, Max Wiley, Finn Fitzsimmons, Jane Ann Haywood, Peter Zeglen;

10 -- Brendan Gaffney.


19 -- Raif Gork, Laura Lee Brakebill, Lee Schemel, McCay Mathis;

17 -- Anna Brehreads, Ela Alexander, Margaret Ann Hudson, Katherine Berce;

16 -- Dalton Restelli;

14 -- Will DeBarge, Caroline Schneck, Emila Richey, Ty Elliott, Robert Buntin, Coner Kinley;

13 -- CeCe Turner, Athey Crump;

12 -- Kortney Restelli, Maggie Crump;

11 -- Mitchell Negus, Joshua Gable;

10 -- Jane Becksvoort, Copeland Cobb;

9 -- Jack Elliott, Hanley Edge, John Starnes.


19 -- Reece Gallagher, Peter Kim;

18 -- Emma Kate White;

17 -- Elizabeth Edge, Sky Kim, Noah Akins, Kendall Boran;

15 -- Brandon Edge, Lance Marshall, Emily Brock;

13 -- Riley Howe, Dylan Walker;

12 -- Joshua Carney;

10 -- Lexi Easley, Timothy De Bord..


19 -- MaeMae Powe, Abbey Vernon;

18 -- Catherine Upchurch;

16 -- Sam Powe;

15 -- Pamela Avendano Rubi;

14 -- Anna Thompson;

13 -- Julie Quernemoen, Aaron Jerd;

12 -- Alden Vernon;

10 -- Robert Alford.


19 -- Lauren Thompson, Grayson Officer, Alexia Jackson, Grayson Payne;

18 -- Abigail Jones;

17 -- Jacob McDaniel, Trey Parris;

16 -- Logan Foley;

15 -- Gracelyn Jackson, Jason Chung;

13 -- Devon Franks, Kylee Weir, Max Cooper, Adam Foster;

12 -- Tiffany Harricharrn, Harper Fuller, Blake Odum, Mackenzie Mahan;

11 -- Guy Shelton, Jasper Culpepper;

10 -- Haley Erickson, Luke Belcher.


None reported.


19 -- Regan Wingrove, Evan Moeller, Jeorgia Hicks;

18 -- Easton O'Donnell;

17 -- Emma Pulliam, Jessi Carabo, Jackson Barker, Will Gurley;

15 -- Tori Rhinehart;

14 -- James Stowers;

13 -- Maddie Mills, Jay Grant;

12 -- Kale Davis, Cassie Rhinehart, Nathan Watson;

11 -- Ava Moeller, Chipper Grayson, Tripp Church, Matthew Vowell, Caitlin Quinn;

10 -- Abbey Bradford, Hardy Jones, Bennett Kolff, Devyn Hale, Emilee Jones, Rylee O'Donnell.


19 -- Eligio Urani;

17 -- Davina Sharma;

16 -- Brody Swafford;

13 -- Brian Lineberry;

12 -- Kyra Nipper, Maya Sharma;

11 -- Tanya Sharma, Bristol Snider;

10 -- Katie Estes, Ridge Asble.


19 -- Mary Margaret Arrowsmith, Kristen Myers;

17 -- Simon Parker;

13 -- David Horne, Joseph Nease, Ellie Taliaferro;

12 -- Carley Braman, Kylie Eiselstein, Chloe Haren;

11 -- Ben Bevill, Jane Eiselstein, Colmore Hurst, Elizabeth Wilson;

10 -- Olivia Nickel.


19 -- Jewel Gordon, Peter Lochmaier;

18 -- Charlie Han;

17 -- Stephanie Xian, Daniel Snyder;

15 -- Jamee Mitchum;

14 -- Nicole Hanson, Sam Flack;

13 -- Chase Post, James Johnson, Thomas Porter, Chapman Varnell;

12 -- Megan Hanson, Philip Pedigo;

10 -- James Post, Eleanor Porter.


19 -- Ellie Waldrep, Carlin Hudson, Jake Kiemeyer, Andrew Thomas;

17 -- Jaxon Thurman, Jordan Crumpler;

16 -- Joby Nash, Peter Oyr;

15 -- Leah Boyd, Reid Wilson;

14 -- Carter Miller;

13 -- Faith Isbell, Emma Scruggs;

12 -- Taryn Dailey, Jonathan Boyd;

11 -- Laken Coppinger, Avery Wilson, Luke Waldrep;

10 -- Kenzie Campbell, Luke Burks.


19 -- Noah Dzik, Mikaya Reynolds;

17 -- Audrey Barkeloo;

14 -- George von Cannon;

13 -- Josie White;

12 -- Alex Smith, Mary Katherine Schumaker, Mimi Doi;

11 -- Samantha Elliott;

10 -- Ryan Smith, Reese Skiles, Sumner Smith, Emily Arnold, Jon Pat Ransom.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)

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