Unbeaten Fairyland Swimmers Win A Close One

Flash Now 4-0 Following 23-Point Win At Ringgold

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - by John Hunt

It didnt' matter that the meet was delayed almost an hour by lightning or that they had to drive down Lookout Mountain and travel clear across town, the Fairyland Flash is still unbeaten in the Red Division of the Chattanooga Area Swim League following their closest meet of the year.

They had beaten the Ringgold Tiger Sharks by a substantial margin in the first meet of the season, but it was much closer on Thursday night in the Ringgold pool as the Flash improved to 4-0 with the 23-point win, outscoring their hosts by 385.5-362.5.

Both teams were missing some key team members and the respective coaches had to scramble to fill empty slots as they bumped some kids up an age group while giving other backups a chance to shine. As it turns out, Fairyland did a better job of that than Ringgold.

But this meet was a dandy from the opening freestyle races as it was close from start to finish.

Ringgold had the upper hand early with a 59-50 lead following those freestyle battles.  The Tiger Sharks still had the lead after the breaststroke (110-108), but the Flash took charge in the medley relays to lead for the first time at 172-162.

The difference was 13 points following the individual medleys before Ringgold rallied for a 58-52 edge in the backstroke to trail by just seven points with two events remaining.

Those missing swimmers for Ringgold took their toll in the butterfly races as the Flash surged into a 23-point lead at the end of those and that was the final margin of victory.

"I think we beat them by 73 points at our place, but we were missing at least 50 kids tonight which made for a much closer meet," said Caroline Bentley, one of the Fairyland coaches.

"A meet like this is good for our team, but we've lost some close races we shouldn't have lost.  We have a pretty big team this year, which means that when someone is out, somebody else steps in to take their place.  That was certainly the case tonight," Bentley added.

"It's always more fun when it's a close meet as the kids are more invested in what they're doing," said Kendall Jacobs, another Flash coach.

"Cheering for your buddies in a close race is what it's all about and we've done pretty well tonight.  However, this has been a telling meet for us as we've been disqualified for things we shouldn't have done and we've had a few other mental lapses that cost us points.  But a win in this league is always good and I'm really happy with the way we swam," Jacobs concluded with a smile.

Ringgold coach Todd Jones echoed similar feelings.

"We got beat pretty good up at their place, but we're really putting up a fight tonight," he said while watching the freestyle relays and not knowing just how close the score really was at that point.

"We've had a lot of dropped times and our 9-10 boys have really had a strong showing.  We've had a great effort across the board and that's what I'm always looking for.  What we're doing is working and we just need to stay with the plan.

"If we're dropping times, then we're succeeding.  If we win the meet, then it's just icing on the cake," Jones added.

While Fairyland was winning a close one, Country Club was another winner in the Red Division.  Signal Mountain and Dalton were both victorious in the Blue while White winners included Ridgeside and Calhoun.


19 -- Ellie Taliaferro, Ethan Bevill

17 -- Kristen Myers, Emrick Garret, Anna Ward

15 -- Carley Braman

14 -- Louisa Bohner, Kylie Eiselstein

12 -- Frances Bohner, Katharine Whitener, Madalyne Mullins, Colmore Hurst, Thomas Brown, Gabriel McBryar

11 -- Caroline Barnes, Andrew Horne.


19 -- Regan Wingrove, Jon Lancaster, Easton O'Donnell

17 -- Will Gurley

16 -- Evan Wingrove

15 -- Emma Pulliam, Tori Rhinehart

14 -- Dylan Browning

13 -- Evan Moeller, Pierce Lively

12 -- Hardy Jones

11 -- Rylee O' Donnell, Saulye Nichols, Tripp Church

10 -- Maren Gwaltney, Sara Beth Moore, Jacob Stanley.


17 -- Amelia Harris, Luke Massey

14 -- Dallas Woods

13 -- Catherine chlegel, Michaela Massey, Samuel Meaghen

12 -- Chase Garner, Conagher Smith, Chase Hayman

10 -- Daniel Cox, Jonah King.


19 -- McCay Mathis, Cecelia Turner, Emelia Richey, Robert Buntin, William Turner

17 -- Margaret Anne Hudson, Danyal Gork, Maxwell Smith, Zane Restelli

15 -- Zane Smith

14 -- Jane Becksvoort, William Gratias

13 -- Edwin Richey

12 -- Laura Brakebill, John Starnes, Erik Buntin

11 -- Caroline Schemel, Madalyn Reichman, Victoria Norris

10 -- Dalton Restelli, Harrison Jennings.


19 -- Bella Lee

16 -- Camden Cloud

15 -- Mia Lee, Joshua Carney, Elizabeth Edge

13 -- Carson Cloud, Timothy Deborah

11 -- Hailey Burgess, Kendall Boran

10 -- Alexis Fogtman, Morgan Easley, Chaise Maynor, Megan Easley, Brandon Edge.


17 -- Katheryn Zeglen, Finn Fitzsimmons

16 -- Elizabeth Hall, Joseph Danks

15 -- Janelle Wigal, Sophia Albarakat, Madison Tumblin, Adams Robinson

14 -- Camille Albarakat, Nicolas Robinson

13 -- Tajarah Goodman, Wyatt Williamson

12 -- Madeline Bond, Harold Danks III, Jack Fitzsimmons, Hollis Gaffney, Owen Williamson

11 -- Andrew Bond, Max Milam

10 -- Walter Staszewski.


18 -- George von Canon

17 -- Mary Katherine Schumaker

15 -- Sumner Smith

14 -- Emmaline Goldberg, Josie White

13 -- Sam Rutledge

12 -- Cooper Lehman

11 -- Scout Chapin, Bella Lehman, Dennis Sohn

10 -- Braydon Walker


19 -- Ella Gordon, Jewel Gordon, Sam McHugh

18 -- Maggie Stovall, Susanna LaRochelle

17 -- Laken Coppinger, Chase Post, Thomas Porter, Mathias Porter

15 -- Stephanie Xien, Jamee Mitchum

14 -- Daniel Snyder, Will Tippett

12 -- Katherine Johnson, Cecilia Porter

11 -- Shiloh Chamberlain, Phillip Pedigo.


19 -- Roman Valdez, Ross Valdez, Alex Mashburn, Reese Bingham, Ethan Young, Mary Pike

17 -- Will Haley, Carlin Hudson, Raul Valdez, Ninive Arriola

15 -- Alex Withrow, Henry Bethel

14 -- Ava Whited

12 -- Franco Valdez, Anthony Calderon-Schuler, Oscar Chenard

11 -- Luc Chenard, Tanner Storey

10 -- Shawn Bailey.


None submitted.


17 -- MaeMae Powe, Sam Powe

15 -- Julia Quernemoen, Aiden Shaw

14 -- Alana Ratchford

13 -- Taylor Milliron

12 -- Emily Thompson

11 -- Robert Alford

10 -- Alyssa Slater, Abbey Vernon.


19 -- Alice Workman, Micah Klingbeil, Cal Parker, Kailey Klingbeil, Bryant Mathis

17 -- Brandon Webb, Nena Marcus, Kathryn Russell

16 -- Joshua Tolson

15 -- Luke Driscoll, Cassandra Workman, Ethan Sullivan

13 -- Micah Fromm

12 -- Daniel Sullivan

11 -- Cody Workman

10 -- Sydney Terry, Cecelia Swink

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)

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