The first day of live action in the 2014 Chattanooga Area Swim League is now in the books.
Oh, there was plenty of confusion and youngsters not really sure of where they were supposed to be and when. Throw in the fact that each group of official scorers are dealing with a new computer program and it's safe to say that just about everyone was a bit nervous on the first day.
The Signal Mountain Green Giants made their trip to Stuart Heights a worthwhile one as they posted a 470-275 victory over the Sharks in the first meet for new head coach Stephanie Cohen. It was also the head coaching debut for Stuart Heights' Arden Pittman.
While Signal Moutain was cruising to its first win of the season, the Dalton Dolphins maintained pace in the Blue Division with an impressive 486.5-232.5 victory over the Cleveland Aqua Tigers.
The Country Club Wavemakers and the Fairyland Flash both had big wins in the Red Division with Country Club going to Red Bank for a 424-255 win while the Flash got to enjoy the comforts of home in a 407.5-333.5 victory over Ringgold.
Calhoun and Ridgeside were White Division winners with Calhoun defeating Big Ridge by a 421.5-241.5 final and Ridgeside slipping past Fort Oglethorpe, 390-316.
Cohen has been an assistant swim coach at Baylor for the past three years, but Monday was her formal introduction into the summer league. She appeared to handle it with little fanfare and a minimal amount of confusion. Add to those facts that she has some experienced swimmers and her job on the first day was really downright easy.
At least, it looked that way.
"It's really gone well for us as I just told them to have fun and to do their best. They've done a phenomenal job, especially those who are swimming in their first meet," Cohen said while the Freestyle relays were winding down.
"It's a huge learning process for me, but I just hope that we can continue to improve. There are some technical things we need to work on, but we have a lot of year-round swimmers and that helps a lot. But the goal is to keep winning and to do as well if not better than we've done in the past," she added with a smile.
Pittman will be entering her senior season swimming for the Tennessee Lady Vols, so she spends more time with her own training than she does with her new team. In a nutshell, she spends most of her time in or around the swimming pool.
But for a talented young lady who will celebrate her 21st birthday on June 12, she seems to making all the pieces to the puzzle fit like a glove.
"Our kids did really great today. Our numbers were low as we had several key swimmers out of town, but everyone else stepped up and did their job.
"I know it's really early in the season, but we're going to have a good team. We still have whole lot to work on, but I'm really proud of how they raced today. We were missing a lot of our stronger swimmers as most were at the beach, but I have a lot of faith in our coaches and the parents are really supportive.
"I feel like our 8 and under age groups will be our strongest and they all performed really well tonight.
"We've got to start somewhere and now we have times we can improve on. It's going to be a fun and exciting summer," the former Baylor graduate nodded.
While the Sharks will have a bye on Thursday, the Green Giants will be at home to host Cleveland.
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Ella Gordon, Charlie Han, Cecila Porter, Jamee Mitchum, Thomas Porter, Sam McHugh;
17 -- Will Tippett, Chase Post;
15 -- Vincent Porter, Jake Smith;
14 -- Ellie Jenkins, Susanna LaRochelle;
12 -- Shiloh Chamberlain, Katherine Johnson, Lila Edwards, Emily Huesman, Chapman Varnell, Daniel Snyder;
11 -- Laken Coppinger, James Post, Peter Lochmaier;
10 -- Zoe Chamberlain, Lainey Jenkins.
FAIRYLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Ben Bevill, Ethan Bevill, Kristen Myers, Ellie Taliaferro;
17 -- Frances Bohner, Natalie Lopez-Durel;
15 -- Louisa Bohner;
14 -- Anne Dassow, Colmore Hurst;
13 -- Meredith Bevill, Anna Ward;
12 -- Caroline Barnes, Carley Braman, Tate Holsonback, David Horne, Lizzie Wilson;
11 -- Kylie Eiselstein;
10.5 -- Ryan Chalverus;
10 -- Jane Eiselstein.
RINGGOLD HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Jon Lancaster, Easton O'Donnell, Regan Wingrove;
17 -- Pierce Lively;
15 -- Evan Moeller;
13 -- Emma Pulliam;
12 -- Saulye Nichols;
11 -- Hardy Jones, Bennett Kolff, Rylee O'Donnell, Evan Wingrove;
10 -- Jacob Stanley, Kale Davis, Chipper Grayson, Nick Van Alstine.
COUNTRY CLUB HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Abbey Large, Will Turner, CeCe Turner;
17 -- Robert Buntin, Zane Smith;
16 -- Margaret Ann Hudson;
15 -- Ward Richey, Max Smith, Maddie Reichman, Raif Gork, MCay Mathis;
14 -- Frances Berglun, Addie Margo, Zane Restelli, Emelia Richey;
13 -- Sophie Workinger;
12 -- Dalton Restelli, Carter Edge, Laura Lee Brakebill;
11 -- Lisa Yates;
10 -- Erik Buntin, Elle Swan, Athey Crump, Maggie Crump;
9 -- Jane Bucksnort, Jacksn Scotchie, Kortney Restelli.
RED BANK HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
16 -- Bryce Beard, Conagher Smith;
15 -- Michaela Massey;
13 -- Daniel Cox;
10 -- Chase Garner, Macie Meyners, Austin Camp, Casey Hayman.
FORT OGLETHORPE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Emma Kate White,
17 -- Miah Lee, Bella Lee;
15 -- Carson Cloud, Lance Marshall;
14 -- Sophie Westbrook;
13 -- Reahgan Howe, Timothy DeBord;
12 -- Morgyn Easley, Brayden Carney, Joshua Carney, Mason Weaver;
11 -- Kendall Boran;
10 -- Lily Roloff.
(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@Comcast.net)