Big Ridge Beats Fort Oglethorpe In CASL White Division

Raiders Now 2-3 Following 51-Point Win Over Marlins

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - by John Hunt

There are certain things in this world that are all but guaranteed.

When it comes to the Chattanooga Area Swim League, you can just about bet that no team in the White Division will ever win a City Meet title.  The odds are pretty good they won't even finish in the top five teams.

But when it comes to measuring a good learning experience and a chance for youngsters to have fun in a summer league environment, those teams in the White division will win hands down every time.

Such was the case at Big Ridge Thursday night. 

The Raiders entered their meet with Fort Oglethorpe with one win in four meets.  The Marlins haven't won a meet all summer.  But if you didn't know better, you'd have thought these two were battling for Olympic medals or a world championship with the way they competed.

Yes, the host Raiders did win he meet with 366 points while the Marlins headed home with 315, but winning and losing swim meets to these guys is the farthest thing from their minds. 

If they give their best effort and they have fun in the process, it's been a victorious event all the way around.

"We had to fill a few gaps, but the younger kids did a great job of stepping up and we showed a lot of improvement tonight," said Christine Anderson, the coach of the Raiders who is working as a realtor in Chattanooga after graduating from the University of Miami where she swam for the Hurricanes.

"We were missing a lot of kids, but we did a whole lot better than I thought we'd do, but we just let them have fun.  Our goal is to try our best and to compete, but having fun is the bottom line," she added.

Rachel Felton will be a junior at Alabama in the fall, but this 20-year-old is having the time of her life coaching summer swimmers.

"I'm really proud of them all and I'm happy that we didn't thrown in tonight.  We'll celebrate with doughnuts at practice tomorrow morning, but these kids have really been working hard and they've made a  lot of progress," Felton nodded.

Tony Womack has been the coach for the Marlins for a number of years and he simply refuses to not have a good time as he patrols the pool deck during a meet.  He knows that winning is nice, but it's not everything.

"Our kids swam their hearts out tonight.  We've made a lot of improvement in just the last two weeks as we're hitting our stride at just the right time," he said while the freestyle relays were winding down.

"We're down on numbers this year, but I can't ask for any more from these kids.  We don't have any 13-14 boys and only two girls in that age group, so we're giving away a lot of points in those races alone.  But the kids don't care about that as they're awesome," he added.

Eight-year-old MaeMae Powe was the leading scorer for Big Ridge with 19 points while older brother Sam was next with 17.  Ava Bourn and Abbey Vernon also scored 17 points for the winners.

Brandon Edge and Miah Lee paced the Fort Oglethorpe effort with 19 and 18 points, respectively.  Reece Gallagher and Joshua Carney both finished with 17 each.

IN OTHER MEETS ON THURSDAY, the Fairyland Flash remained unbeaten in the Red Division following a 472-274 win at Red Bank.  Country Club improved to 3-2 in the Red with a 78-point win over the Waterdogs.

Stuart Heights evened its record at 3-3 with a 401-347 victory over visiting Cleveland in the Blue Division while Ridgeside improved to 5-1 in the White Division with a 398-313 win at Cumberland.


19 -- MaeMae Powe

17 -- Sam Powe, Ava Bourn, Abbey Vernon

16 -- Taylor Milliron

15 -- Alyssa Slater, Julia Quernemoen

14 -- Robert Alford

13 -- Emily Thomson

12 -- Catherine Alford, Claire Calhoun, Jacob Thalos, Hunter Sakson

11 -- Anna Thomson, Catherine Upchurch

10 -- Caleb Sievers.


19 -- Brandon Edge

18 -- Miah Lee

17 -- Reece Gallagher, Joshua Carney

15 -- Hailey Burgess, Timothy DeBord

13 -- Carson Cloud, Ryan Berry

12 -- Elizabeth Edge, Lance Marshall

10 -- Allison Head, Emily Brock.


19 -- Sophia Albarakat

17 -- Jane Anne Haywood

15 -- Madeline Bond, Madison Tumblin

13 -- Elizabeth Hall

10 -- Sarah Barringer, Emma Davidson


19 -- Ester Morris

18 -- Jeremy Morris

16 -- Lucas Tomlinson

15 -- Haily Bell, Kari Morris

14 -- Liam Carpenter

13 -- Brendan Greene

12 -- Elaine MacDougall, Emma Pack

11 -- James Shone.


19 -- Mary Margaret Arrowsmith, Frances Bohner, Ellie Taliaferro, Benjamin Bevill, John Arrowsmith, Carey Nease

17 -- Emily Chalverus, Louisa Bohner, Andrew Horne

15 -- Carley Braman, Erika Lopez-Durel, Pierce Arthur Yates, Leland Holsonback

14 -- Richard Holsonback, John Braman, Matthew Nease, Brown Hayes

12 -- Natalie Lopez-Durel, Madeline Frierson, David Horne, Ryan Chalverus

10 -- Simon Parker, Edward Arrowsmith, Gabriel McBryar.


18 -- Dallas Woods

17 -- Luke Massey

14 -- Amelia Harris

12 -- Megan Bernard

11 -- Shannon Wells, Conagher Smith

10 -- Chase Garner, Macie Meyners, Madison Kosky.


19 -- Juliet Bryant

17 -- Davina Sharma, Tanya Sharma, Eligio Urani, Martin Shapoval, John Bryant

12 -- Christian Fetzner, Mark Moshenskiy

10 -- Maya Sharma, Kyra Nipper, Jesus Lopez, Daniel Gill.


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

17 -- Danyal Gork

15 -- Jane Becksvoort, Emelia Richey, Charles Crump 

14 -- Margaret Crump, Margaret Anne Hudson, Zane Smith

13 -- Laura Brakebill, Erik Buntin, Maxwell Smith

12 -- John Starnes

11 -- Benjamin Workinger, Cooper Bell, Edwin Richey

10 -- Caroline Schemel, Sarah Large, William Gratias.


19 -- Jacob McDaniel, Anna Thompson, Grayson Payne, Trey Parris 

17 -- Alexia Jackson, Grayson Officer

15 -- Luke Bixler

14 -- Lauren Thompson, Kylee Weir,

13 -- Breanna Belcher

11 -- Logan Stutzman

10 -- Ian Frakes, Benjamin Cooper.


19 -- April Forsthoffer, Dennis Sohn

17 -- Emmaline Goldberg, Cooper Lehman, Gwennie Davis, Max Ransom, Sumner Smith

15 -- Scout Chapin, Miles Dzik, Jon Pat Ransom

14 -- Audrey Barkeloo

13 -- Mary Katherine Shumaker, Cayce Grall

12 -- Luke Cockerham, Bella Lehman, Brayden Walker

11 -- Amelia Bustamante, Josie White

10 -- Sam Rutledge, Harrison Howell.

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