Unbeaten Dalton Swimmers Dunk Signal Mountain

Dolphins Now 6-0 Following 448-316 Romp

Monday, June 30, 2014 - by John Hunt

DALTON, Ga. -- The Dalton Dolphins took a road trip to Signal Mountain on June 12 and headed back to Whitfield County with an impressive 30-point win over the Green Giants.

The Dolphins proved that earlier result wasn't a fluke as these same two teams meet Monday afternoon here at the Dalton Recreation Park.

It wasn't nearly as close the second time as the Dolphins dominated from start to finish, improving to 6-0 in the Chattanooga Area Swim League's Blue Division with the impressive and lopsided 448-316 victory.

The Green Giants concluded their regular season at 6-2 while Dalton travels to Stuart Heights next Monday before finishing the regular season at Ooltewah on Thursday, July 10 where they will conclude the meet that was suspended by storms on June 5.  The Tidal Waves had a seven-point lead before the break.

Signal Mountain was leading Cleveland by 137-80 on June 5, but it will not be made up as Cleveland elected to let that be the final score and chose to not make the return trip to Signal Mountain.

But on a night when both teams were a little tired from a big weekend meet at Auburn and when the Green Giants were missing a host of normal high-point scorers, this meet was never in doubt.

Dalton raced to a 66-44 lead after the 10 freestyle races and it only got worse from that point on.    The difference was 246-182 at the mid-meet break before the Dolphins enjoyed their biggest advantage with a 71-39 difference in the backstroke.

Both coaches were aware of the situation long before the meet started, so they were both more relaxed than normal as they let the meet just run its course.

"This isn't the score I'd like to see, but we have a lot of kids on the blocks tonight who are not regulars," said Signal Mountain coach Stephanie Cohen while the freestyle relays were taking place.

"I knew we'd be missing a lot of good kids tonight, but this is a great chance for some of the others to step up and get some valuable experience.  I appreciate them as all I was asking for was their best effort.  I got it across the board.

"But give a lot of credit to Dalton as they have a fantastic team.  Now we just have to focus on getting ready for the City Meet," she concluded, knowing that her team will be right in the thick of the race as hey defend their title at Warner Park on July 11-12.

Dalton coach Charles Todd didn't get back home until the middle of the afternoon.  Early morning showers cancelled most of the Dolphins practice, but they were more than ready when the first race began.

"I know that some of my kids are tired from a long weekend, but I'm really pleased with how we swam tonight," he began while talking to some Dalton parents.

"We really put the hammer down in some of the relays, but I feel like we made a statement tonight.  It seems like we've been winning most of the dual meets with them for the last five or six years, but they always come back to win the City meet.  I'm just hoping that we respond in a positive way as we get ready for it.

"This is a fun summer league, but there are a lot of highly-competitive swimmers.  The key for us tonight was depth and numbers as we had both quality and quantity.  We didn't have a single hole in our lineup.

"We try to gear up for our meets with Signal, but we're normally pretty tough at home.  And I know that they are missing a bunch of their best kids, so that final score is really misleading," Todd nodded.

Alexander Withrow, Payton Woodring, Roman Valdez, Ross Valdez and Ethan Young all scored the maximum 19 points for the victorious Dalton team.

Jewel Gordon, Laken Coppinger and Maggie Stovall all had 19 for the Green Giants.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

19 -- Jewel Gordon, Laken Coppinger, Maggie Stovall

15 -- Stephanie Xian, Susanna LaRochelle

13 -- Jess Vargo

12 -- Ellie Mitchum

11 -- Jamee Mitchum, William Trombley

10 -- Maggie Boggs.

DALTON HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

19 -- Alexander Withrow, Payton Woodring, Roman Valdez, Ross Valdez, Ethan Young

17 -- Alex Mashburn

16 -- Raul Valdez

15 -- Will Haley

14 -- Alexis Vaughn, Reese Bingham, Carlin Hudson, Tyler Stephenson, Tanner Storey

13 -- Lucien Chenard

12 -- Franco Valdez, Andrea Arriiola, Bruno Valdez, Shawn Bailey, Henry Bethel, Hannah Smith

11 -- Abby O'Ferrall, Oscar Chenard

10 -- Gracison Saylors, Ava Whited, Kaylin Woodring, Mary Pike.

STUART HEIGHTS HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

19 -- Emmaline Goldberg

18 -- April Forsthoffer

17 -- Gwennie Davis, Jon Pat Ransom, Sam Rutledge

14 -- Mary Katheryne Shumaker, Dennis Sohn

13 -- Missy Karman

12 -- Alex Smith, Chris Butler, Noah Dzik

11 -- Amelia Bustamante, Brayden Walker, Luke Cockerham, Cooper Lehman, Sam Raiford

10 -- Max Ransom

OOLTEWAH HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

19 -- Leah Boyd, Ellie Waldrep, Peter Dyr, Joby Nash

17 -- Brighton Smith, Jacob Kiemeyer, Aidan Sims, Reid Wilson

16 -- Luke Waldrep

15 -- Avery Wilson, Emma Scruggs

14 -- Haley Grider

13 -- Kenzie Campbell

12 -- Jillian Cantrell, Cameron Martin

11 -- Jonathan Boyd

10 -- Julia Dergunov, Garet Gipson.

RIDGESIDE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

19 -- Sophia Albarakat, Harold Danks III, Adams Robinson

17 -- Jack Fitzsimmons

16 -- Madison Tumblin, Finnegan Fitzsimmons

15 -- Janelle Wigal, Jane Anne Haywood

13 -- Joseph Danks

12 -- Kathryn Zeglen, Maxwell Wiley, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Max Milam

11 -- Noah Akins

10 -- Sarah Barringer, Aidan Parks, Thomas Sell, Taylor Clarke.

BIG RIDGE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

19 -- Alyssa Slater, Julia Quernemoen

17 -- Aiden Shaw

16 -- Robert Alford

15 -- Emily Thomson, Abbey Vernon, Amelia Hunt, Evan Simpson

12 -- Catherine Alford

11 -- Reagan Bullington, Caleb Sievers

10 -- Molly Calhoun, Alana Ratchford, Ava Bourn, Christopher Tate.

RINGGOLD HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

19 -- Regan Wingrove, Sarah Beth Moore, Emma Pulliam, Easton Odonnell, Jon Lancaster

17 -- Tori Rhinehart, Will Gurley, Evan Wingrove, Gabriel Johnson

15 -- Saulye Nichols, Dylan Browning

14 -- Isabella Sweat, Evan Moeller, Owen Eastman

13 -- Pierce Lively

12 -- Julia Striker, Alex Van Alstine, Jacob Stanley, Kale Davis

11 -- Will Riddell

10 -- Rylee Odonnell.

RED BANK HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

19 -- Dallas Woods

17 -- Amelia Harris

15 -- Luke Massey

14 -- Bri Rabon, Catherine Lynch

13 -- Michaela Massey, Chase Garner

12 -- Linsy Devlin, Macie Meyners.

11 -- Kate Schlegel.

CALHOUN HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

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

17 -- Cecilia Swine, Cassandra Workman, Kathryn Russell, Bryn Anderson, Daniel Sullivan, Jacob Tolson

16 -- Brandon Webb, Luke Driscoll

15 -- Emily Driscoll, Ethan Sullivan

14 -- Bryce Bates

12 -- Laney Holsomback, Joshua Tolson, Cody Workman

11 -- Caitlyn Clardy, Reese Hood, Ryan Hood, Micah Fromm

10 -- Katherine Sullivan.

CUMBERLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

19 -- Abi Austin

16 -- Lauren Alexander

15 -- Essie Morris, Liam Carpenter

14 -- Emma Pack

10 -- Brendan Greene

FAIRYLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

19 -- Frances Bohner, Simon Parker, Benjamin Bevill, Andrew Horne, Ethan Bevill

17 -- Mary Margaret, Carley Braman, Ellie Taliaferro, David Horne, Colmore Hurst, Dean Magat

15 -- Kylie Eiselstein, Gabriel McBryar

14 -- Madeleine Frierson

13 -- Natalie Lopez-Durel

12 -- Kristen Myers, Anna Ward, Ryan Chalverus

11 -- Katherine Ward

10 -- Caroline Barnes, Anne Dassow.

WATERDOGS HIGH-POINT SCORERS:

19 -- Tanya Sharma

15 -- Brian Lineberry

14 -- Brendon Ruckman

13 -- David Hunt

12 -- Davina Sharma

11 -- Mark Moshensky.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@Comcast.net)


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