It's the goal of every coach in the Chattanooga Area Swim League for their kids to give their best effort, but to make sure to have a little fun along the way.
Oh, things get serious when each race begins and it stays that way until each individual reaches the wall at the finish, but the coaches are getting their point across and they're getting results to prove it.
Such was the case on the side of Missionary Ridge Monday evening when the Ridgeside Dolphins hosted the Cumberland Currents.
The Dolphins won for the second straight Monday and are now 2-0 following the 424-319 victory over their North Moore Road neighbors. And from the looks on the faces of each youngster who took part, they appeared to have a great time in the process.
The Dolphins built a 63-47 lead after the opening freestyle races and they never looked back as they had the scoring edge in each of the seven events. The Currents had their best results in the butterfly when Ridgeside had a 53-52 advantage.
But despite the numbers, everyone left with a smile on his or her face.
"I think we all had a good time tonight, but that's the goal," said Tess Antesberger, who shares head coaching responsibility with Abby Gibbons for Ridgeside.
"I was out of town last week and unable to be here, but the progress we made in just a week has been incredible. We still have a lot to work on, but we have a little momentum and we just hope to keep it going. We're doing really well so far," she said while the freestyle relays were being contested.
"It's gone well, but we're learning a lot and having fun," said Gibbons before the meet ended.
"The older kids have been setting a good example for the younger ones and offering really positive support. We're looking to have an outstanding season.
"I swam on this team when I was a little girl, so it's an honor for me to be able to coach these kids. Now I've got to get ready to get wet," she said, knowing that the winning coaches always get pushed in when it's over.
Danielle Rungruang and Julie Thornburg are among the Cumberland coaches who too have seen a lot of progress in a short period of time.
"These kids are actually racing and we're excited about that," Rungruang said while trying to maintain organization by the starting blocks as the last relays were going on.
"These kids have a whole lot of team spirit and they're really pulling for each other. That's something we've lacked in recent years. I don't really care if we win or lose as long as we swim hard and have fun. But we're really pleased with our progress," she added.
"The kids have done great, especially the new ones who have never been in this situation before," said Thornburg.
"These new ones have really tried their hardest and they've finished their races. I just try to make sure they're where they're supposed to be and that they do their best.
"We had one young man who is nine who had trouble swimming one length when he started, but he just finished the 50-meter backstroke. That's what I love about coaching these kids.
"We all love to win, but if we don't and our kids have swam well, it's been a good meet," the veteran coach smiled.
Sophia Albarokat, Harold Danks and Adams Robinson all scored the maximum 19 points for the victorious Dolphins. Finnegan Fitzsimmons was next with 16.
Abi Austin was tops for Cumberland with 19 points while Seth Broadons and Jeremy Morris both finished with 15.
Cumberland will be on the road again Thursday with a trip to Calhoun while Ridgeside will be at home to host Big Ridge.
CUMBERLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Abi Austin;
15 -- Seth Broadons, Jeremy Morris;
14 -- Haily Bell, Lauren Alexander;
13 -- Essie Morris, Kari Morris;
12 -- Liam Carpenter;
11 -- Brendan Greene;
10 -- Matti Keur, Lucas Tomlinson, Jordan Schone.
RIDGESIDE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Sophia Albarokat, Harold Danks, Adams Robinson;
16 -- Finnegan Fitzsimmons;
15 -- Camille Mason, Madison Tumblin, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Jack Fitzsimmons;
14 -- Tyler Stoszewski, Burke Murphy, Max Milam, Wilson Bowen, Noah Akins;
13 -- Jane Ann Haywood;
12 -- Nicholas Robinson;
11 -- Madeline Bonds, Meredith Blohn;
10 -- Ella Wiley, Robert Mason, Joseph Danks.
BIG RIDGE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Evan Simpson;
18 -- Abbey Vernon;
17 -- Claire Calhoun, Robert Bullington, Sam Powe, Aiden Shaw;
16 -- MaeMae Powe;
13 -- Jonathan Russell;
12 -- Alyssa Slater;
11 -- Grace Alford, Anna Thompson, Amelia Hunt;
10 -- Robert Alford, Jacob Thalos.
FORT OGLETHORPE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Emma Kate White, Miah Lee, Reece Gallagher, Timothy DeBord;
17 -- Brandon Edge, Joshua Carney;
16 -- Elizabeth Edge;
15 -- Reahgan Howe;
13 -- Isabella Lee;
11 -- Kendall Boran, Megan Easley, Lance Marshall;
10 -- Allison Head, Sophie Westbrooks, Brayden Carney.
FAIRYLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Ben Bevill;
18 -- Ellie Taliaferro;
17 -- Ethan Bevill, Bennett Brock;
15 -- Grant McBryar, Jane Eiselstein, Caroline Barnes;
14 -- Natalie Lopez-Durel, P. A. Yates;
13 -- Carley Braman;
12 -- Anne Dassow, Maddie Frierson, Andrew Horne, Kristen Myers, Anna Ward;
11 -- John Arrowsmith, David Horne, Joseph Nease, Matthew Nease;
10.5 -- Izzy Willingham;
10 -- Ryan Chalverus, Brown Hayes.
RED BANK HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
18 -- Dallas Woods;
16 -- Kate Schlegel;
14 -- Luke Massey, Chase Garner;
13.5 -- Chase Hayman;
13 -- Catherine Lynch, Amelia Harris;
11 -- Maci Meyners, Linsy Devlin;
10.5 -- Conagher Smith;
10 -- Justin Camp, Mikaela Massey.
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Jewel Gordon, Susanna LaRochelle;
17 -- Laken Coppinger, Charlie Han;
16 -- Chase Post;
15 -- Jess Vargo;
14 -- Daniel Snyder, Mathias Porter;
13 -- Vincent Porter, Anderson Lusk, Thomas Porter, Christian Trombley;
12 -- William Trombley, Maggie Stovall;
11 -- Philip Pedigo;
10 -- Shiloh Chamberlin, Cecelia Porter, Nathan Pedigo, Jamie Mitchum, Peter Lochmaier.
OOLTEWAH HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Jillian Cantrell, Leah Boyd;
17 -- Taryn Dailey, Andrew Tallent, Brighton Smith;
15 -- Emma Scruggs, Cameron Martin, Joby Nash;
14 -- Peter Dyr, Garet Gibson;
13 -- Kenzie Campbell;
12 -- Reid Wilson;
11 -- Damian Thurman, Jacob Kiemeyer.
COUNTRY CLUB HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- McCay Mathis, Cecelia Turner, William Turner;
17 -- Jane Becksvoort, Robert Buntin;
15 -- Zane Smith, Edward Richey;
14 -- Dalton Restelli, Zane Restelli;
13 -- Emelia Richey, Maxwell Smith;
12 -- Frances Berglund, Margaret Anna Hudson, Harrison Jennings;
11 -- Laura Brakebill;
10 -- John Starnes, Danyal Gork, Mitchell Negus.
WATERDOGS HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Juliet Bryant, Reid Nelson, John Bryant;
17 -- Tanya Sharma, Ridge Asble;
16 -- Davina Sharma;
15 -- Maya Sharma, Christian Fetzner;
13 -- Kyra Nipper;
12 -- Ashley Bryant, Isaiah Gill, Luke Hunt;
11 -- Katie Estes;
10 -- Mark Moshenskiy, Martin Shapoval, Brendon Ruckman.
STUART HEIGHTS HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 --Gwendolyn Davis, Sumner Smith, April Forsthoffer;
17 -- Luke Cockerharn, George von Canon, William Raines;
15 -- Brayden Walker;
13 -- Zoe Howard;
10 -- Beatrice Davis.
CLEVELAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Alexia Jackson, Trey Parris;
17 -- Jacob McDaniel, Anna Thompson, Ben Cooper;
11 -- Rebecca Nolen;
10 -- Logan Stutzman.
(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@Comcast.net)