The Country Club Wavemakers are headed in the right direction.
They took their swimming party on the road Monday night for a meet at Big Ridge and they headed back to North Chattanooga with an impressive 477-325 victory over the Raiders.
The winners are now 2-0 while the Raiders fall to 0-3.
“We got to swim this meet and that’s a good thing based on the weather forecast late this afternoon,” said Country Club coach Stan Corcoran as the freestyle relay races were winding down.
“We had 130 kids on our roster last year and we have 127 right now, so it’s good that we’re keeping our numbers up. We had never had more than 100 until last year and that makes a huge difference in meet results.
“We had several disqualifications in our last meet and we worked hard to eliminate those, but we’re looking a whole lot better in the water and are pretty solid across the board. We had a really good meet here today,” he continued.
“We have a few spots where numbers are low, but we’ve move some kids around and they did a fantastic job of filling in. Our starts and turns looked a lot better, but we’re just trying to cut down on the mental mistakes. We were solid from top to bottom today and that’s a big reason for our success,” the veteran coach added.
David Clark has been Corcoran’s assistant for the past five years after serving several years as a head coach of other summer swim teams. He too is seeing a marked improvement in overall performance.
“I thought we looked pretty good. It’s still early in the season and we still have a few adjustments to make, but it’s my job to get these kids excited about swimming and to help them have fun. That’s my number-one goal,” he smiled.
Kent Scruggs lost a bunch of year-round swimmers from last year’s team, so progress is slow and he’s being really patient as new kids are getting the hang of being part of a summer league team.
“We lost a lot of more experienced kids from last year, so we have a lot of new ones this summer. We got disqualified a lot today so we’re doing a lot of learning. We’re working hard to be legal.
“Summer swimming is mostly for fun, but even in the short time we’ve been competing, we’ve seen a lot of improvement. We celebrate the little stuff,” he added.
The Wavemakers bolted to a 76.5-54.5 lead after the freestyle races and were never really threatened after that. The two relay events were also key for the winners as they had a 73-47 advantage in the medley relay before finishing the meet with an 80-51 edge in the free relays.
Country Club had six swimmers who scored the maximum 19 points, including Conor Kinley, Margaret Anne Hudson, Jane Becksvoort, Ryan Berry, Lydia Bohannon and Sofia Bell.
Robert Buntin, CeCe Turner and Katie Grace Tudor all had 17 points for the Wavemakers.
Nathan Jungels was the high-point scorer for the Raiders with 19 points while Logan Carroll and Christopher Farnham had 17 each. Evan Simpson chipped in with 16.
The Wavemakers will be at home for the first time this season on Thursday to host the Fairyland Flash while the Raiders will travel to Cleveland to face the AquaTigers.
OTHER DUAL-MEET SCORES had Stuart Heights shocking Signal Mountain by a 401-397 final, the Waterdogs beat Ridgeside by 420.5-339.5; Catoosa remained unbeaten in the Red division with a 437-367 win over Fairyland and Ooltewah swamped Calhoun by a 512-211 final.
FAIRYLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Ethan Bevill;
18 -- Ellie Taliaferro;
17 -- Ben Bevill;
16 -- Nate Jackson;
15 -- Carley Braman;
14 -- Will Jackson;
13 -- Andrew Horne;
12 -- Bella McBryar;
11 -- Campbell Naggar, Charles Barnes;
10 -- Harrison Barnes, Demi Stribling, Louisa Bohner, Grant McBryar, Hank Wingfield;
9 -- David Horne, Frances Bohner, Caroline Carr.
COUNTRY CLUB HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 – Conor Kinley, Margaret Anne Hudson, Jane Becksvoort, Ryan Berry, Lydia Bohannon, Sofia Bell;
17 – Robert Buntin, Ce Ce Turner, Katie Grace Tuder;
15 – Helen Kates, Caroline Schenck, Jared Foster, Paul Hoang, Emmy Richey;
14 – Will Turner;
13 – Kyle Berry;
12.5 – Allison Royal;
12 – Nicholas Johnson, Vivian Vetzel;
11 – Emerson Doty, Lorelie Jacobs;
10 – Ezekial House, Erik Buntin, Andrew Negus.
BIG RIDGE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 – Nathan Jungels;
17 – Logan Carroll, Christopher Farnham;
16 – Evan Simpson;
13 – Adelyn Simpson, Logan Urbanski;
10.5 – Kate White;
10 – Abigail Keener, Catherine Upchurch.
CATOOSA HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 – Henry Webb, Mariana Easley, Lisa Afonshina;
18 – Lexi Easley;
17 – Allie O’Donnell, Camden Cloud, Keeley Mountjoy;
15 – Kirill Lebed, Emma Pulliam, Yaric Lebed, Julia Striker;
13 – Reece Gallagher.
STUART HEIGHTS HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 – Scout Chapin;
18 -- Georgia Smith;
16 -- Max Ransom, Luke Waldrep, Sam Powe;
15 -- Ellie Waldrep;
14 -- Johnny Von Canon;
13.5 -- Will White;
12.5 -- Ben Sallee;
12 -- Milo Bevis, Reese Skiles;
11 -- George Von Canon, Molly Mae Ransom;
10 -- Owen Burk, Charlotte Murphree, Beatrice Davis, Roane Chapin, Reid Wilson.
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
17 -- KaraLin Hoover, Jewel Gordon;
16 -- Belle Flasch;
15 -- Jack Smith;
14 -- Aiden Sims;
13 -- Jake Holmes, Laken Coppinger;
12.5 -- Grayson Rock;
12 -- Audrey Rackel, Philip Pedigo, Marydee Barnett, Cecilia Porter, Sam Laramore;
11 -- Sydney Gordon, Keller Williamson;
10 -- Jude Smith, Marley Harper.
OOLTEWAH HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 – Taylor Reyes, Leah Boyd, Anna Boyd, Noah Holliman, Jed Holliman, Jake Marcum, Sarah Sabou;
17 – Brighton Smith, Jilli Cantrell, Seth Dimmer, David Sabou, Hardy Jones, Emma Scruggs;
15 – Natalia Celis, Sofia Kim, Lily Parr;
14 – Ava Grace Gipson, Garet Gipson;
13 – Madelyn Weathers;
12 – Nolan Holt;
10 – Brady Christensen, Keilah Holiman.
CALHOUN HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
17 – Brandon Webb, Will Eickman;
12 – Xander Phipps, John Weitz;
10 – Annie Eickman, Ryan Hood, Chloe Edens, Dawson Kerns, Garrett Hasty.
RIDGESIDE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 – Beccan Fitzsimmons, Madeline Bond, Drew Bond;
16 – Adelaide Bond;
15 – Owen Eastman;
14 – Brynne Burkhart;
11 – Caroline Carpe.
WATERDOGS HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 – Jessica Landberg, Gracelyn Dauphinais, Xavier Ragin, Brendon Ruckman, Davina Sharma;
17 – Katie Estes, Elijah Bean;
16 – Anna Natter;
15 – Martin Shapoval, Brady Adams;
13 – Audrey Torchick, Kailey Ruckman;
12 – Madalyn Dauphinais;
11 – Nikolai Shapoval, Jae Dauphinais;
10 – Ethan Griffey, Jack Chandler, Timothy Collier.
CUMBERLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Lydia Mizutani;
17 -- Aubrey Daniels;
15 -- Zach Schurr, Olivia Suddeth;
12 -- Makenzye Henry;
11 -- Liam Carpenter, Madilyn McKinney;
10 -- Jillian Schuster.
RED BANK HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Ben Meagher, Tabitha Wilson, Luke Massey, Kate Schlegel, Trevor Brooks, Eddie Birdsong;
17 -- Noah Blake;
16 -- Connor Leming, Luke Meyners;
15 -- Lauryn Sable, Allie Thornbury, Benton Bilbrey;
14 -- Virginia Condry, Chase Garner;
13.5 -- Maddie Grass;
13 -- Asonia Birdsong, Jonah King;
12 -- Ian Rabon, Rebekah Fuller, Austin Geter;
11 -- Chris Largorio;
10 -- Bri Rabon, Easton Brooks, Sophie Wagner, Bradley Hunt.
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