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Tribe wins East Tennessee Classic swim meet

Tanner Cook • Dec 2, 2018 at 2:08 AM

KINGSPORT — The Dobyns-Bennett swim team had a good showing on Saturday morning at the 31st East Tennessee Classic High School Swimming Invitational at the Kingsport Aquatic Center.

The boys and girls swept the team titles and the combined title with a total of 1,566.5 points.

“The team looked really good today,” Tribe head coach Nathan Love said. “We had some great performances today including Pete Hammonds who knocked off 11 seconds from his best time and qualified for state. Also, my daughter (Katie Sue) dropped two seconds off of her best time today, so those were two pivotal swims that I saw. … We swam against Science Hill earlier this year. Our girls beat them, but our boys lost, so we’re closing the gap a little bit.”

The action actually started on Friday night for the Lady Indians with Kyandi Lane winning the one meter diving event, scoring 374.9 points. D-B’s Madelin Morawksi finished in second place.

The Lady Indians had nine wins on the day, with senior Grace Allen and freshmen Libby Russum and Kassidy McGuire carrying the majority of the load with two individual wins each.

Allen won the 200 yard individual medley and 100 backstroke. McGuire took home the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle titles. Russum dominated both the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Other individual winners for the Tribe on the day included Ellie Hall in the 200 freestyle and Hayley Kirk in the 100 breaststroke.

“There were a lot of kids that swam their best times today, and it looks good going forward,” Love said.

The boys team also showed well with four individual wins on the day. Sophomore Shane Estes picked up two wins in the 100 freestyle and backstroke. Johnathan Lai won the 50 freestyle in 24.08 seconds and Marcus Taylor had the other individual win for the Tribe in the 100 butterfly in 57.76.

The Indians also had three relay wins in the 200 medley, 200 and 400 freestyle.

“I’d have to say that the girls medley relay did really well today,” Love said. “They’re getting really close to the school record. … We have a really good, big team this year all the way from beginners to the veterans. We have a lot of people that can do a lot of different events.”

Other notable performances included Volunteer winning the girls 200 freestyle relay in 1:51.38 with the team of Ellie McLain, Tieran Whalen, Amelia Henriott and Tinsley Whalen.

Michael Ogden of Sullivan Central placed third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:09.45.

Volunteer’s Jonathan Newline placed third in the 100 freestyle, finishing with a 56.19.

McKenzie Dawson of Sullivan Central earned runner-up in the 500 freestyle in 6:14.06.