Eyes on city meet

Posted 7/10/18

Soon, over 1,000 swimmers from 14 swim teams in the Chattanooga Area Swim League will put forth their best stroke at the Bill Caukins City Meet in Fort Oglethrope, Georgia.Over a two-day stretch this …

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Eyes on city meet


Soon, over 1,000 swimmers from 14 swim teams in the Chattanooga Area Swim League will put forth their best stroke at the Bill Caukins City Meet in Fort Oglethrope, Georgia.

Over a two-day stretch this Friday and Saturday, swimmers will look to tear through the water in search of personal records and memorable finishes. 

For the Cleveland Aqua Tigers and Cleveland Waterdogs, the two local programs are excited about the opportunity to swim for city championships.

Last season a total of three swimmers from Bradley County finished first at the city meet, a number which looks to grow.

CAT concluded its regular season with a 389-353 road loss to the Fairyland Flash Swim Club on Lookout Mountain on Monday evening.

Despite a 2-5 overall record on the season, a group lacking depth in certain age groups is ready to show its star power with several individuals.

After breaking on the scene in a big way in her first year in the 15-18 girls division, Grayson Payne will look to  defend her title in the 50-yard backstroke.

Signal Mountain's Jewel Gordon will pose the greatest challenge yet again it seems for Payne, as the defending city champion Green Giants have a star still in the water.

Payne finished second in four other races last year and came in third once, outcomes she will need to turn into victories with a championship in mind.

Swimmers can score up to 100 points at the city swim meet.

Grayson Officer led all local swimmers with 87 points at the city meet last season and was a champion in the 50-yard breastroke. Payne finished with 84 and just 12 behind the champion.

"We have a lot of swimmers we think will compete at the top," assistant coach Matt Huff said. "I think some of our swimmers could win several events. We have a lot of talented swimmers who really can do well on the individual stage."

CAT has seen Jacob McDaniel star in the 13-14 boys age group, as he topped off his final regular season meet with a perfect score of 19 along with Payne.

McDaniel has led the team on the boys side this season with an average meet score over 18.5.

Breanna Belcher (15-18 girls) is also considered to have a strong chance to win a city championship according to her coaches.

Lauren Thompson finished second in last year's city meet 50-yard breastroke.

CAT scored 899.50 points on the big stage last year, which ranked seventh out of the entire field at the city championship.

Meanwhile, the Waterdogs (5-3) will look to make a bold statement after giving Red Bank a run for its money for the White Division league title.

Brendon Ruckman (15-18 boys) has shot through the water and leads the team in points per meet, while Davina Sharma (13-14) is the leading scorer on the girls side. 

Both look to possibly bring home city championships, while the ultra-competitive Elijah Bean returns as the 8-and-under city meet overall champion from last season.

The Waterdogs finished in 11th place at the city meet last season. 

This time around they hope to finish inside the top 10 and score the most points of any team from the White Division. 

Jae Dauphinais has shown great improvements in form and speed in her races, which give her a strong chance to swim for championships as well in several races.

Jack Chandler, Brady Adams, Caiden Cross among others also have a chance to impress for the Waterdogs.

The winning city meet score last season was 2,461 points for Signal Mountain.

Cleveland Aqua Tigers 353 points

Season Finale against Fairyland Flash


Jacob McDaniel;19;14yo

Grayson Payne;19;16yo

Bryson Lake;18;10yo

Alaina Chapman;17;10yo

Breanna Belcher;17;15

Erin Lake;14;12yo

Allanah Freeman;13;14yo

Charlie Chittum;14;7yo

Cameron McDaniel;13;10yo

Luke Hunt;13;14yo

Anna Thompson;12;15yo

Becca Nolen;11;12yo

Jenna Belcher;11;9yo

Trey Parris III;10;15yo

Noah Officer;10;14yo

Addie Taubert;10;6yo


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