Monday evening the two programs will go head-to-head in the regular season finale with the Cleveland Aqua Tigers heading to the east side of town to face the Mosby Park Waterdogs.
Both teams are coming off victories in their last meets as CAT downed Red Bank 249-157, while the Waterdogs blasted winless Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 449-306 earlier in the week.
The first meeting of the season between the local swimmers was before a packed crowd back on June 18 at the Tinsley Park pool. The battle was a seesaw battle as the hosts held a slim 59-51 lead before the visiting Waterdogs pulled ahead by a 116-102 margin. Mosby Park extended its advantage to 212-193 before the Aqua Tigers came roaring back for a 393-346 victory.
For CAT Monday evening they will once again be looking for strong performances from Jacob McDaniel, Logan Stutzman, Megan Mitchell and Jason Chung, who scored 19 points apiece in the first meeting. Bri Foley and Meredith Borst added 18 and 17 points respectively to the winning total, while Alexia Jackson posted 16, plus Erin Stutzman and Ben Cooper added 15 each.
The Waterdogs were led by Pete Davis with 19 points, while Julie Bryant and Christian Torbett garnered 18 apiece. Bristol Snider and Davina Sharma collected 16 points, with Weston Barnes pitching in with 14.
In excess of 250 swimmers are expected to hit the water Monday while a more than capacity crowd is once again expected for the 6 p.m. start.
The Aqua Tigers come into the meet with a 5-2 record, having already secured the second place spot in the CASL’s Red Division race. CAT’s only two losses this season have come at the hands of the unbeaten Ooltewah Tidal Wave (7-0).
Mosby Park is tied for third place with a 3-4 mark, the same as Red Bank, with whom they split their two meets this season.
The two teams will travel to Fort Oglethorpe Friday and Saturday for the CASL end of the season City Meet.