Loss of All-American swimmer Owens not slowing Science Hill

Pat Kenney • Dec 1, 2009 at 12:00 AM

JOHNSON CITY — The graduation of five-time state champion and All-American Kyle Owens hasn’t slowed Science Hill swimming one bit.

On Tuesday night, the Hilltoppers cruised to easy victories over visiting Dobyns-Bennett.

The Lady ‘’Toppers defeated the Lady Indians 149-36, while the Science Hill boys stopped the Indians 121-62.

Lauren Mills led the way for the Science Hill ladies with victories in the 50-meter freestyle (27.39) and 100 butterfly (1:07.59). Teammate Bailey Bradford added wins in the 400 free (4:49.20) and 200 individual medley (2:38.45).

“Owens and our other seniors from last year did a good job of mentoring the underclassmen,’’ said Science Hill head coach Chris Coraggio. “They left a legacy here and it has raised the expectations for our program.

“The team has worked hard to sustain those expectations.’’

A bright spot for the Lady Indians was junior Olivia Loveless, who captured both the 200 free (2:18.09) and 100 breaststroke (1:22.94).

“Our girls team is down some this year,’’ said D-B head coach Nathan Love. “The boys should be pretty good by the end of the season.

“Today we just wanted to see what we could do with some of our swimmers.”

Taylor Wilson led the way for the Hilltoppers with victories in the 50 free (25.20) and 100 free (57.11).

Other double winners for the Science Hill boys included Cyrus Alavi in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.72) and 200 IM (2:26.62), and Joel Bowers in the 200 free (2:05.28) and 100 fly (1:01.72).

D-B’s Alex Dayton took the 100 backstroke (1:08.96), while teammate Nathan Hall captured the 400 free (4:37.94).

The Lady Hilltoppers’ Rachel Wilson won the 100 free in a time of 1:07.40.

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