KINGSPORT — The 25th East Tennessee Swim Classic at the Dobyns-Bennett Aquatic Center was about more than just competition.
It was about helping a teammate.
D-B senior Jonathan Salyers’ father died just before Thanksgiving.
“The team wanted to dedicate this meet to Jonathan and his family,” Indians coach Nathan Love said Saturday. “So we are going to donate all the proceeds to them in memory of his father.
“It was an easy decision,” Love added. “The team rallied behind him. He’s been here for four years and we want to be there for him.”
Salyers was touched by the gesture.
“It’s been hard since my father died,” he said. “But my teammates have been there for me.
“It’s sweet what they’ve done for me and my family.”
While not all the teams in attendance were at full strength, the competition was spirited.
The Tennessee High girls finished first with 479 points, followed by D-B (371) and Sullivan Central (148). On the boys’ side, the host Indians outdistanced Tennessee High 380-305. Elizabethton (283) was third.
For complete coverage of the meet see the Dec. 16 edition of the Times-News.