KINGSPORT — For the first time, the Northeast Tennessee Swimming and Diving Championships were held at the new Kingsport Aquatic Center.
The competition pool at the facility is built for speed, and speed was the order of the day in Saturday’s NET finals.
Ten meet records fell in the fast-and-furious conditions, and Science Hill set nine of them on the way to a dominating day in the water.
Dobyns-Bennett freshman Owen Devine broke the other record. He won the 100 backstroke win a time of 53.18 to put his name in the books.
In the combined team scores, Science Hill posted a whopping 1,185.50 points to win going away.
D-B was second overall at 876 and Tennessee High third at 610.
For the eighth straight year, the Lady Hilltoppers took the NET crown, this time posting a winning score of 601. Tennessee High was second (382) with D-B’s Lady Indians a close third (378).
The Science Hill boys captured their seventh NET title in the past eight years. The Hilltoppers finished with 584.50 points trailed by runner-up D-B (498). Greeneville’s boys were third (249.50).
“The fast water here at the Kingsport Aquatic Center certainly was a factor in all the records being broken,” said Science Hill coach Chris Coraggio. “But these kids have worked so very hard in preparation for this meet that I did expect that we’d do well today.
“What makes it even more special is that we haven’t tapered yet for the state meet, so we think we can swim even faster,” Coraggio added.For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday's print edition or our electronic edition.