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Tribe sweeps Big 6 swim meet

STEVE WILMOTH TriCitiesSports.com • Jan 12, 2018 at 12:44 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Dobyns-Bennett Indians and Lady Indians felt right at home at Tennessee High’s recently refurbished pool at Viking Hall as the Tribe swam to sweeps at the annual Big 6 meet Thursday evening.

Dobyns-Bennett piled up 589 points in the combined scoring while tallying 293 in the girls’ and 296 in the boys’ standings.

Competing with a roster void of several of its top swimmers who swam in a meet on Tuesday and have a three-day meet this weekend with the Barracuda Swim Club, Science Hill finished runner-up in all three divisions.

Despite not having a full complement of ‘Toppers swimmers in the pool, the Tribe’s goals remained the same: aim for personal bests, maximize points and prep for next Saturday’s Region 1 Championships.

All three were successfully accomplished as the Indians boys took five individual event wins while the Lady Indians captured first in four events.

Double individual winners for Dobyns-Bennett were Anthony Walker and Grace Allen. Walker placed first in the boys’ 200 individual medley (2:21.78) and 100 fly (1:00.97). Allen finished first in the girls’ 100 free (56.83) and 100 fly (1:01.16).

Allen also teamed with Natalie Bates, Madelyn Thayer and Hayley Kirk to win the 200 medley relay (2:00.80) and with Grace Greenhill, Bates and Kirk to nab second place in the 200 freestyle relay (1:52.51). Kirk also grabbed a victory in the 100 breast (1:10.84) and a second in the 200 individual medley (2:25.01). Thayer was second in the 200 free (2:21.62).

On the boys’ side, D-B’s Shane Estes took the 200 free (1:53.27) and Ryan Lee the 100 breast (1:12.30).

Estes, Evan Loyd, Elijah Manship and Khristian Shockley teamed to claim first in the 200 medley relay (1:49.21).

Runner-up finishes for the Tribe were claimed by Estes in the 50 free (23.30) and Jed Ratliff in the 100 fly (1:02.13).

Tennessee High was third across the board in the scoring with Volunteer fourth; however, the Lady Falcons (177) were right on the heels of the Lady Vikings (209) thanks to the individual and team efforts of Tinsley Whalen, Ellie McLain, Skyler Dykes and Tieran Whalen.

Tieran Whalen won the 50 free (25.54) and fourth in the 100 free (1:00.70).

“I just swam my hardest. I know in the 50 free that girl (Science Hill’s Isabel Tomita) had a better time than me, I just had to give it all I had,” Whalen said.

Dykes took first in the 200 free (2:14.90) and third in the 100 free (1:00.50).

McClain placed second in 100 breast (1:15.12) and third in 200 individual medley (2:28.81).

The Lady Falcons quartet earned a second place in the 200 medley relay (2:08.89) and, thanks to a strong anchor leg by Tieran Whalen, was first in the 200 free relay (1:51.44).

“In the medley relay, I had a bad flip turn,” said Whalen. “In the free, we were behind a body or turn, but I hit my flip turn to get us ahead.”

Cherokee’s Lynsey Knox had a strong night as well, winning her signature event, the 100 back in 1:06.61 and placing second in the 100 fly (1:05.95).

“I did really well tonight,” said Knox. “I dropped a second in the 100 fly, so I’m happy with my effort. I had one of my good racing partners, Grace Allen, with me in the fly.”

The Kingsport Aquatic Center hosts the Region 1 Championships next Saturday.

“This meet motivates us to move forward and know that at the end of the season, we are still striving to do our best and get ready for the region and state as well,” added Knox.

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