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Dobyns-Bennett knocks off Science Hill in dual meet

Jeff Birchfield • Dec 3, 2019 at 9:56 PM

KINGSPORT — Science Hill has ruled the roost in local high school swimming in recent years, but Dobyns-Bennett appears to be pecking away at the Hilltoppers’ dominance.

The Indians defeated the Hilltoppers 197-174 in the combined competition Tuesday night at the Kingsport Aquatic Center — the first time since 2006 the Indians have won the head-to-head matchup, according to D-B coach Nathan Love.

“We’ve been chasing them down for a while now,” Love said. “It’s good to give them some good competition.”

The Tribe girls won 11 events to outscore the Lady Hilltoppers 119-67. Libby Russum won the 100-meter freestyle (55:40) and 200 freestyle (2:03:01) and Kassidy McGuire won the 100 butterfly and 500 free. Both also were part of the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.

Grace Allen added a pair of wins to the Lady Indians’ count by touching first in the backstroke and 200 individual medley. Ava Sherer (50 free), Grace Allen (100 back) and Kyandi Lane (1-meter diving) also claimed wins.

“D-B has a really strong team this year and they’ve done a nice job building up the program,” Science Hill coach Chris Coraggio said. “It’s good to get out there and race somebody competitive with us.”

Noel Gordon, in the 100 breaststroke, was the lone event winner for the Lady Hilltoppers.

Science Hill fared better on the boys’ side by earning a 107-78 victory.

Freshman Matthew Potter won the 200 free and 100 breaststroke and was part of the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams. Luke Barnes won the 100 back, made the top three in the 100 fly and was a part of the two winning relay teams. Jonah Cathelyn, who won the 500 free and the 200 individual medley, joined them on the relay wins.

As expected, Science Hill boys went 1-2 in the 1-meter diving competition.

“Both of our senior divers, Nicholas Dorr and Nic Van Eaton, have been working hard and are two of the top divers in the state,” Coraggio said. “On the swim side, Luke Barnes was in a little slump last year, but it looks like he’s coming out of it.

“Noel Gordon had a little rough time in the IM, but she’s a good breaststroker and can be in the top 16 in the state. Saanvi Goenka, we ask her to do a lot of things and it’s important to have someone with that versatility. Emma Hall, it looks like she’s going to have a good senior year.”

D-B’s Shane Estes won the 50 and 100 freestyle races, and Jonathan Lai took the win in the 100 fly. They teamed with RJ Brumit and Marcus Taylor to win the 200 free relay at the aquatic center, which has become the Indians’ official — and appreciated — home away from campus.

“We have our pool at D-B where we like to host meets,” Love noted. “This is good for the bigger atmosphere and when you have the bigger teams.

“We’ve got a lot of good swimmers on the boys and girls team and this is good for us.”

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