Keith Lambert got his big finish.
Retiring after the summer, the Maryville/Alcoa Flying Dolphin coach wanted nothing better than to see his team make the biggest splash possible at the Smoky Mountain Invitational swim meet in his final season.
The Dolphins were up to the challenge over the weekend at Springbrook Pool, with a strong push by the 10-under swimmers on the meet's second day lifting Lambert's charges to a fifth-place finish, the team's highest placing in many years.
The Dolphins would see three swimmers eclipse all-time team records. Taiga Ikeguchi set a new mark in the 9-10 boys 50-yard freestyle, with Sam Tingle swimming to a record time in the 11-12 boys 100 free. Tingle would add a second first-place finish in the 50 breaststroke. Hunter Tipton established a new Dolphin standard in swimming to victory in the 15-18 boys 50 free.
The swim team for Village Green swam away from the field to claim the overall title with 1,729 points, with Knoxville Racquet Club (867), Whittington Creek Crocodiles (740), Robindale Woods (725) and the Dolphins (655.5) rounding out the top five.
The Green Meadow Swim Team finished 18th among the meet's 32 participating teams.
The meet drew 1,650 swimmers and more 5,000 spectators to Springbrook over Saturday and Sunday.