The Maryville and William Blount swim teams acquitted themselves in impressive fashion at the Knoxville-area Interscholastic Swim League Championships over the weekend at the University of Tennessee’s Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Next up is the Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association state championship meet, scheduled for Feb. 12-13 in Nashville.
The Rebels and Lady Rebels combined for seven top 10 individual finishes, matching that mark with seven relay teams swimming to top 10 showings. Maryville’s Audrey Brown delivered Blount County’s best day individually, finishing third in both the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle. Rebel teammate Joey Robinson doubled up as well, swimming to sixth in the boys 500 free, adding an eighth-place finish in the discipline at the 200-yard distance.
P.J. Donavan, third in 1-meter diving, Bryan Landers, fifth in the 50 free, and Kelsey Worsham, ninth in the 100 free, also delivered top 10 finishes for Maryville.
Ryan Landers, Ward Collins, Robinson and Bryan Landers posted the top relay finish for the Rebels, hitting the wall fifth in the 200 medley relay. Jason McCord teamed with Robinson and Ryan and Bryan Landers to swim to sixth in the 400 free relay. John McCord, Ben Ferrell, Robb Wilson and Cory Crumpton swam to ninth in the 200 free relay.
The Lady Rebels would see three quartets crack the top 10 as well, led by the foursome of Morgan Johnson, Ellie Terry-Emert, Worsham and Brown, which finished ninth in the girls 400 free relay. Anna Katherine Biggs, Ashley Thompson, Sarah Gilley and Katie Clay finished 10th in the 200 freestyle relay. Worsham, Johnson, Brown and a fourth unidentified Lady Rebel were 10th in the 200 medley relay.
William Blount’s Summer Brown joined Maryville’s Brown and Robinson in posting double top-10 individual showings. The Lady Governor ace swam to fourth in the 100 backstroke, returning to finish seventh in the 100 butterfly. Lady Governor teammate Lexy Thompson reached the finish line seventh in the 100 back.
Lyndsey King, Natasha Strain, Brown and Thompson swam to eighth for William Blount in the 200 medley relay.
Bearden swam away with the meet’s team title, with Farragut, Hardin Valley, Catholic and Webb rounding out the top five. Maryville swam its way to seventh, with William Blount in 16th place.