Village Green claims SMI championship

Julia Naoe swims the 8-under 25-yard freestyle for the Flying Dolphins on Saturday.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Julia Naoe swims the 8-under 25-yard freestyle for the Flying Dolphins on Saturday.

Village Green claimed the championship of the Smoky Mountain Invitation swim meet over the weekend at Springbrook Pool.

Better than 1,400 swimmers representing 27 teams took part in the two-day meet, considered the world’s largest for summer-only swimmers. The Gulf Park Blue Sharks, Knoxville Racquet Club, Whittington Creek Swim Team and the Jefferson City Swim Club rounded out the top five in meet’s 38th annual edition. Meet hosts the Maryville/Alcoa Flying Dolphins swam to a 10th place showing, with the Green Meadow Swim Team finishing in the 19th slot.

Seth Jinks, second, 9-10 100 individual medley, Isaac Keller, fourth, 11-12 100-yard freestyle, Skyler Rader, fourth, 11-12 50 breast, Lauren Eccles, fourth, 9-10 100 IM, Isabella DuBois, fourth, 8-under 50 free and Ethan Hathcock, fifth, 9-10 25 free, each swam to individual top five finishes for the Flying Dolphins. The 9-10 100 mixed free relay of Ali Sherrill, Drew Willoughby, Ethan Hancock secured a first-place showing.

Drew Crowder touched in first for Green Meadow in a pair of races, winning both the 9-10 50 free and 10-under 25 butterfly. Wes Tate finished second for Green Meadow in the 8-under 25 fly, third in the 25 free.

The meet saw five records fall: Samantha McIntyre (KRC), girls 13-14 free, 25.12 seconds; Andrew Holtztrager (CHRA), boys 15-18 backstroke, 25.31; Joey Leo (GP), boys 8-under 25 breaststroke, 19.31; and Cheyenne Quinones (KWSY), 9-10 fly, 14.15. The Village Green girls’ 15-18 quartet set a new standard of 1 minute, 44.5 seconds in the 200 free relay.

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