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Local swim team beats Coffee County
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The first win of the swim season was special for the McMinnville Swim Team, especially first-year coaches Paige Northcutt and Clint Jordan.
The team celebrated its first victory last week when the McMinnville Swim Team swam laps around Coffee County at Gilley Pool.
Warren County won the meet 306 to 221, giving Northcutt and Jordan their first victories as coaches this year.
Despite little practice time and having only two meets under their belts, the McMinnville Swim Team was very impressive last Tuesday. It was a standout performance in the eyes of coach Northcutt, who was an Olympic swimmer.
“Clint and I are really excited about the progress the team has made in the short amount of time that they have had in the water,” said Northcutt. “We had several swimmers improve their times from our previous meet.”
The McMinnville Swim Team started the day by sweeping the five mixed relays.
Winning in the under-8 age group was the team of Bailey Brock, Walt Jones, Katie Toney and True Craven.
Mollie McGinnis, Jackson Everett, Rachel Stewart and Jake Toney won the 9-10 group, while Marlie Henegar, Kara Caten, Luke Hoover and Jacob Evans succeeded in the 11-12 class.
Elsa Eckenrod, Hayden Everett, Hannah Wright and Drew Evans won the 13-14 group and Rachel Miller, Elizabeth Oxley, Kyler Walker and Robert Eschenbacher teamed to win the 15-18 age bracket.
In individual competitions, the McMinnville Swim Team was led by several multi-race winners.
Stewart, Miller, Walker and Jake Toney each won two heats in individual races.
Stewart won the 9-10 girls 100-meter individual medley and 25-meter butterfly.
Miller was the fastest in the 100M individual medley and 50M freestyle for 15-18 girls.
Walker brought home victories in the 50M freestyle and butterfly in 15-18 boys.
Toney took the top spot in the boys 9-10 25M backstroke and 100M individual medley.
Also winning individual events were, Caroline Stewart, 6-and-under 25M freestyle; Craven, 8-and-under 25M freestyle; Jones, 8-and-under 25M breaststroke; Bradley Caten, 9-10 boys 25M butterfly; Kara Caten, 11-12 girls 50M freestyle; Bunker Brock, 11-12 boys 50M freestyle; Hoover, 11-12 boys 50M backstroke; Chelsea Stewart, 13-14 girls 50M breaststroke; Drew Evans, 13-14 boys 50M backstroke; Everett, 13-14 boys 50M butterfly; and Oxley, 50M breaststroke.
During the final relays, the McMinnville Swim Team picked up seven more victories.
Jones, Craven, Christos Zavogiannis and Zander Aramburo won the boys 8-and-under 100M freestyle relay.
McGinnis, Rachel Stewart, Alexis Aramburo and Gracie Miller followed suit in the 9-10 girls age group, while the boys 9-10 team of Jake Toney, Bradley Caten, Jackson Everett and Hayden Black also won the 100M freestyle relay.
Henegar, Joy Everett, Macie Gray Walker and Kara Caten won the 11-12 girls relay and Hoover, Jacob Evans, Bunker Brock and C.J. Rogers won the 11-12 boys.
Miller, Oxley, Eckenrod and Livia Walker teamed to win the 15-18 girls 100M relay.
Kyler Walker, Austin Wright, Robert Eschenbacher and John Rigsby concluded the meet with a win in the boys 15-18 relay.
The McMinnville Swim Team traveled to Winchester yesterday and results were unavailable at press time. The team will resume competition tomorrow in Shelbyville.