Young in ’22, FMS swim- dive again ‘City Meet’ top 2

For the fifth consecutive season, Farragut Middle School’s swim and dive team (above) has done something special among Knox-area competition.

“We have finished first or second as a team at ‘City Meet’ since 2018,” fifth-year head coach Corey Olson said about his Aqua Admirals’ runner-up finish to West Valley in Knox-area Interscholastic Swim League Meet in Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center at UT, which finished Sunday, Jan. 23.

“We had 50 kids compete: 49 swimmers and one diver. Our diver, Olivia Kohl, ... finished first overall and was the only middle schooler at the meet who completed all eight required dives,” Olson added.

First-place swimming finishes included the 200-yard freestyle mixed relay foursome of Annagail Herzog, Stephen Xiao, Ella Roettger and Hisato Kurosaki. “Ella Roettger and Annagail Herzog were a dynamite duo,” the coach said. “Ella won the 200-free, with teammate Annagail finishing in second right behind her. They finished within one second of each other and two seconds ahead of the rest of the heat. “

In the 100-free “Annagail won, with Ella finishing second,” Olson said, “Going into the meet they were seeded second and fourth.”

Having “15 top-eight finishes and 25 top-16 finishes,” the coach added, “We have a very young team this year, and without being able to have a season last year due to COVID-19” to gain experience. “I am incredibly proud of our finish this year. Our regular season dual meet record is 3-1, losing only to West Valley. ... We also competed in the Ray Bussard Invitational.

“I have my sights set on that City Meet win next year. ...”

Assistant coaches are Lucy Donaldson, Grayson Clower and Alex King.

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