Gators close gap, take 2nd; Red Foxes 5th

Concord Hills 7th at GKAISA ‘City Meet;’ 10 champs lead Sugarwood to No. 9 finish

  • A happy bunch of Village Green Gators, both swimmers and coaches, celebrate the team’s runner-up finish during annual GKAISA “City Meet” following the finals Saturday, July 23, in UT’s Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. - Village Green photo courtesy of Tim Finnegan

  • A handful of Fox Den Red Foxes swimmers and coaches proudly display the fifth-place GKAISA meet banner they earned. - Village Green photo courtesy of Tim Finnegan

  • With 10 individual or relay champs during annual GKAISA “City Meet” last weekend in UT’s Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, the Sugarwood Stingrays placed ninth among a 29-team field. - Village Green photo courtesy of Tim Finnegan

With eight individual or relay champions during annual Greater Knoxville Area Interclub Swimming Association “City Meet” last weekend, Village Green once again finished near the top.

Earning 1,597.5 points among its 118 swimmers ages 7 to 18, the Gators were a close runner-up to perennial year-round swimming power Knoxville Racquet Club among a 29-team field Thursday through Saturday, July 21-23, in UT’s Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

‘We are very proud because we are only summer swimmers, and KRC is a year-round swim team,” Village Green head coach Natalie Ebnet said.

Karley Wolfgram, 14, highlighted the team’s success by setting a meet record in the Girls 13-14 50-yard freestyle at 24.05 seconds.

Town of Farragut also was well-represented by the Fox Den Red Foxes, who finished fifth (1,050) while capturing five individual or relay first-place honors.

The Red Foxes were led by Harper Bodiscomassink, 10, winning two individual top honors and one relay title.

“I am extremely proud of how our team performed this year, especially as the underdogs in League 1 for a small team like us,” Fox Den head coach Marissa Van Leuven said. “Even more important than our performance this season, I am even more proud of the character of our FDCC swimmers and how they treat others and encourage one another.

“As a head coach, I am extremely blessed to lead such a great group of bright, talented kids who make me a better person everyday,” she added. “We are always recruiting at the Den and we are always welcoming swimmers to our family.”

Concord Hills Piranhas finished seventh (907) with two individual champions.

While Sugarwood placed ninth (780), the Stingrays led all Farragut teams with 10 first-place finishes.

Three Stingrays were dominant: Myla Dru Saffles, 8, Sam Vineyard, 8, and Jackson Vineyard, 17.

Village Green champs

Mixed 11-12 200-yard freestyle relay team of Emmy Zimmer, Taiyo Kurosaki, Katherine Buchanan and Lucas Spadafora (1:51.14); Mixed 13-14 200-free relay foursome of Adam Webster, Lydia Finnegan, Karley Wolfgram and Kuba Shaw (1:37.19); Boys 9-10 25-free, Bo Gary (14.03); and Girls 11-12 50-free, Emmy, (26.09).

Other Gators individual/relay champs were Girls 13-14 50-breaststroke, Karley (29.93); Boys 13-14 200-free relay foursome of Adam, Hayden Johnson, Hisato Kurosaki and Kuba (1:34.41); and Girls 15 & Over 200-free relay team of Karolina Nosarzewski, Elizabeth Martin, Kendall Hudgens and Sophie Thompson (1:41.42).

Fox Den champs

Girls 9-10 100-IM, Harper Bodiscomassink (1:14.65); Boys 11-12 200-medley relay team of Taylor Henderson, Ryan Nettles, Minseong Hong and Hunter Burris (2:07,65); Girls 9-10 25-backstroke, Harper (15.89); Girls 9-10 100-free relay foursome of Lauren Hackett, Eliza Long, Josie Pacelli and Harper (59.90); and Boys 9-10 100-free relay team of Alec Bentley, Matthew Henderson, Ethan Roettger and Alex Steward (1:00.60).

Concord Hills champs

Boys 13-14 50-backstroke, Landon Hall (26.14) and Girls 13-14 50-butterfly, Aydan Skelton (26.91).

Sugarwood champs

Mixed 8 & Under 100-freestyle relay foursome of Delaney Baker, Sam Vineyard, Judah Bell and Myla Dru Saffles (1:07.93); Girls 8 & Under 25-free, Myla Dru (14.33); Boys 15 & Over 50-free, Jackson Vineyard (20.91); and Boys 11-12 50-breaststroke, Garrett Roberts (34.45).

Other Stingrays champs were Girls 8 & Under 50-free, Myla Dru (32.13); Boys 8 & Under 50-free, Sam (34.92); Boys 15 & Over 100-free, Jackson Vineyard, (46.34); Girls 8 & Under 25-butterfly, Myla Dru (16.58); Boys 8 & Under 25-butterfly, Sam (19.63); and Boys 15 & Over 50-butterfly, Jackson Vineyard (22.75).