Aqua Ads finish 8th in state, HVA 12th, CCS Lions 18th

KNOXVILLE — One state swimming champion, Bearden senior Mary Cross in the 200-yard IM (2:02.82), plus a strong showing in diving and a top-10 state finish for the Farragut Aqua Admirals highlighted local state meet efforts in friendly waters last last week.

Led by Camden Croy’s fourth-place finish in 1-meter boys diving (416.95), FHS finished eighth (197 points) among a 58-team field during TISCA State Championship Swim Meet Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, in University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Interecollegiate Aquatic Center.

Junior Brady Nichol’s third-place boys diving finish (441.85) helped Hardin Valley Academy capture sixth among boys statewide, 12th overall. Farragut’s boys finished 10th, while the Lady Aqua Ads were eighth.

Concord Christian School’s boys were 10th, 18th overall.

Junior MacKenna Peterson of HVA was girls diving runner-up (254.25). Also on the boys diving side, junior Brooks Barber of Webb School of Knoxville was second (472.40).

Cross also captured fourth place in the girls 100-backstroke (:55.90), helping the Lady Bulldogs finish 15th.

Top performances for the CCS Lions included junior Logan Hall’s third-place finish in the 100-freestyle, while Hall was the anchor leg on the Concord boys 200-free relay team. That foursome also included sophomores Kolby Leach and Charlie Houston and Christopher Rector.

“This was a remarkable season and it’s been a great pleasure coaching these CCS middle and high school teams,” CCS head coach Annie Abraham said. “This year, we were fortunate to have more swimmers, and this allowed us to compete against larger schools.

This was a new opportunity for our teams to fully compete against the fastest swimmers in Knoxville, and it was readily apparent during our swim practices that our swimmers were challenging themselves to compete at a high level,” she added. “I truly believe our swimmers are getting better each year, not only in how hard they work to excel in this sport, but also how much they support and rally behind each other’s successes.”