The Signal Mountain Green Giants bested Mother Nature and a dozen other teams to claim the 2017 Chattanooga Area Swim League Bill Caulkins City Meet championship this weekend in Fort Oglethorpe.
Despite back-to-back days of storms, which hampered the meet, the Green Giants – a longtime CASL powerhouse – finished with 2,461.5 points to cap an unbeaten season and win the City Meet for a second straight year.
The Dalton Dolphins were the runners-up with 1,960 points, followed by the Ooltewah Tidal Waves (1,757), Stuart Heights (1,697.5) and the Fairyland Flash (971) in the top five.
The rest of the standings included the Country Club Wavemakers (970.5), the Cleveland Aqua Tigers (899.5), the Big Ridge Raiders (623), the Catoosa Great White Sharks (441), the Ridgeside Dolphins (274), the Cleveland Waterdogs (243), the Red Bank Gators (214) and the Cumberland Currents (175).
On the local front, it was a big weekend for Fairyland standout Ellie Taliaferro, who won the 50-yard breaststroke (30.71 seconds), the 50-yard butterfly (26.62), the 50-yard freestyle (25.12) and the 100-yard freestyle (55.00) in the 13-14 girls’ division. She was also second in the 100-yard individual medley, while the Flash finished third in the 200-yard free relay.
In the 9-10 girls’ division, Fairyland’s Frances Bohner also had a solid performance with third place finishes in the 50 butterfly, the 50 backstroke and the 100 freestyle and fourth place in the 50 freestyle and 100 IM. The Flash also placed fourth in the 200 free relay.
On the boys’ side, the Flash got a victory in the 8-under 25 freestyle event as Wilder Wingfield won in a time of 16.75. Wingfield also took third in the 50 freestyle, the 25 butterfly, the 25 breaststroke and the 100 IM.
Harrison Barnes was second in the 25 breaststroke and Bo Ozburn tied for fourth in the 25 backstroke. In the 8-under boys’ relays, the Flash took first place in the 100 freestyle (1:11.33) and second in the 100 IM.
In 6-under boys, Hank Wingfield was second in the 25 freestyle and third in the 25 backstroke.
Other top four finishes for Fairyland included the 8-under girls 100 free relay team, who placed third, and Carley Braman, who was third in the 15-18 girls’ 50 breaststroke.
For the host squad, the Great White Sharks saw Emma Pulliam have a big meet in the 11-12 girls’ division. Pulliam won the 50 freestyle in 26.95, while placing third in the 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, the 100 freestyle and the 100 IM.
Reece Gallagher was third in the 15-18 boys’ 50 breaststroke and fourth in the 50 backstroke. Easton O’Donnell was fourth in the 13-14 boys’ 50 breaststroke and Catoosa placed fourth in the 13-14 boys’ 200 medley relay.