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YOUTH SWIMMING: Medley and Hasko lead Three Rivers swimmers at season kickoff

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Sixteen members of Three Rivers Swim Club, Rome’s branch of USA Swimming, recently delivered outstanding performances at a big, early-season meet in Chattanooga.

Baylor School’s 2016 Fall Kickoff, spanning two full days of a recent weekend, brought together ten teams and dozens of swimmers from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

The competition sparked best times and high finishes for the seven TRSC boys and the nine TRSC girls.

In the boys’ division, Nathan Medley (11), after a summer of training with TRSC’s Pre-Senior squad, was TRSC’s top finisher. Competing in ten events, he earned first-place ribbons in the 50 Backstroke, the 100 Backstroke, the 50 Butterfly and the 100 Butterfly.

Medley, competing against mostly older swimmers, also placed second in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, and 200 Individual Medley; third in the 100 Breaststroke; and fourth in the 50 Breaststroke. Medley posted personal best times in all ten events. 

Mason Hunter (16) entered six individual events, placing in the top ten finishers in all of them. He placed first in the 100 Breaststroke, with a time close to his best time, and third in the 100 Backstroke, again, on his best time.

His big success was a nearly one second drop in his 50 Freestyle sprint, down to 22.92 seconds.

Samson Mumber (15) swam nine events, posting times consistent with his top past performances. Primarily a backstroker, Mumber dropped eight seconds in the 100 Breast, setting himself up for future successes in medley events.

Abraham Figueroa (14), relatively new to the meet environment, managed top-twenty finishes in the 100 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke and the 200 Individual Medley. Each time achieved represented a major personal improvement.

Finn Hall (13), swimming the 100 Freestyle, 100 Breast, and the 200 Individual Medley, finished in the top twenty in all. He achieved a valid swim in the latter, particularly demanding, event.

Zachary Jones (13), also relatively new to the meet scene, posted valid times in the 100 Backstroke and 100 Freestyle. An endurance athlete, Jones raced the 500 Freestyle, twenty lengths of the 25-yard pool, in 7:35.02 minutes.

A.J. Williams (15), swam eight events, including the grueling 400 Individual Medley and the 200 Individual Medley. Primarily a breaststroker, Williams’s medley times are dropping as he perfects his butterfly stroke.

In the girls’ division, Viola Hasko (15) was TRSC’s top female finisher. Swimming best times in all her events, Hasko earned a second place in the 100 Breaststroke, a sixth in the 200 Individual Medley, and ninths in the 100 Backstroke and 100 Freestyle.

Kate Nobles (17) place fourth in the 100 Freestyle, fifth in the 200 Individual Medley, and seventh in the 100 Backstroke.

Anna Waguespack (16) finished seventh in the 200 Individual Medley and eighth in the 100 Freestyle, registering personal bests in both events. Emma Bailey (16) also placed among the top ten finishers, in the 100 Backstroke, the 100 Freestyle, and the 200 Individual Medley.

Molly Heath (13) placed in the top twenty in the 100 Backstroke and 100 Freestyle. Julianna Norris (13), attending her first USA Swimming competition, swam a 1:22.34 second 100 Freestyle. Raina Hooper (12), posted best times in five events, consistently placing in the top thirty finishers.

In the Girls 10 & Under division, Charlotte Dillmon (9) and Lily Cantrell (9) represented TRSC and Rome. Dillmon swam seven events and dropped time in all. Cantrell, a first-time meetgoer, was awarded valid swims in all four events.

Three Rivers Swim Club next competes at The Wicked Meet in Calhoun, on Oct. 29-30.