Records Continue Falling During Day Two Of The 2016 Tennessee High School State Championships

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The second and final day of the 2016 TISCA Tennessee High School Swimming & Diving Championships concluded with athletes participating in the 100 free, 500 free, 200 free relay, 100 back, 100 breast, and 400 free relay.

On the women’s side:

Harpeth Hall took home the first place trophy after accumulating a stunning 234.5 points. Second went to St. Mary’s Episcopal School, while the Baylor School rounded out the top three with 163.5 points.

Riley Gaines of Station Camp and Tatum Wade of Christ Presbyterian Academy battled for first in the 100 free finishing a slim .03 seconds apart. A faster second 50 from Gaines propelled her to the wall where she stopped the clock at 49.36 over Wade’s 49.39.

Hardin Valley’s Erica Laning slashed 11.15 seconds off her prelims time of 4:53.94 to claim first and a new state record in the 500 free. Laning’s 4:42.79 overturned Tatum Wade’s 4:44.00 record from 2015.

Harpeth Hall’s Emily Jenkins (25.99), Ophelia Pilkinton (23.75), Ella Nelson (23.54), and Julia Eskew (23.15) posted a combined time of 1:36.43 to grab first in the 200 free relay. Second went to Science Hill and their time of 1:38.99, while Brentwood Academy took third with a time of 1:40.01.

Susanna LaRochelle of Girls Preparatory won the 100 back with a final time of 54.81, almost duplicating her prelims time of 54.82. Second went to Mary Brakefield of Hillsboro who posted a time of 55.13. Brentwood Academy’s Kiley Vandevier was third with a 56.26.

Allison Raab of Christian Brothers posted a final time of 1:00.95 to win gold in the 100 breaststroke. Eskew took second with a time of 1:01.94.

Harpeth Hall’s Nelson (51.08), Kate Mabry (55.17), Pilkinton (51.65), and Eskew (50.56) ended the meet on a high note with a combined time of 3:28.46 for first in the 400 free relay. St. Mary’s claimed second with a time of 3:29.66, while third went to Hardin Valley and their time of 3:31.15.

On the men’s side:

Memphis University School turned in a final total of 344.5 points for first in the championships. Baylor School took second with a total of 295 points, while third and went to the men of Science Hill High School and their 188 points.

Knoxville Catholic’s Alec Connolly finished first in the 100 free with a time of 45.09. Joshua Walsh of Collierville and Henry Keel of Memphis University tied for second with a final time of 45.21. Memphis University teammate Christian Berry was an incredibly close fourth with a final time of 45.22.

Trey Freeman of Baylor outlasted the competition in the 500 free winning with a final time of 4:22.48, nearly ten seconds ahead of the competition. STEM’s Alex Hines finished second with a time of 4:32.25, while Baylor’s Peter Lochmaier took third with a 4:37.14.

Baylor’s relay team of Matthew Boyer (21.74), Gershwin Greene (20.67), Jack Best (20.78), and Freeman (19.99) grabbed first in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:23.18. The group of four finished a slim .46 seconds off the existing state record of 1:22.72 held by The Baylor School.

University School of Jackson’ Daniel Whisenant powered to a first place finish in the 100 back with a time of 48.64. Memphis University’s Alex Robinson put up a strong fight for second, finishing with a time of 48.75.

Daniel Chang of Science Hill surged to a new state record in the 100 breaststroke stopping the clock at a swift 53.94. Chang’s time betters Ethan Browne’s 2015 record of 54.75 by almost a second.

Memphis University’s Robinson (45.78), Jack McCaghren, Berry, and Keel (45.79) slashed their prelims time of 3:10.20 with a combined time of 3:02.84, good enough for a new state record in the 400 free relay. The quad’s time overturned the 3:04.00 record set by The Baylor School in 2014.

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    Bill Bell

    Harpeth Hall is the alma mater of a certain former double Olympic gold-medalist and triple World Champion and her sister plus a certain former Texas All-America/NCAA champ.

    Now what was that Olympian’s name again? Tracy somebody or other I think. Wonder whatever became of her?

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