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The 2016 TISCA Tennessee High School Swimming and Diving Championships kicked off today in Nashville with some sizzling swims.
The relay team of Abbey Autry, Lauren Mabie, Kiara Norris and Alison MacQueen from St. Mary’s kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay of 1:45.17. Girls’ Prepatory School (1:47.12) and Brentwood High School tied for second with a time of 1:47.12.
Erica Laning of Hardin Valley Academy took first in the 200 free with a time of 1:46.36. Allison Raab of Brentwood was a close second with a time of 1:48.85.
The girls 200 IM proved to be an exciting race with the top two finishers under the previous state record of 2:00.08 set in 2014 by Annie Kryiakidis. Harpeth Hall’s Ella Nelson posted a final time of 1:59.45 to get under the state record, but Tatum Wade of Christ Presbyterian Academy notched the record at a sizzling 1:57.87.
The female sprinters kept it close in the 50 free with the top three finishers touching within .29 of one another. Sarah Thompson of St. George’s Ind. School claimed the gold with a time of 23.34. Hillsboro’s Mary Brakefield finished close behind with a 23.39 for second, while third went to Heather Kudialis of Science Hill.
Station Camp’s Riley Gaines dashed to first in the girls 100 fly posting a final time of 54.59 to be the only athlete under the 55-second mark. MacQueen turned in a time of 55.37 for second, while third was claimed by Zoe Whelan of St. Agnes Academy and her time of 56.90.
It was a fight to the finish in the boys 200 medley relay with the top three finishers posting times within .72 seconds of each other. It was the boys of Memphis University School who got their hand to the wall first though. The team of Alex Robinson, Parker Kaye, Jack McCaghren and CJ Turner posted a combined time of 1:31.27 to secure the win. Second was Science Hill with a 1:31.65.
Trey Freeman of The Baylor School delivered a sizzling 1:36.70 in the boys 200 free to not only win the event but to also post the second fastest 200 free by a 15-and-under, only Grant House sits ahead of him with a 1:35.84 from 2014.
Science Hill’s Daniel Chang grabbed the win in the boys 200 IM by a whopping 4.79 seconds, finishing with a time of 1:46.52. Alex Hines of L&N STEM Academy took second with a time of 1:51.31, while McCallie’s Jon Ransom was third with a 1:51.96.
Christian Berry and Henry Keel delivered a 1-2 finish for Memphis University School in the boys 50 free with times of 20.48 and 20.58 respectively.
Caleb Harrington of Bearden High School posted a final time of 48.74 to take gold in the boys 100 fly. McCaghren joined him under the 50-second mark with a time of 49.20 for second.
The meet continues tomorrow with the boys and girls competing in the 100 Free, 500 Free, 200 Free Relay, 100 Back, 100 Breast, and 400 Free Relay.