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Science Hill's Altman, Eads make top-10 showings

Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 10, 2018 at 10:30 PM

KNOXVILLE—Coming back for the second day of the TISCA state swimming and diving championships, Science Hill didn’t tail off.

The Lady Hilltoppers achieved a top-10 finish Saturday at the Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, tying Girls Preparatory School for 10th with 77 points. As for the Hilltoppers boys, they scored 38 to post a 17th-place showing.

In combined scoring, Science Hill placed 11th with 115 points.

Completing her swim in 1:04.21, Haley Altman came through with a sixth-place performance in the girls 100-yard breaststroke. She, Julia Davenport, Lexi Gay and Isabel Tomita combined forces to finish 10th (1:39.68) in the 200 freestyle relay.

The Lady ’Toppers were 10th as well in the 400 freestyle relay, with Davenport, Gay, Tomita and Morgan Misenar posting a time of 3:39.34.

Science Hill’s highlights in boys competition included Kodee Eads swimming a 53.76 for ninth place in the 100 backstroke.

The 400 freestyle relay brought forth a 12th-place finish for the Hilltoppers, whose quartet consisted of Jake McMackin, Nour Shams, Luke Barnes and William Peterson.

Represented by McMackin, Shams, Reece Bradford and Eads, the ’Toppers took 14th in the 200 freestyle relay.

Nick Van Eaton produced a commendable performance in diving, closing in 13th place (292.70 points).

“Going into the meet, we knew we were young,” said Science Hill coach Chris Coraggio. “We knew we had to have people step up at the state level. We had people that did just that.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the young men and women who represented Science Hill High School and the Johnson City community with their performances.”

Also of note, Washington County resident/homeschooler Claire Gerlock swam the girls 100 backstroke for Team G. She fared well, touching the wall in 58.08 for a ninth-place finish.

For Dobyns-Bennett’s ladies, Kynadi Lane made a fifth-place showing in diving with 333.20 points.

Moreover, Hayley Kirk forged a 13th-place tie with Collierville’s Abby Bowers in the 100 breaststroke. They finished in 1:06.81.

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