On July 16, the Highlands Hurricanes Swim Team traveled to Franklin for the MSL (Mountain Swim League) Conference Meet.
The Hurricanes finished 2nd (479 pts) to FAST (Franklin Amateur Swim Team) (1,037 pts) and ahead of JCST (Jackson County Swim Team) (131 pts), CCAC (Cherokee County Aquatics Club) (131 pts) and SMAC (Smoky Mountain Aquatics Club) (123 pts).
All photos from last home meet at Highlands Pool on July 7. Pictured at the top of the article is Highlands Ian Kittrell crushing the butterfly.
FAST had 123 swimmers and Highlands only 34. The Hurricanes outscored FAST 14 pts per swimmer vs. 8 pts per swimmer. Of the 62 individual gold medals awarded the Hurricanes earned 21 and the 4 times larger FAST team won 24.
Jr. Olympians Aniah McKim, Lilliana Jandera-Chambless, Justin Powell, Jack Sumner, Jasmin Abranyi and brothers Blake and Chase Kenter led the Hurricanes w 31.5, 28, 28, 26, 24, 24, and 24 pts each.
Bella Batista and Corina Dearth scored 23 pts. Elizabeth Burnette scored 22, while Paolo McRae brought home 20.5.
Connor Hughes scored 20, Ian Kittrell, 18; Alex Lopez 16; Penelope McRae 15.5; Mason Johnson 13; Nikita Denisoff 12; Emilina Hernandez 10.5; Chris Burnette and Alex Petric 10; Finneaus Garner, Ian Batista and Max Jestin all 9; Jelehna McKim 8; Asa Garner 7; Emma Denisoff, Walker Kittrell and William Burnette 6; Jayce Powell 5; Mamie Phfol, Valerie Nadzorau, and Katherine Wise 4 and Elizabeth Dodge 3.
Highlands Hurricanes Swim Team win last home meet of the summer season
On July 7, the Highlands Hurricanes hosted the Cherokee County Aquatics Club (CCAC) and the Smoky Mountain Aquatics Club (SMAC) from Murphy and Waynesville respectively.
The Hurricanes won 585-206-130.
Outstanding performances included Aniah McKim breaking the pool record in the 100 freestyle, and Jack Sumner breaking the pool record in the 100 backstroke.
Also scoring for the Hurricanes were Finneaus Garner 28 pts; Corena Dearth and Aniah McKim 25; Jack Sumner and Bella Batista 24; Jasmine Abranyi, Emilina Hernandez and Emma Denisoff 23; Chase Kenter and Alex Lopez 22; Margaret Cole and Mamie Pfohl 21; Conner Hughes and Ian Kittrell 20; Penelope McRae and Nikita Denisoff 19; Elizabeth Burnette and Jayce Powell 17; Alex Petric-Sakonjic 16; Paolo McRae, Blake Kenter and Justin Powell 15; Max Justin and Asa Garner 14; Lilliana Jandera-Chambless and Ian Batista 13; Chris Burnette, Elizabeth Dodge and Katherine Wise 12; Sadie Bysura 10; Mason Johnson 8; Valerie Nadzorau 7; Jelehna McKim 6; Annabelle Searles 5;William Burnette 4; and Shaedon Urena 1.
The Highlands Hurricanes Swim Team is a Highlands Recreation Park Team that practices at the Highlands Recreation Park Pool in the evenings.
The only requirement to join the team is that a prospective swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards (one length of the Recreation Park Pool) unassisted. For further information please call Head Coach Steve Hott at 828.421.4121.