Jefferson coach Tess Nunnally said her team’s “next man up” mentality was on full display this past Saturday (Nov. 14) in the team’s second meet of the year.
With several swimmers out due to various reasons, the Dragons still won the girls’ North Hall Invitational meet at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center in Gainesville, while the girls’ and boys’ teams combined for a third-place finish overall in the event.
“This was exciting because it shows the depth of talent on our team,” Nunnally said. “ … Many of our top swimmers were not present so others took this opportunity to shine. I was so proud to see our swimmers step to the challenge of having half a team and still be able to dominate the competition in many ways.”
Top performances included:
•girls’ 200-yard medley relay (Alyssa Bartoletta, Makaylee Cain, Karly Bartoletta, and Kylee Novicki), first, 2:12.37.
•girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay (Alyssa Bartoletta, Karly Bartoletta, Makaylee Cain, and Macie Patridge), first, 1:55.14.
•girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay (Gracie Holman, Cathryn McMullan, Makaylee Cain and Macie Patridge), first, 4:35.94.
•Kylee Novicki, first, 200-yard freestyle, 2:35.82.
•Alyssa Bartoletta, first, 200-yard individual medley, 2:26.28.
•Karly Bartoletta, first, 500-yard freestyle, 5:59.15.
•Grace Richardson, first, 50-yard freestyle, 27.64; first, 100-yard backstroke, 1:08.92.
•Makaylee Cain, first, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:20.38.
•Garret Isaacs, Caleb Rudisill, Stephen Mendoza, Decator Dunagan and Mason Klinck picked up points for the high school boys’ team.
Jefferson’s middle school teams dominated again, winning both the boys’ and girls’ meet and the overall meet as well.
Top middle school performers were:
•boys’ 200-yard medley relay (Justin Duke, Will Nunnally, Garrett Richmond and Cayden Sheridan), first, 2:18.88.
•Justin Duke, first, 50-yard freestyle, 25.19; first, 50-yard backstroke, 29.09.
•Cayden Sheridan, first, 100-yard freestyle, 1:00.10.
•Garrett Richmond, first, 50-yard breaststroke, 44.96.
•girls’ 200-yard medley relay (Aubree-Clare Flores, Haylee Cain, Kate Dunagan and Addi Burns), first, 2:13.12.
•girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay (Aubree-Clare Flores, Haylee Cain, Addi Burns, and Kate Dunagan), first, 1:57.45.
•Kate Dunagan, first, 50-yard freestyle, 25.77, first, 100-yard freestyle, 56.0.
•Aubree-Clare Flores, first, 50-yard butterfly, 28.81; first, 50-yard backstroke, 29.75.
Jefferson’s next meet is Dec. 5 at Frances Meadows in Gainesville, hosted by Cherokee Bluff.