Thunder delayed the meet’s start and eventually the meet would be called for thunder and lightning. However, in between rain clouds, both teams put up impressive times.
The Waves were hindered with only 75 swimmers competing and fell 609-415. Several Waves members, however, were high-point winners for the meet. They included Addison McQueen in the 7-8 girls open; Meyer Tinley in the 11-12 boys open; Jules Atkinson in the 11-12 girls open; Diana Araque in the 13-14 girls open; Karol Szumski in the 15-18 boys novice; Jonathan Perrone in the 15-18 boys open; and Simone Atkinson in the 15-18 girls open.
The Waves were led by assistant coach Dixie Flesher in head coach Josh Tinley’s absence.
The Willoughby Waves also competed in an away meet June 28 at Caged Bend in Gallatin.
The Waves had seven high-point winners that included Ella Manchir in the 7-8 girls novice; Scott Roth in the 7-8 boys open; Atkinson in the 11-12 girls open; Tinley in the 11-12 boys open; Chloe Sun in the 13-14 girls novice; Araque in the 13-14 girls open; and Atkinson in the 15-18 girls open.
Miquellie Bonner, Isabelle Boulineau, Niamh Bridgen, Roxie Flesher, Job Flores, Joely Ford, Sarah Heckman, Avery Hix, Avery Hopper, Briley Houston, Josh Ingram, Addison McQueen, Laurel Middleton, Morgan Middleton, David Paddon, Nate Roth, Trey Roth, Clara Grace Sanders, Anna Sergent, Bella Smith, Olivia Swierc and Samantha Swierc won individual races at the Gallatin meet.
“I still can’t believe we won so many races and lost the meet,” Tinley said. “But there were some age groups for which we didn’t have any swimmers, and that cost us a lot of points, especially in relays.”
The Waves have 50 swimmers scheduled to compete in the Nashville City Meet on July 8-10.