Bay­lor, McCal­lie win state swim­ming ti­tles

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Bay­lor and McCal­lie won the 2019 TISCA state swim­ming and div­ing cham­pi­onships Satur­day night at the Cen­ten­nial Sport­sPlex in Nashville.

McCal­lie took the boys’ ti­tle by 40 points over Maryville, 271231, with Bay­lor third at 223.5 and Ensworth a dis­tant fourth at 151. The Bay­lor girls edged Har­peth Hall, 320-314, with Hardin Val­ley, Maryville and Ensworth com­plet­ing the top five at 151, 133 and 129.

Bay­lor’s two-gen­der strength pro­vided its 14th con­sec­u­tive com­bined cham­pi­onship. That came with 543.5 points, com­pared to 364 for Maryville and 280 for third-place Ensworth.

Fri­day, Bay­lor’s El­lie Wal­drep, Jewel Gor­don, Ad­di­son Smith and Cal­lie West won the girls’ 200-yard med­ley re­lay in a school-record and NISCA au­to­matic All-Amer­i­can time of 1:39.91, which is the fastest in the na­tion so far this year. Girls Prepara­tory School and Sig­nal Moun­tain were third and fourth in that race.

Bay­lor’s Alex Borisov won the boys’ 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley and joined Jack Kirby, Ai­dan Sims and Will Tip­pett in a sec­ond-place 200 med­ley re­lay.

Smith was sec­ond in the girls’ 200 freestyle and Wal­drep was sec­ond in the 100 but­ter­fly in au­to­matic All-Amer­i­can times, and Gor­don in the 50 free and Ha­ley Rice in 1-me­ter div­ing were third. GPS’s El­lie Tali­a­ferro was the 50 free run­ner-up.

McCal­lie’s Jake Mar­cum and Will Jack­son were first and sec­ond with au­to­matic All-Amer­i­can times of 1:38.13 and 1:38.14 in the boys’ 200 free, and Max Ran­som was fourth in the 100 fly. Those three with fel­low up­per­class­man Reece Gallagher won the 200 free re­lay Satur­day and with fresh­man Sam Powe capped the Blue Tor­nado’s ti­tle tri­umph with a first­place 3:04.39 in the fi­nal event, the boys’ 400 free re­lay. Both re­lays were in All-Amer­i­can and school-record times.

That came im­me­di­ately af­ter Bay­lor’s Wal­drep, Jamee Mitchum, Avery Wil­son and West fin­ished sec­ond to Har­peth Hall in hold­ing off the Honey­bears for the big prize. Ear­lier Satur­day, Dal­las Woods, Gor­don, Mitchum and Smith were sec­ond in the 200 free re­lay, and Kirby, Tip­pett, Chap­man Var­nell and Michael Gul­lage trailed only McCal­lie’s four­some in the boys’ race.

Also Satur­day, Bay­lor’s Smith and Kirby won the girls’ 500 free and boys’ 100 back­stroke in All-Amer­i­can clock­ings of 4:46.1 and 48.21, Kirby was sec­ond in the 100 free, Wal­drep was sec­ond in the girls’ 100 back in another All-Amer­i­can time and Borisov was sec­ond with McCal­lie’s Gul­lage fourth in the boys’ 100 breast­stroke.

McCal­lie’s Jack­son won the 500 free with Bay­lor’s Zach Kangiser fourth, the Tor­nado’s Mar­cum and Powe were sec­ond and fourth be­hind Kirby in the 100 back, and Sig­nal Moun­tain’s Ce­cilia Porter was sec­ond in the girls’ 100 breast.

GPS got fifth-place fin­ishes from Tali­a­ferro in the 100 free and Emma Scruggs in the 100 back.

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