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Swim team competes against Morristown

Unicoi County High School competed in its second swim meet of the season on Thursday, Dec. 11, at Carson-Newman University in a tri-meet against Morristown East and Morristown West.
“It was a good growing experience,” head coach Jonathan Kenney said. “It was the first time our team got a chance to see that nice of a facility like Carson-Newman has. We weren’t as successful as we wanted to be. It just comes down to a competitiveness level. We have swimmers competing for the first time. The teams from Morristown have been swimming together for awhile.”
Blue Devil Kaleb Clawson continued to make strides by placing second in the 50-meter and third in the 100-meter. Since their last meet, Clawson was able to shave seconds off his personal bests in both events.
Across the board, all the team members were able to improve their times, Kenney said.
“Everybody took time off from their first meet in Elizabethton,” he added. “Kaleb took a half-second off his 50, four seconds off his 100. Brianna Gentry took four seconds off her 50, Olivia (Brackins) took seven seconds off her 100 and Dara Carney-Nedelman to four seconds off her 100-yard backstroke. It was just a solid performance by everybody.”
Kenney also mentioned senior Hannah Fender who was the Lady Blue Devil’s top performer by recording a pair of top-five finishes.
“We want to win,” the head coach said, “but at this point, we are just worried about making progress week after week since it’s our first year and we’re starting to see it.”
UCHS will have a quick turnaround for its next meet. The Blue Nation swimmers head to Dobyns-Bennett on Thursday, Dec. 18, to square off against both Morristown schools and with the Indians. The meet is tentatively set to start 6:30 p.m. in Kingsport
“It will be a big meet for us,” Kenney said. “It will be important to see how we respond with a short break in between meets.
“We got a chance to see the Morristown schools and we know Dobyns-Bennett will be tough. We’re looking forward to the meet.”