TAD swimmers compete in middle finals

from staff reports

   The 2003 middle school championship swimming meet was held on Tuesday, and T.A. Dugger came away with some solid finishes to show for their efforts.
   The big performance of the night for the Junior Cyclones was turned in by Tayler Mollish, who captured first place in the girls 50-yard freestyle. Her time of 31.60 was just good enough to edge out Vance's Jessica Ratliff, who posted a 31.68.
   Amanda Walker put together a very good performance in the girls 50 fly, swimming a 36.08 for second-place honors. Teammate Megan Andrews took fourth in the event with a 42.06.
   Walker added a third-place showing (38.81) in the girls 50 back, with TAD's Keely Hamm placing fifth (40.36) in the 13-swimmer field.
   Girls relays were a source of strength for the Junior Cyclones, who took second place (1:03.16) in the 100 free and third in the 100 medley (1:10.38).
   Alisha Padgett, Cassie Snyder, Tori Stahl and Mollish formed the runner-up unit, while Hamm, Walker, Mollish and Andrews teamed on the third-place finish.
   Snyder and Stahl also fared well individually, finishing fourth (16.88) and fifth (16.91), respectively, out of 18 competitors in the girls 25 free.
   Justin Stanley was also bright spot for TAD, notching a third-place effort (17.11) in the boys 25 free.
   The Junior Cyclones came in fourth out of five teams in the team competition -- they were third in the female division -- scoring 281 points. Vance emerged the champion with 597.