Ridgefield Racers edge Barracudas

By Rebecca Pierson
Assistant Sports Editor
rpierson@starhq.com

  The Ridgefield Country Club Racers swim team defeated the Elizabethton Barracudas swim team 285-241 Thursday night at Elizabethton High School.
  "There has been a big improvement in my players," Barracudas head coach Jonell Johnson said. "I am targeting younger swimmers because this is my feeder program for the junior high and high school teams. That is all right with me. I could use older players, especially 10-and-under boys. We lost a lot of points in that area."
  "They have improved a lot," Racer coach Andrew Franklin said. "We have only had them in the water about three weeks as far as laps. We have really improved on our techniques in practicing every day."
  Ridgefield's Justin Conner won the first heat in the boys 10-and-under 100. Elizabethton's Brianna McManus won first place in the girls 10-and-under. Ridgefield's Emily Testerman placed second.
  In the boys 12-and-under 100, Ridgefield's Kelly Noris won with a time of 1:50:36. Molly Norris was uncontested in the girls 12-and-under 100 with a time of 1:54:65.
  Ben Way won the boys 14-and-under 100 heat for Ridgefield. Elizabethton posted a first and second-place finish in the girls 14-and-under 100 with Tayler Mollish and Alisha Padgett. Ridgefield's Elizabeth Holt placed third.
  Ridgefield's Andrew Franklin and Josh George finished first and second, respectively, in the boys open 100. Elizabethton's Preston Davis won the boys 8-and-under 25 free. Ridgefield's Jackson May and Sammy Noris placed second and third, while Elizabethton's Bo Pless placed fourth.
  Jane Bowman and Katie Pless placed first and second for Elizabethton in the girls 8-and-under 25 free. Sophia Neglia and Sarah Homoky placed third and fourth.
  Ridgefield took the boys 10-and-under 25 free with a first-place finish by Alex Dayton and Zach Espeland. Both teams tied for first place in the girls 10-and-under 25 free. Briana McManus of Elizabethton and MacKenzie Maddox for Ridgefield held the top spot. Whitney Roberts posted a third place finish for Elizabethton.
  Kelly Norris earned the first-place spot for Ridgefield in the boys 12-and-under 50 free. Jared Jordan and Luke Martinez posted second and third for Elizabethton.
  Ridgefield's Jordan Bishop and Sydney May finished first and fourth, respectively, inthe boys 14-and-under 50 free. Justin Stanley and Marcus Hill placed second and third for Elizabethton.
  In the girls 14-and-under free, Elizabethton finished first and second with Taylor Mollish and Amanda Walker. Elizabeth Holt and Molly Norris finished third and fourth.
  Ridgefield also took the boys open 50 free with a first and second place finish with Travis Darling and Jim Maddox. Mathew Fair finished third for Elizabethton.
  Becky Bishop won the girls open 50 free for Ridgefield. Alisha Padgett and Shea Whitehead placed second and third for Elizabethton. Ridgefield's Meridith Maddox finished in fourth.
  Jackson May finished first and Sammy Noris finished first and third for Ridgefield in the boys 8-and-under 25 breaststroke. Preston Davis finished second for Elizabethton.
  Ridgefield's Julia Dessauer and Sarah Testerman placed first and second for the girls 8 and under 25 breaststroke. Sierra Reis placed third for Elizabethton.
  Zachery Kupeland and Billy Carries posted a one-two finish in the boys 10-and-under 25 breaststroke for Ridgefield.
  Elizabethton placed first and second in the girls 14-and-under 50 free with Taylor Mollish and Amanda Walker. Elizabeth Holt and Molly Noris placed third and fourth for Ridgefield.
  Travis Darling and Jim Maddox placed first and second for Ridgefield in the boys open 50 free, and Mathew Fair finished third for Elizabethton.
  Becky Bishop and Meridith Maddox placed first and fourth for Ridgefield in the girls open 50 free. Alisha Padgett and Shea Whitehead finished second and third for Elizabethton.
  Preston Davis placed second for Elizabethton in the boys 8-and-under breaststroke. Jackson May and Sammy Noris finished first and third, respectively, for Ridgefield.
  Ridgefield's Julia Dessauer and Sarah Testerman placed first and second in the girls 8-and-under 25 breaststroke. Sierra Reis placed third for Elizabethton.
  Ridgefield took the boys 10-and-under 25 breaststroke with a first and second-place finish by Zachery Kupeland and Billy Carries.
  Elizabethton's Danielle Miller and Brianna McManus placed first and second in the girls 10-and-under 25 breaststroke. Taylor Bishop placed third for Ridgefield.
  Elizabethton's Jared Jordan and Rigefield's Kelly Norris tied for first in the boys 12-and-under 50 breaststroke. Mathew Fair posted third for Elizabethton.
  Stephanie Egeler and Taylor Campbell placed first and third for Elizabethton in the girls 12-and-under 50 breaststroke. Molly Norris and Sydney May finished second and fourth for Ridgefield.
  Elizabethton took the boys 14 and under 50 breaststroke with a one, two finish with Justin Stanley and Marcus Hill.
  Alisha Padgett and Shea Whitehead posted second and third for Elizabethton in the girls 14-and-under breaststroke. Elizabeth Holt and MacKenzie Maddox finished first and fourth for Ridgefield.
  Travis Darling and Jim Maddox finished first and second for Ridgefield in the boys open 50 breaststroke. Luke Martinez placed third for Elizabethton.
  Amanda Walker and Bethany Fair finished first and third for Elizabethton in the girls open 50 breaststroke. Meridith Maddox placed second for Ridgefield.
  Preston Davis and Bo Pless finished first and fourth for Elizabethton in the boys 8-and-under 25 backstroke. Garrett McNair and Sammy Norris finished second and third for Ridgefield.
  Katie Pless and Jane Bowman placed first and second in the girls 8-and-under 25 backstroke for Elizabethton. Julia Dessauer and Sophia Neslia placed third and fourth for Ridgefield.
  Ridgefield placed first and second in the boys 10-and-under 25 backstroke with Zachary Espeland and Billy Carries.
  Emily Testerman and McKensie Maddox placed first and second in the girls 10-and-under 25 backstroke for Ridgefield. Whitney Roberts and Hosanna Leger placed third and fourth for Elizabethton.
  Elizabethton's Jared Jordan and Mathew Fair placed first and second for Elizabethton in the boys 12-and-under 50 backstroke.
  Ridgefield placed first and second in the girls 12-and-under backstroke with Jordan Bishop and Sydney May. Elizabethton's Taylor Campbell and Emma Strugill placed third and fourth.
  Elizabethton's took the girls' and boys' 14 and under 50 backstroke. Justin Stanley and Marcus Hill placed one, two in the boys and Shea Whitehead and Bethany Fair finished for the girls.
  Andrew Franklin and Jim Maddox finished first and second in the boys open 50 backstroke for Ridgefield. Luke Martinez finished third for Elizabethton.
  Ruth Ann Johnson and Tayler Mollish finished first and second in the girls open 50 backstroke for Elizabethton. Becky Bishop placed third for Ridgefield.
  Ridgefield's Garret McNair was the only competitor in the boys 8 and under 25 fly. Elizabethton's Katie Pless was the only competitor for the girls 8-and-under 25 fly. Ridgefield's Alex Daytona and Justin Conner placed one, two in the boys 10-and-under 25 fly.
  Elizabethton's Whitney Roberts and Hosanna Leger placed for second and fourth in the girls 10-and-under 25 fly. MacKensie Maddox and Taylor Bishop placed first and fourth for Ridgefield.
  Ridgefield ran away with the girls 12-and-under fly with Jordan Bishop and Molly Norris, the boys 14-and-under 50 fly with Ben Way and the boys open 50 fly with Travis Darling and Josh George.
  Elizabethton took the girls 14-and-under 50 fly with a one, two finish by Ruth Ann Johnson and Amanda Walker.
  Both teams split the girls open 50 fly with first place going to Elizabethton's Jonell Johnson and Merideth Maddox finishing second for Ridgefield.
  Ridgefield finished first in seven of the 11 events. Sarah Homoky, Julia Dessauer, Sarah Testerman and Sophia Neglia won the girls 8-and-under 100 free relay.
  Conner Joslin, Zachery Espeland and Alex Payton won the boys 10-and-under 100 free relay. Emily Testerman, Julia Dessauer, Taylor Bishop and MacKenzie Maddox won the girls 10-and-under 100 free relay.
  Jordan Bishop, Molly Norris, Sydney may and MacKensie Maddox won the girls 12-and-under 200 free relay. Kelly Norris, Billy Carrier, Zachary Espeland and Ben Way won the boys 14-and-under 200 free relay.
  Travis Darling, Josh Greene, Jim Maddox and Andrew Franklin placed first in the boys open 200 free relay. Jackson May, Alex Dayton, Kelly Norris and Ben Way won the boys 100 mixed medley relay.
  Elizabethton's Mathew Fair, Jared Jordan, Luke Martinez and Preston Davis won the boys 12-and-under 200 free relay. Bethany Fair, Ruth Ann Johnson, Tayler Mollish and Alisha Padgett won the girls 14-and-under 200 free relay.
  Amanda Walker, Shea Whitehead, Jonell Johnson and Alisha Padgett placed first in the girls open 200 free relay. Jane Bowman, Tayler Mollish, Briana McManus and Emma Sturgill won the girls 100 mixed medley relay.
  Jane Bowman, Axie McQueen, Sierra Roberts and Cheyenne Cole placed second for Elizabethton in the girls 8-and-under 100 free relay. Hosanna Leger, Katie Bowman, Whitney Roberts and Briana McManus placed second in the girls 10 and under 100 free relay.
  Stephanie Egeler, Taylor Campbell, Emma Sturgill and Whitney Roberts placed second in the girls 12-and-under 200 free relay. Justin Stanley, Marcus Hill, Luke Martinez and Preston Davis placed second in the boys 14-and-under 200 relay. Justin Stanley, Marcus Hill, Mathew Fair and Jared Jordan placed second in the boys open 200 free relay.