Swimmers shine for Barracudas

from staff reports

   CHURCH HILL -- Led by Briana McManus and Ruth Ann Johnson, the Elizabethton Barracudas put forth a solid performance in the Kingsport Area Summer Swim League Championship on Saturday at the Church Hill Municipal Pool.
   There were 131 swimmers in the event, including 47 from the Aqua Jets Aquatic Club, 23 Church Hill Stingrays, 19 Ridgefields' (Country Club) Racers, 13 Elizabethton Barracudas, 11 Legion Dolphins, 10 Johnson City Sea Otters and eight from the Rogersville Flying Fish.
   The Aqua Jets captured the team title with 919 points, followed by the Stingrays with 324 and the Ridgefields' Racers with 190.
   McManus finished third in the 8-and-under female division while Johnson took third in the 14-and-under female group. Both swimmers totaled 19 points on the day.
   In the 8-and-under competition, McManus mustered a first-place showing (21.78) in the 25-yard freestyle as well as a third-place effort in the 25-yard butterfly.
   Johnson scored a trio of top three finishes in her age bracket, taking second place in the 50-yard butterfly as well as third in the 100-yard intermediate medley and 50-yard breast-stroke.
   Sydney Farthing provided the Barracudas a big highlight, winning the girls 8-and-under backstroke with a time of 28.11, while Amanda Walker collected third-place finishes in the girls 12-and-under 100-yard intermediate medley and 50-yard butterfly.
   Audra Walker swam to third place in the girls open 50-yard breast-stroke, with Trish McNeely coming in third in the girls open 50-yard backstroke.
   In relay competition, Allissa Walker, McNeely, Audra Walker and Johnson teamed for a second-place finish in the girls open 200-yard freestyle, and Megan Andrews, Cassie Snyder, Keely Hamm and Amanda Walker placed third in the 200-yard freestyle.
   The Barracuda Swim Club sponsors the Summer League each year.