2012 NPT PHOTO BY SETH BUTLER Cocke County High School swimmer Bethany McNabb, shown here in a meet against Anderson County High School, has been an integral part of the team this year.
Friday, November 23, 2012
(Last modified: 2012-11-23 23:30:39)
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

The Cocke County High School swim teams has made waves as the 2012-13 season has opened.
In the season opening meet, the Wet Roosters took a split, defeating Carter High School but falling to Knox Karns High School.

Cocke County came out fast, winning the first four of five events. Four other first place events were accompanied by numerous other point-scoring finishes. However the small CCHS squad was unable to fill enough events to secure a victory over both teams.

First place finishes were turned in by Christian Blazer, the lone boy on the team this year, in the 200 freestyle, 100 fly and 500 free. Joining Blazer as first-place finishers were Cherokee Stepp in the 200 freestyle, Bethany McNabb in the 200 individual medley, Caitlin Robertson in the 100 breaststroke and Rachel Watts in the 100 backstroke.

The medley relay team of Watts, Stepp, McNabb and Robertson also took a first place finish. A relay team comprised of McNabb, Robertson, Megan Suggs and Ashley Hayes also took home first place honors in the 200 freestyle relay.

The team's had a number of solid individual performances in the second meet of the season against Anderson County High School, but was unable to pull out a victory. Cocke County had 11 first place finishes and four second place finishes in the meet.

Gaining first place honors were Rachel Watts in the 200 individual medley, Caitlin Robertson in the 50 free, Bethany McNabb in the 100 fly and 100 breaststroke, Christian Blazer in the 100 fly and 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle, Ashley Hayes in the 100 backstroke and Cherokee Stepp in the 500 freestyle.

The medley and freestyle relay team of McNabb, Watts, Stepp and Robertson also turned in a pair of second place finishes.

Earning second place finishes were Stepp in the 200 individual medley, Watts in the 100 fly and Megan Suggs in the 500 freestyle.

Despite having a small squad for the season, the Cocke County team is turning solid finishes on an individual basis this year. The small team size affects the results of meets as the team struggles to accumulate points in matches.

"The small size of the team, particularly not having a boys relay or not having swimmers to make those extra second through sixth place points is unfortunate," Cocke County swim coach Debbie Lloyd said. "The record of wins and losses just doesn't show how good our swimmers and our practice coach, Lisa Stepp, really are.

"In the first two weeks of the season, the team has already turned in 15 times qualifying them for the City Championship Meet in January and two for the state meet in February, which has to be a team record," Lloyd said.

Even though the season has started, the team is still looking for members to fill out its roster.

"The season is young and we would love to pick up a few more swimmers to bring in some extra points, particularly for the boys team," Lloyd said. "Swimming is a great off-season sport for other high school athletes and we would love to have some football players, track and cross-country
runners, baseball and softball, tennis or golf players join us."

Cocke County returns to the pool on Thursday evening, November 29 when they face Jefferson County at the Carson-Newman College aquatic center. CCHS hosts their next home meet at the Newport Community Center on December 1 as they host Walker Valley High School. 

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