published Monday, July 14th, 2014

Five records fall in CASL meet — and more Chattanooga region sports news

Five meet records were broken Saturday in the Chattanooga Area Swim League's Bill Caulkins City Meet in the Warner Park pool, and two of them fell to Ellie Taliaferro of the Fairyland Club Flash in the 9-10 girls' age group. Taliaferro, one of four 100-point scorers in the two-day event, broke a seven-year record set by Cassidy Harris with a 29.57-second final in the 50-yard butterfly and clipped Ellie Waldrep's year-old standard in the 50 backstroke with a 32.17 finish. Waldrep moved up to 11-12 for the Ooltewah Tidal Waves this year and finished second to Grayson Payne's record 50 backstroke for Cleveland. Payne's 28.55 bettered a 2009 mark set by McCay Mathis. The other two records Saturday were in 200 freestyle relays, with a 1:37.36 by the Dalton Dolphins' 13-14 boys and a 1:40.94 by Signal Mountain's 15-18 girls, breaking that club's mark from 2013. The team standings went the way of the regular season with Dalton, Signal Mountain, Ooltewah and Stuart Heights repeating their first-to-fourth Blue Division finish with Red Division champion Fairyland fifth and Red runner-up Ringgold sixth. The Dolphins totaled 2,380 points Friday and Saturday, followed by 2,032 for Signal's Green Giants, 1,631 for the Tidal Waves, 1,454 for Stuart Heights and 1,140 for the Flash. The other 100-point swimmers were Payne, Dalton's Emilio Valdez and Fairyland's Ben Bevill, and Signal's Susanna LaRochelle, Stuart Heights' Gwennie Davis and Big Ridge's MaeMae Powe each scored 97.

Soccer

• The Chattanooga Football Club has put a bid in to host the South Region playoffs, which start this weekend. The club initially believed they would know Sunday whether or not they would get that opportunity, but found out it wouldn't be announced to either today or later in the week. CFC (10-2-2) earned a spot in the region playoffs with a 4-0 victory over the New Orleans Jesters on Saturday night at Finley Stadium.

Track & Field

• Signal Mountain's Preston Elwell won the Boys 17-18 javelin at the USATF Region 6 championships on Sunday at Samford University. Elwell tossed the javelin 193-6 to smash his personal best, school record and Region 6 meet record by more than 12 feet. The win qualified Elwell for the USATF Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas, at the end of this month and makes him a MileSplit US High School First Team elite athlete.

Rugby

• The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Women's rugby team took second place this weekend in the Tennessee 7s rugby tournament held at the Tennessee Rugby Park in Knoxville. After round-robin play in the morning, Chattanooga defeated the Knoxville Minx 22-5 before falling to the Memphis Storm 22-7. Raven Robinson lead all scorers with three tries, Rachel McGrail had two tries and two conversions and Erin Mitchell scored a try from the prop position. The UTC women will begin 15's practice in August and will host their first home match on Sept 13th, a round-robin match with teams from the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee. First kick is at 11:00 a.m. at Montague Park, and admission is free.

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