Hixson's Sean Ryan finishes 3rd in U.S. Open 1500

Hixson's Sean Ryan finishes 3rd in U.S. Open 1500

August 8th, 2012 by Staff Reports in Sports - Professional

Swimmer Sean Ryan

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Michigan swimmer Sean Ryan from Hixson finished third in the men's 1500-meter freestyle at the U.S. Open meet Tuesday. The former McCallie School standout was the second fastest collegian with his 15:20.79 time in the event, which qualifies him for the 2013 World University Games next July in Kazan, Russia. Ryan's participation in the U.S. Open is the last official representation for the Scenic City Aquatic Club. Its name is being changed to McCallie/GPS Aquatics.

Golf

• KNOXVILLE -- Steve Johnson of Lookout Mountain shot a 67 Tuesday in the opening round of the 97th annual Tennessee Amateur Championship golf tournament at Cherokee Country Club. That put him in a six-way tie for third place, two strokes behind leader Lexus Keoninh of Murfreesboro and one behind Germantown's Tim Jackson, a member of The Honors Course. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Davis Bunn of Knoxville is tied for 17th at 69, and Chattanooga teenager Brooks Thomas and Lee University coach John Maupin are in a large group sharing 31st place at 71.

• JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Crossville's Jean Roise is in the lead by three strokes with her teammate, Carole Fuller of Mount Carmel, with a 6-under-par 66 after the first round Tuesday of the Tennessee Women's Four-Ball Tournament at Johnson City Country Club. Chattanooga's Georgia McCravey and her partner, Evelyn Blackmon of Nashville, opened with a 73 and are in fifth place, while last year's overall runners-up and first-flight winners, Debbie Durham of Signal Mountain and Maggie Scott of Charleston, are tied for sixth at 74. Cleveland residents Lisa Daubner and Linda Mullins are 10th at 75, and Chattanoogans Kilbrey Fowler and Carlene Ryon are tied for 11th at 76.

Football

• Carson-Newman College senior center Kevin Day from Soddy-Daisy High School and Tusculum sophomore place-kicker Logan Cornelius from East Hamilton were among the preseason All-South Atlantic Conference football first-team choices announced Tuesday. Tusculum running back Brian Marshall from Ooltewah was a second-team All-SAC pick by the sports information directors. Tusculum led the league with nine first- and second-team selections despite being sixth out of eight teams in the preseason coaches' poll, and Carson-Newman had eight players named despite being picked fifth. Cornelius led the Pioneers in scoring last year with 68 points, including 11 field goals in 18 tries and 35 extra-point kicks in 36 attempts, and the 5-foot-7, 180-pound Marshall led the Greeneville team in rushing with 395 yards (5.7 per carry) and caught 36 passes for 285 yards. He totaled five touchdowns. Day has started up front for the Eagles since his freshman season. He was one of 15 Carson-Newman players who went to Virginia Beach this past weekend to help in a church outreach and train with U.S. Navy SEALS. "Community service is always great because you're helping others, especially when you're going eight and nine hours away, because people might not know who we are," Day said.