Area sports notes: Jenny Smith completes open-water Triple Crown

Area sports notes: Jenny Smith completes open-water Triple Crown

July 25th, 2018 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

Chattanooga's Jenny Smith recently completed what is considered the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, and she did the three grueling events in less than a year. The wife, mother, yoga teacher and head of Baylor School's growing tri-masters swimming program circled Manhattan Island in New York City in late June in what is called the 20 Bridges Swim. She swam the English Channel last August and the Catalina Channel off the coast of California in October. Her achievement made her officially the 147th person to complete the Triple Crown, according to the World Open Water Swimming Association. She covered 28 miles in 11 hours, 13 minutes in the English Channel, 20.2 miles in 10:45 at Catalina and 28.5 miles in 8:52 around Manhattan. She has a window of Aug. 19-24 to attempt the North Channel Swim, 45 kilometers from Northern Ireland to Scotland. Smith and her family served as volunteers last Saturday in the annual local SPARC watersports day for the disabled.

' Trey Freeman competes in his final meet for the Baylor Swim Club in the Phillips 66 National Championships today through Sunday in Irvine, California. It serves as the selection meet for the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships Aug. 9-12 in Tokyo. Freeman was the 18-under national champion in the 200 and 400 freestyle events at last year's Phillips 66 Nationals and earned a relay silver medal and a 400 bronze at the 2017 FINA Junior Worlds. Freeman will compete in the 100 free today, the 200 free Thursday, the 400 free Saturday and the 800 free Sunday.


' University of Tennessee golfer Brayden Garrison of Nolensville (TN) leads the 54-hold Chattanooga Choo-Choo Invitational at Council Fire after Tuesday's round. Garrison has shot 66-67 (133) for a three-shot lead over Michael Barnard, an incoming freshman at Middle Tennessee State University. Barnard will be competing in the upcoming PGA Junior Championship at Valhalla. In its sixth year, the CCCI is a ranked event by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club where players receive world ranking points. This years event hosts 99 players from fifty-four different colleges and universities.


' The funeral service for long-successful area high school teacher and coach Don Burton Sr. is set for noon Thursday at Williamson and Sons Funeral Home in Soddy-Daisy, where the family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Burton died Saturday at the age of 82. He held the basketball scoring record in the Ohio city where he went to high school for 32 years, and he left Lincoln Memorial University as the Railsplitters' career scoring leader. His 34-year coaching career included football, softball, cross country and tennis but is mainly remembered for basketball, where he compiled a 585-320 record. That was mostly at Sale Creek but also included stints at Birchwood and Soddy-Daisy. He is in the LMU and Greater Chattanooga Sports halls of fame.


' The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Covenant College and Sewanee women's tennis teams and the Sewanee men all were announced Tuesday as recipients of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association all-academic team award for cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Also, UTC's Delaney Edwards, Caroline Hall, Emma Van Hee and Sydney Patton; Covenant's Esther Eddy, Aly Hall, Mackenzie Jones and Mariah Westra; and Sewanee's Maggie Crumbliss, Clementina Davila, Mary Jane McCaghren, Sara Thompson, Jordan Brewer, Andres Carro, Aubrey Davis, Jack Gray, Sean Halloran and Zan Meyer were ITA scholar-athletes.

' The Sewanee women's lacrosse team has been designated an IWLCA Zag Sports academic squad for the sixth year in a row, and the Tigers' Anna Comer, Catherine Crigler, Molly Elkins, Grace Fulton, Bridget McConville and Kit Sommi made the coaches association's Division III academic honor roll. Elkins and Sommi are second-time selections. The criteria include at least junior academic status and a cumulative 3.5 GPA.