Victory Swim Team scores many new victories at KISL CITY Championships

Coach Chris Pelant

Competing for their various schools, Victory Swim Team athletes swam to many new victories at the KISL CITY Championships this last weekend at the University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center. 

The Concord Christian School’s (CCS) high school relay team wowed the Knoxville finals audience by winning BOTH the 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relays at the one day Knoxville CITY Championships. Three of the team members, Logan Hall, Christopher Rector and Kolby Leach all swim for Victory Swim Team, Tennessee’s newest year-round USA Swimming Club, in Lenoir City. The fourth member is CCS Senior Kade Leach, brother to teammate Kolby as well as being the 2021-22 Concord Christian School Valedictorian! This amazing relay team won both relays with best times that, if duplicated or improved upon at the TISCA Championships (this coming February 11 & 12), should be competitive enough to be in the Top 8 teams of Tennessee State Finals.  Good luck boys! Keep up the good work!

Individually, these boys did well also.  Logan Hall and Christopher Rector both scored 33 points, respectively, for CCS.  Logan placed 2nd in 100 Fly with a personal best of 52.24 and took the Bronze Medal in the 100 Back!  Christopher swam 2 new personal bests as he placed 3rd in the 200 IM, with a 1:58.86; He also Swam to a Silver Medal in the 100 Breaststroke with a new PB of 1:00.50. 

Brothers Kolby and Kade Leach also had a strong meet. Freshman Kolby scored 29 points for CCS with a Bronze Medal in the 50 Free and took 6th in the 100 Free with a new personal best of 51.45. On top of both relays, Kade won a third Gold Medal individually in the 50 Free with a personal best of 21.95.  Well done boys!

Victory’s CCS swimmers continued their many victories, with Connor Hutton, who scored 2 personal bests at the meet.  These events included the 100 Back, where he dropped 4.23 seconds and the 200 Freestyle, where he dropped another 8.95 seconds from just the month before! (December)

Annika Fletcher scored 8 points for CCS and made her second state cut with a personal best in the 50 Free of 26.68. Improving on her 1st state-qualifying event, Annika also went a personal best in her 100 Back Ms. Fletcher will compete in both events at the TISCA State Championships as the sole female qualifier for CCS.

Victory Swim Team’s Landon Hall, Jackson Kuhn and Sam Steger represented CCS’s Middle School.  The boys were all part of the 2nd place middle school Medley Relay! 

Individually,  Landon Hall led the way with an impressive 37 points.  Landon swam to a Silver Medal in the 50 Fly and a Gold Medal win in the 50 Back! Sam Steger scored 18 points for CCS. He took 9th place in both the 50 Breast and 200 IM, respectively.  Jackson Kuhn scored 22 points with a 9th place in the 50 Free and a 6th Place in the 50 Fly.  Way to go Boys!

Lenoir City High and Maryville High Schools were both represented.  River Bailey swims for Lenoir City High School and placed 8th in the 100 Breast and 6th in the 50 Free!  Tyler Raffety swims for the Maryville Rebels and dropped over 2 seconds in the 100 Back! Nice Job Boys!

Victory’s Freshmen trio of Charlie Houston, Evan King and Karolina Nosarzewski all contributed to Farragut High School’s dominating championship team at the City Meet, where the Admirals won the meet for the first time in 14 years by a staggering 339.5 points. 

Charlie tallied up 16 points for Farragut, dropping a whopping 12.4 seconds for 8th place in 500 the Free! He also placed 12th in the 200 Free with a new personal best of 1:56.78.  Meanwhile, Evan King was part of Farragut’s 2nd place 200 medley relay, as the breaststroke leg. Individually, he placed 5th in the 100 Breast with a personal best of 1:03.87. Evan also went a personal best in the 200 IM, with a time of 2:14.68. This swim prompted Evan to swim the “last chance meet”, one week later, where he swam the 200 IM again - and made his state cut!! Congrats Evan!

Karolina Nosarzewski scored 30 points for Farragut, placing 6th in the 50 Free with a best time of 25.83 and swimming to a Silver Medal 2nd place finish in the 100 Breast with a best time of 107.16. Karolina also swam on the winning Farragut girl’s 200 Free Relay, where she swam her fastest 50 Free competition split of all time!

Congratulations to all swimmers on all their incredible new victories!

Good luck to all State Qualifiers!!