July 12, 2014

Dolphins in lead after first day of City meet

The Dalton Dolphins had a strong first day in their bid to win the Chattanooga Area Swim League’s annual Bill Caulkins City Meet.

Dalton tallied 1,152 points Friday at Warner Park in Chattanooga and is atop the scoreboard at the 15-team meet. The Dolphins’ top rival, Signal Mountain, is second with 1,097 points, while Ooltewah (Tenn.), Stuart Heights (Chattanooga) and Fairyland Club (Lookout Mountain) round out the top five.

Dolphins coach Charles Todd, who did not know the point totals beyond the top two teams, said the Dolphins swept all of the days’ relays in boys competition at the youth swimming championship save the 15-18 boys. He noted the performance of Will Haley — the Dolphins’ leading scorer this summer — who cut five seconds from his best time while winning the 100-yard individual medley relay Friday, going from 1:19 to 1:14.

Today will mark the end of Todd’s long tenure as an area swimming coach. He starts work Monday as the head coach of the Chattahoochee Gold, a metro Atlanta-area USA Swimming program.

“We’re swimming well,” Todd said. “We have a good shot of winning.”

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