Oakland hadn’t competed against all of the Rutherford County swim teams prior to Saturday’s 25th annual Doris Coady Rutherford County Invitational this season.
The Patriots, who swim in a higher division than other county schools in the high school swimming association, showed how strong they are at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center when the Patriots got their opportunity to swim against the county’s best.
Oakland swept the county meet winning both the boys and girls county titles. Oakland finished with 715 total points — almost 200 more than Riverdale, which finished second with 516.5. Smyrna was third with 502, Siegel was fourth with 273, Central Magnet was fifth with 183.5 and La Vergne was sixth with 132. Blackman did not compete in the meet.
Oakland’s strong showing was thanks in part by four county meet records set by the girls team.
“We knew we had a chance to break some records coming into the meet,” Oakland coach Ken Goss said. “Our girls have been strong all year long. They’ve put a lot of time in the pool. It’s finally paying off.
“We felt we had a shot at some records, but knew we had to execute as well.”
The 200-yard medley relay team of Aubrey Grensing, Gentry Grensing, Lainey Massaro and Megan Kelly set the record at 1:56.57, breaking the old record of 2:00.53. The 200 freestyle relay of Aubrey Grensing, Gentry Grensing, Ashley Roland and Kelly set the record in 1:48.30, breaking the old record set by Smyrna of 1:48.63.
Massaro also broke the record in the 100 free in 56.33, breaking the old one of 57.31 of Smyrna graduate Bailey Sartain. Aubrey Grensing broke the record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.11, breaking Oakland’s Katie Schmidt’s record set in 2001.
“It was a really big day for us,” said Massaro, a junior. “We talked about it about a month ago. Our goal was we wanted to really make a statement about Oakland because we really haven’t had a chance to swim against the county this year.”
Oakland won the girls meet with 386 points. Smyrna was second with 259, Riverdale was third with 244.5, Siegel was fourth with 144, Central Magnet was fifth with 78.5 and La Vergne was sixth with 60.
Oakland’s girls swimmers won every event to make a statement.
Massaro won the 200 free (2:03), Aubrey Grensing won the 200 IM (2:18.48), Ashley Roland won the 50 free (27.29), Gentry Grensing won the 100 butterfly (1:04.07), Kelly won the 500 free (5:47.03), Emily Johnston won the 100 breaststroke (1:18.51), and Oakland’s relay of Roland, Meredith Boylan, Jessica Meacham and Massaro won the 400 free relay (4:03.78).
The boys, though, also had a strong showing. Oakland boys swimmers won six events.
The 200 medley relay of Eli Leskinen, Josh Dunkley, Hank Massaro and Trent Rogers won in 1:45.24. Hank Massaro won the 200 IM (2:11.41), Leskinen won the 100 free (50.56) and the 100 back (56.27), Oakland’s 200 free relay team of Rogers, Patrick Kelly, Seth Waldecker and Leskinen won (1:34.84) and the Patriots’ 400 free relay of Waldecker, Dunkley, Kelly and Massaro won (3:34.10).
Riverdale’s Samad Abu Shannab won the 200 free (1:54.63) and the 500 free (5:05.91). Dylan Higgins won the 50 free (23.18) and the 100 butterfly (56.01).
“I knew I had to beat Oakland in that race,” Higgins said of the 50 free county title. “I knew if I beat Oakland I’d win the race.”
Central Magnet’s Daulton Cantrell upset Dunkley in the 100 breaststroke, winning in 1:07.31.