The Country Club Wavemakers at one time were one of the biggest and strongest teams in the Chattanooga Area Swim League.
But times got tough as youngsters found many other things to occupy their leisure time in the summer and the numbers started to drop.
About five years ago, Stan Corcoran took over as their head coach. Now Stan knows a little about swimming as he's gotten great results at McCallie. He's starting to get some pretty good results in Riverview.
The Wavemakers remained unbeaten after three meets with a home meet on Thursday when they soundly defeated the Cumberland Currents.
Numbers are always critical in meets like this and when teams are unable to put swimmers in every event and each age group, the results show.
Suffice it to say that Country Club had many more members present on Thursday than their opponents and the result was a 453-225 victory for the Wavemakers.
The winners had a 69-34 lead after the opening freestyle events and it never got any closer.
Coach Corcoran knows what it's like to have empty spots in a lineup, but he's also enjoying the benefits of having a full team for a dual meet.
"It was another good meet for us, but the key is being able to fill out our lineup," Corcoran said later.
"When I first took over as their head coach five years ago, we lost a lot of meets because we didn't have kids to participate. It's impossible to score when kids aren't swimming, but having plenty of kids is a key to doing really well in this league.
"We won a big meet last week against Ridgeside, but it's so nice to see our kids getting better. We have a lot more kids on the team and it's not just the little ones. Will Turner and his sister CeCe have joined our team for the first time and they haven't lost a race.
"But the kids have really stepped up. I feel like Calhoun and Ridgeside are the top two teams in our division, but we were lucky in that we sort of sneaked up on them last week," Corcoran added.
Lack of numbers were certainly a factor for Cumberland.
Julie Thornburg is one of three coaches for the Currents who is looking at the bigger picture.
"We didn't have a lot of kids there tonight, but the ones who were there were awesome. They swam their hearts out and had a good time. That's what we're looking for.
"We didn't come close to winning the meet, but that's okay. All of our little ones had a blast and I'm sure they'll be ready for practice Friday morning. We have a ton of new kids and we just want them to do their best. If they do, the results will take care of themselves," Thornburg added.
The Wavemakers had six swimmers who scored the maximum 19 points, including Sophie Workinger, CeCe Turner, Elliott Brakebill, Joshia Gable, McCay Mathis and Alec Chennault.
Margaret Ann Hudson, Emelia Richey, Will Turner and Maggie Crump were next with 17 points apiece.
Jordon Schone was tops for Cumberland with 16 points. Hunter Knox was next with 15.
The Wavemakers will face another big test on Monday when they hit I-75 for the ever-important trip to Calhoun. Cumberland will be at home to host Big Ridge.
STUART HEIGHTS got its first win on Thursday against arch-rival Signal Mountain, 419-335. It was the first loss for the Green Giants after three straight wins.
Other scores had Dalton defeating Ringgold, 496-262; and Calhoun over Ridgeside, 378-342. The Ooltewah Tidalwaves improved to 2-0 with a 466-221 victory over Fort Oglethorpe while the Mosby Park Waterdogs won the closest meet of the day with a 384-377 victory over the Red Bank Gators.
COUNTRY CLUB HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Sophie Workinger, CeCe Turner, Elliott Brakebill, Joshia Gable, McCay Mathis, Alec Chennault;
17 -- Margaret Ann Hudson, Emelia Richey, Will Turner, Maggie Crump;
15 -- Boon Elliott, Hanley Edge, Copeland Cobb, Athey Crump;
14 -- Maddlyn Reichman;
13 -- Patrick Urey;
12 -- Max Smith, Laura Lee Brakebill, Yumi Doi;
11 -- Catherine Cobb;
10 -- Ally McVay, Levi Lebovitz, Cybelle Gable, Katherine Berce, Sarah Quinn;
9 -- Carter Edge.
CUMBERLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
16 -- Jordan Schone;
15 -- Hunter Knox;
12 -- Kyle Berry;
11 -- James Schone;
10 -- Mattison Keur, Sophie McCurdy.
STUART HEIGHTS HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- George Von Canon, Brayden Walker, Jon Pat Ransom, April Forsthoffer, Ryan Forsthoffer;
17 -- Gwendolyn Davis, Emily Arnold, Mikaya Reynolds;
16 -- Josie White;
15 -- Cayce Grall;
14 -- Sam Rutledge, Sumner Smith, Nicholas Seay, Dennis Sohn;
13 -- Nicole Hanson;
12 -- Max Ransom;
11 -- Megan Hanson, Dylan Sprintz;
10 -- Chase Martin, Will Raines.
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Jewel Gordon;
17 -- Thomas Porter;
15 -- Cecelia Porter;
13 -- Emily Pritchard, Peter Lochmaier, Gabe Reifinger;
12 -- Ella Gordon, Emma Chamberlain, McKinnon Sowell;
10 -- Chase Post, Sam Vargo.
RINGGOLD HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
15 -- Maddie Mills;
13 -- Grace Ann Hawthorne;
12 -- Tori Rhinehart;
10 -- Dennesy Rogers, Jackson Barker.
DALTON HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
OOLTEWAH HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Emma Scruggs, Jacob Kiemeyer, Sarah Malloch, Delaney Miller, Andrew Thomas;
17 -- Leah Boyd, Ellie Waldrop, Andrew Tallent, Sara Davidson;
15 -- Jillian Cantrell;
14 -- Joby Nash, Carlin Hudson;
13 -- Kenzie Campbell, Lydia Bohannon, Chase Hudson;
12 -- Evan Gordon, Haley Grider;
11 -- Aidan Sims, Jonathan Boyd;
10 -- Bailey Hardeman, Cora Miller, Carter Miller, Jack Marshall, Kelli Marcum.
FORT OGLETHORPE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
18 -- Reece Gallagher;
15 -- Brandon Edge;
14 -- Carson Cloud, Timothy DeBord;
11 -- John Hillman;
10 -- Erin Brown.
MOSBY PARK HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Julie Bryant;
17 -- Julia Evans, John Bryant;
16 -- Bristol Snider;
14 -- Davina Sharma, Luke Hunt, Tanya Sharma;
12 -- Pete Davis, Maya Sharma, Haley Buckner, Savannah Churlik;
11 -- Gareth Miller, Christian Torbett;
10 -- Trey Bradshaw, Andre Parker.
RED BANK HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Trey Hayman;
18 -- Macie Meyner, Luke Massey;
17 -- Asonia Birdsong;
16 -- Morgan Lond, Eddie Birdsong, Casey Hayman, Kate Schiegel;
15 -- Sam Meagher;
12 -- Bryce Beard, Justin Camp; Michaela Massey.
RIDGESIDE HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
19 -- Trey Danks;
17 -- Adams Robinson;
15 -- Max Wiley, Kathy Zeglen, Callie Voges, Carter Clarke;
13 -- Jane Anne Haywood, Clark Danks;
12 -- Hollis Gaffney, Wyatt Williamson;
11 -- Cameron Powell;
10 -- Janelle Wigal, Susan Zeglen.
CALHOUN HIGH-POINT SCORERS:
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