Arab Riptide opens season

The Arab Riptide visited Boaz Tuesday in the season’s first meet.

New Arab Riptide coach Richard Moser saw something more than a blowout defeat in his team’s loss to powerful Boaz in its opening meet Tuesday.

Despite the Barracudas winning 555-170, Moser was upbeat, even excited.

“I see (Tuesday) night as a victory for this team,” said Moser, named the Riptide’s new coach in late May, replacing Josh Shumate. “We have improved greatly from last year! We scored 40 more points this year than we did last year (against Boaz).

“That’s a huge accomplishment.”

Whatever Moser saw, he turned out to be prescient. In the team’s home tri-meet on Thursday, the Riptide defeated the Scottsboro Swim Association and the Decatur Area Swim Team.

It was the win over Scottsboro (503-456) that had parents, coaches and parents buzzing. Some thought it was the program’s first win ever against Scottsboro. Some believe it may be just the second.

Regardless, it was rare and much-welcomed for a program that is still trying to build on a talented core of young swimmers. The other team in the meet, Decatur, tallied 130 points.

A boys relay team set a program record in the tri-meet. More individual results will be available for Wednesday’s Tribune.

“That was a HUGE win (Thursday) night,” Moser said. “All the coaches are super proud of all the swimmers.

“That was our first win against Scottsboro in what may be more than 10 years. That’s a huge accomplishment.

“Secondly, our 15-18 boys broke the 200 free relay. It was an awesome race that had everyone cheering for them. It was amazing.”

Against Boaz, two girls won three individual events each for the Riptide. In the 11-12 age group, Ashtyn Nunley took first place the 100 IM, 50 breaststroke and 50 butterfly.

Julia Scott, competing in 13-14, won the 100 IM, 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly.

Sarah Sularin, competing in 11-12, won two events: the 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle.

Other girls with first-place finishers included Anderly Shumate, 9-10 50 breaststroke; Sierra Brom, 9-10 50 backstroke; and SaraGrace Pittenger, 13-14 100 freestyle.

Also, two girls relay teams won their events. In 11-12, Sularin, Nunley, Carolina Justice and Elizabeth Skidmore won the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

First-place finishers in boys events included: Owen Lambert, 8-under 25 freestyle; Heath Isom, 15-18 50 freestyle; and Colby Franklin, 13-14 50 breaststroke.

Full results are available on the team’s website:; and on the team’s Facebook page.


Riptide schedule

(All meets start at 5:30 p.m.

unless otherwise noted.)

June 11 Arab at Cullman

June 13 Guntersville at Arab

June 18 Arab at Madison

June 20 Albertville at Arab

June 25 Arab at Ft. Payne

June 27 Jacksonville at Arab

June 29 County meet at Boaz

July 12-13 District II meet*

July 26-27 State meet* * District II meet at Cullman starts at 9 a.m. both days. State meet is at Opelika, times TBA.

(Note: Arab lost to Boaz in its first meet on Tuesday. Arab hosted and defeated Decatur and Scottsboro on Thursday.)

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