Boys relay team sets Riptide record

The 15-18 freestyle relay team of, from left, Caleb Franklin, Will Compton, Landon Stone and Heath Isom set a Riptide record in the event earlier this season. They swam a 1:43.22, besting the 1:43.87 time set in 2009 by the team of Scott Taylor, Nathaniel Cooper, Matt Hopper and Wes Taylor.

Riptide coaches and officials aren’t totally certain of their record after two weeks of competition, but they know one thing for sure.

This Arab swim team is good and has the potential to be very good.

The cause of the uncertainty is the inaccurate team scores from Tuesday’s tri-meet at Cullman. Arab officials believe they came close to Cullman – closer than the inaccurate team totals posted – and that both Arab and Cullman defeated Fort Payne.

“That’s the closest we have been to Cullman in years,” said coach Richard Moser.

Those results, coupled with the Riptide’s dominating 456-237 win at home over Guntersville on Thursday, have Arab sitting with a probable 4-2 record entering Tuesday’s meet at powerful Madison.

Perhaps more important than the record is that Arab has scored a win over Scottsboro and went head-to-head with Cullman and didn’t blink.

“Great win tonight,” said Moser after the win over Guntersville. “The team fought hard and won in dominating fashion.

“I saw lots of swimmers have personal bests and the coaching staff is super proud.”

As for the Cullman/Fort Payne meet, the highlight was Maddie Nunley setting a new Riptide record (35.51) in girls 11-12 50-yard breaststroke. Laura Graves held the record previously with a 35.58 mark set in 2010.

Nunley also won the 100 individual medley and the 50 butterfly.

Another highlight was Anderly Shumate finishing first in the 9-10 girls 50-yard freestyle, 50 breaststroke and 100 freestyle. She also won those events in the Scottsboro/Decatur meet on June 6.

Other girls highlights included:

• Kayleigh King winning the 15-18 100 IM.

• Karington Harper winning the 8U 25 freestyle.

• Sarah Sularin winning the 11-12 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle.

• Sierra Brom winning the 9-10 50 backstroke.

• Jill Stapler winning the 9-10 50 butterfly.

• Emilee O’Dell winning the 8U 50 freestyle.

• Raven Payne winning the 8U 25 backstroke.

Brom, Shumate, Jill Stapler and Lauren Lambert teamed up to win the 9-10 200 medley relay. Brom, Shumate, Jill Stapler and Kara Yates won the 9-10 200 freestyle relay. Nunley, Sularin, Julie Stapler and Elizabeth Skidmore won the 11-12 200 freestyle relay.

Sularin, Nunley, Carolina Justice and Julie Stapler won the 11-12 200 medley relay.

Payne, Bella McBrayer, O’Dell and Harper won the 8U 100 freestyle relay.

Boys highlights included:

• Bentley Bowling winning the 8U 100 IM, 25 breaststroke and 25 butterfly.

• Joshua Shumate winning the 6U 25 freestyle.

• Owen Lambert winning the 8U 25 freestyle, 25 backstroke and 50 freestyle.

• Caleb Franklin winning the 15-18 50 breaststroke.

• Heath Isom winning the 15-18 50 backstroke.

The boys 8U team of Lambert, Colt Yates, Bowling and Braylen Wilson won the 100 IM relay and 100 free relay. Hayden Williams, Benjamin Tallent, Brody Franklin and Owen Bell won the 9-10 200 medley relay.

Isom, Caleb Franklin, William Compton and Landon Stone won the 15-18 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

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

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