The Dalton Dolphins got off to a rough start to the 2012 Chattanooga Area Swim League’s schedule, losing a heartbreaker to Signal Mountain in the season opener on the road.
Coach Charles Todd’s team will try to rebound tonight with a home opener against Stuart Heights at the Dalton Recreation Center pool on Civic Drive. Preliminaries begin at 4:30 with racing set to begin around 5:45, but Todd said the challenge will be the same at home against the Hixson, Tenn.-based team.
“Stuart Heights is usually one of the top three teams around here with us and Signal Mountain,” Todd said. “Stuart Heights is always right there in the mix for the title.”
Todd said rebounding from the loss to Signal Mountain will be the top priority.
Sports writer Devin Golden recently wrote about swimmer Trey Davis. In a meet in Cincinnati in April, Davis fell two-tenths of a second short of qualifying for the Paralympic Trials which will be held July 3-10 in Omaha, Neb.
After that disappointment, Davis continued to work on his stroke and met the qualifying time during a meet in Stuart, Fla, a couple days ago. However, Todd said the 14-year-old amputee may miss the Paralympic Trials because his qualifying time came past the entry deadline and would require a substantial amount of money in order to be included in the event.
“It’s not just a $50 fee or anything like that,” Todd said. “It may be a situation where we wait for the 2016 games.”
Davis will be swimming for his country after receiving an invitation to compete in the 2012 Speedo Can-Am Para-Swimming Championships July 20 to 22 in Winnepeg, Canada. We will keep an eye out for an update to Davis’ story as we near his international swimming debut.
Here is a look at what else is going on as the Dog Days of summer approach.
• Saturday night’s Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Football Classic at Ringgold High kicked off a slew of All-Star competitions between the two states over the next 10 days.
Tonight at Ooltewah High just north of Chattanooga, the All-Star baseball game will be played at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Chattanooga’s Notre Dame High will host the All-Star basketball game at 6 p.m. Finally, on June 20, the All-Star softball game will be played at Frost Stadium in Chattanooga with a doubleheader starting at 6 p.m.
• Whether you are a fan of Dalton City, Whitfield County or Murray County schools, there are plenty of ways to get your youngsters into the school spirit of their choice with several sporting camps throughout the summer. Dalton High, Murray County High, North Murray High and Bagley Middle will each have sports camps this week for kids from five to 15. As always, you can find out what is going on with local camps and instruction in our Local Sports Calendar on page 2B and always online at www.daltonnow.com/events.
• If you are like me and have kids around the house, you’ve probably already been bombarded with, “I’mmmmmmmmmmmmmm bored!” as the summer vacation from school hasn’t even gotten into full sprint yet.
If you are tired of hearing the cry or boredom from your kids, consider sending them away.
No, not like that.
Instead, consider an overnight wildlife and outdoor recreation camp sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The DNR will hold three overnight camping sessions this summer at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield (east-southeast of Atlanta). Wildlife Week for 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls will be held June 25 to 29 and will feature DNR biologists, educators and naturalists sharing with campers about wildlife, outdoor survival, hiking, camping and more.
Girls aged 11 and 12 can go to a three-day Girls of the Great Outdoors Camp from July 11 to 13. The camping sessions will wrap up July 16 to 20 with the Shooting Sports Camp for 13- to 15-year-olds. Campers will be instructed by DNR certified experts in shooting sports, fishing, hiking and more.
For more information, contact Julie Watson at (770) 784-3059 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Whitfield is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. Have something you think he should highlight in “What’s Going On?” Write to him at email@example.com.