CAC, Riptides win events at Palmetto Championships

cac younger swimmers palm march 2015 (2)The Myrtle Beach Riptides swim team ended the 2014-15 short-course season at the 2015 Palmetto Championships March 20-22.  The event was hosted at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center.  Overall, Riptides finished in 3rd place and garnered over 200 personal best times, 11 new SC Swimming State Championship q-times, 4 Age-group Sectional Championship q-times and 4 team records.

Danielle Flaherty (13-14) won the highpoint award for her age-group.  Flaherty won two events, placed 2nd in four events and 3rd in her final event of the meet.  Flaherty earned a new State Championship q-time in the 100 freestyle.

Dan Henington (11-12) won the highpoint award for his age-group.  Henington was 1st in one event, 2nd in five events, and also took home a 3rd and 4th place finish in other events.  Additionally, Henington earned 4 new SC Championship q-times in the 50 free, 100 butterfly and 100- and 200-Individual Medley events.

Chase Teasley (Open) was the final highpoint winner for Riptides.  Teasley won the 100 breaststroke, finished 2nd in two events and had a 3rd, 4th and 5th place finish in three other events.

Ian Morgan set three team records in the 11-12 50 free, 50 butterfly and 100 backstroke events.  Morgan also achieved new Age-group Sectional times in the 50 free and 50 butterfly and a new SC State Championship time in the 100 breaststroke.

Chloe Stampfle set a new team record in the 10/Under 100 backstroke, which was also an event win.

Additional Riptides’ earning new SC State Championship standards were Andi Churchill (200 IM), Joe Guthinger (100 IM, 100 free), Hannah McDonough (100 butterfly) and Yianni Paraschos (100 breaststroke).

Peyton McWhorter added two new Age-group Sectional q-times in the 50 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

The sheer number of personal best times for Riptides was overwhelming at 214 among the 45 swimmers competing.  Maya Adi, Rafael Adi, McKenzie Angwin, Olivia Bailey, Stella Bailey, Chad Bateson, Eddie Bateson, Keyon Berenji, Anaya Brown, Jordan Brown, Dayton Busse, Connor Churchill, Jake Flaherty, Lindsey Gardner, Jack Guthinger, Ella Habib, Kailey Habib, Dave Hablani, Prerna Hablani, Kamea Herte, Navaeh Johns, Matthew Key, Emily Larkins, Kylie McWhorter, Brady Morris, Ethan Nechemia, Maddi Pannell, Stergios Paraschos, Jenn Paul, Seth Riley, Ireland Rose, Ella Speir, Sammy Trezza and Rui Zhang each contributed to the number of personal bests.  McKenzie Bowers completed the squad for Riptides.

Said head coach James Smith, “The Palmetto Champs was an excellent way to end the short-course season.  We will have a lot of momentum going into the long-course season after our spring break.”

Long-course season marks a change in the competition venue from the more common 25-yard pool to the Olympic-sized 50-meter pool.

* The Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) hosted the 2015 Lowcountry Palmetto Championship Swim Meet this past weekend at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic Center.

The meet was open to all youth swimmers who did not qualify for the multi-state sectional meets for their individual events (sectional qualifying times are faster than state championship qualifying times).  These sectional qualifiers have been in action in recent weeks in Greensboro, NC and Atlanta.

In total, 278 swimmers from nine teams were in action including: Coastal Aquatic Club; Myrtle Beach Riptides; Georgetown YMCA; YMCA of Columbia; Florence Area Swim Team; I’ON Hurricanes of Mount Pleasant; Southern Marlins Racing Team of Charleston; Mount Pleasant Swim Club; and the Bluffton FINS.  Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) was represented by 58 swimmers in the Lowcountry Palmetto Championship meet.

The format for the meet varied based upon a swimmer’s age.  Swimmers age 10-and-under used the timed-finals format, while older swimmers (ages 11 and up) had a preliminary qualifying session in the morning and a finals session in the evening including the top eight qualifiers from the morning session.

At the end of the three-day meet, 17 CAC swimmers combined to earn 54 top-three finishes, with 10 of these swimmers earning a total of 18 first-place awards. Further, 38 swimmers combined for 153 top-eight finishes (the “finals heat” given the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic Center is an eight-lane pool).  A list of top-three finishes is provided below:

* Casey Mitchell:  1st in 100 Breast; 1st in 200 Back; 1st in 200 Free; 1st in 200 IM; 1st in 100 Back; 1st in 500 Free; 2nd in 200 Breast; 2nd in 50 Free; and 3rd in 100 Fly.
* Kennedy Drew: 1st in 100 Fly; 1st in 100 Free; 2nd in 200 Fly; 2nd in 50 Free; 3rd in 200 Free; and 3rd in 200 IM.
* Andre Fachin: 1st in 100 Back; 1st in 500 Free; 2nd in 200 IM; 3rd in 100 Breast; and 3rd in 200 Fly.
* Brae Jackson: 1st in 100 Fly; 1st in 100 IM.
* Tyler Eldred: 1st in 400 IM; 2nd in 50 Free; 2nd in 200 Free; and 3rd in 100 Fly.
* Ryan Eldred: 1st in 50 Back; 2nd in 50 Free; 2nd in 100 IM; and 3rd in 100 Free;
* Taylor Steele: 1st in 200 Breast; 2nd in 50 Free; 2nd in 100 Free.
* Mason Bryan: 1st in 100 Free; 3rd in 50 Free.
* Ana Wolff: 1st in 50 Free.
* Miles Washington: 1st in 50 Free.
* Sean King:  2nd in 100 Fly; 2nd in 200 Back; 2nd in 400 IM; 2nd in 100 Free; 2nd in 100 Back; 3rd in 200 Fly; 3rd in 50 Free; and 3rd in 200 Free.
* Catherine Jackson: 2nd in 100 Free; 3rd in 100 Fly; and 3rd in 50 Free.
* Summer Ratley: 2nd in 100 Fly; 3rd in 200 Fly.
* April Ratley: 2nd in 200 Breast.
* Saman Vitharana:  2nd in 100 Breast.
* Liam Zevgolis: 2nd in 500 Free.
* Emie Jackson: 3rd in 400 IM.

Both Kennedy Drew (15 and over girls) and Casey Mitchell (13-14 boys) earned recognition for the highest points earned in their respective age group categories for the entire championship.

With the completion of the short-course swimming season (25 yard pools), the focus now shifts to the long-course season (50-meter pools).  CAC plans to compete in long-course meets in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and other locations while working to qualify swimmers for their events in the South Carolina Long Course Championship meet to be held later this summer in Columbia.

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