CAC, Riptides net top times at S.C. Long Course meet

CAC-States2015South Carolina Swimming held its annual Long Course Championship meet this past weekend at the Carolina Natatorium on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

This year, 662 swimmers from 24 swim clubs participated in the state championship meet.  Swimmers were restricted to competing in 8 individual events over the four-day meet (even if they had qualified to swim in more races).  Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) had 29 swimmers in the water for the weekend.

The format for the meet varied based upon a swimmer’s age.  Swimmers age 10-and-under used the timed-finals format during the afternoon session.  That is, swimmers posted a single time per event and those times were used to determine the top finishers.  Older swimmers (ages 11 and up) had a preliminary qualifying session in the morning and a Finals session in the evening including the top 10 qualifiers from the morning session.  A consolation final (qualifiers 11-20) was also held for senior swimmers (age 15 and older). By the end of the four-day meet, eight CAC swimmers combined to earn nine TOP FIVE and 20 TOP TEN finishes:

• Maggie Langdale:  3rd in 400 IM; 4th in 100 Back; 4th in 200 IM; 5th in 200 Back; 6th in 100 Free; 8th in 50 Free; and 10th in 100 Fly.
• Merritt Sparks:   3rd in 100 Fly.
• Casey Mitchell: 5th in 100 Back; 5th in 200 Back; 8th in 1,500 Free; and 10th in 200 IM.
• Luke LaRochelle: 5th in 50 Free.
• Andre Fachin: 5th in 100 Free; 6th in 100 Fly;
• Tyler Eldred:  6th in 100 Free.
• John Grey Crosby:  7th in 50 Free; 8th in 100 Fly; 8th in 100 Free.
• Taylor Steele:   10th in 200 Breast.

CAC’s Boy’s Senior Relay Team (Andre Fachin, Tyler Eldred, Luke LaRochelle, and Mason Bryan) posted 3 Top Five finishes:  3rd in the 400 Meter Individual Medley Relay; 4th in the 800 Meter Freestyle Relay; and 5th in the 400 Meter Individual Medley Relay.

In addition to team records set by both Boy’s and Girl’s relay teams, 4 swimmers set new individual CAC team records: Taylor Steele (100 Breast, 200 Breast); Olivia McGonigal (100 Fly); Maggie Langdale (50 Free, 200 Back, 100 Fly, and 200 IM); and Kennedy Drew (200 Fly).

As the long-course swimming season winds down, CAC swimmers will take the month of August off and resume club swimming after Labor Day.  During this period, swimmers 7th grade and up will train and compete for their respective high schools; including: Carolina Forest, Conway, Myrtle Beach Christian Academy, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Socastee, St. James, and Waccamaw High School.

McWhorter leads Riptides at States

mbrip-mcwhorter pic 2-1The 2015 South Carolina Swimming State Championships were hosted July 23-26 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Over 600 athletes from the Palmetto State attended the four-day event.  The locally-based Myrtle Beach Riptides swim team sent ten athletes to compete.

For the Riptides, 12-year old Peyton McWhorter led the Riptides in every category including personal best times, team records and scoring swims.  Additionally, McWhorter scored more individual points than any swimmer from the Grand Strand.

McWhorter achieved 7 new team records in the 200-, 400- and 1500-meter freestyles and 50- and 100-meter butterfly and backstroke events.  McWhorter’s best finish was 3rd place in the 50-meter backstroke.

Dan Henington raced to six personal best times and three new team records in the 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke.  Henington placed in the 50- and 100-meter backstrokes and 50-meter butterfly.

Eddie Bateson added two new team records in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter breaststroke.  Bateson also earned best times in the 200-meter free and 200-meter Individual Medley (IM).  Bateson placed in the 100-breastroke and 200-IM.

Ian Morgan swam to three personal best times and a new team record in the 200-meter butterfly.

Chad Bateson, Hurley Cribb, Hannah McDonough and Chase Teasley each swam to multiple best times.  Joe Guthinger competed in his first long-course State Championship and Danielle Flaherty rounded out the squad to Columbia.

Said head coach James Smith, “The swims by our younger swimmers were outstanding.  They really stepped up and led with the most personal, best times and team records.  McWhorter and Henington were on their game for the meet.

“As a small team, we are looking to put things into perspective.  Riptides scored an average of nearly 7 points per swimmer entered in the meet and averaged greater than 6 events per swimmer, which are the highest from the Grand Strand and rank among the best teams in the State.”

Palmer Leads Riptides at Summer League Championships

While a contingent of Riptides’ swimmers competed at the SC Swimming State Championships, twenty-one more Riptides competed at the City of Myrtle Beach Summer Swim League Championships.

Madera Palmer led the Riptides with three event wins in the 50-yard free, 50-backstroke and 25-butterfly.  Kailey Habib added two event wins of her own I the 100-breaststroke and 100-IM.  Connor Churchill (100-backstroke), Mason Kinmartin (25-butterfly), Maddi Pannell (100-backstroke) and Yianni Paraschos (100-breaststroke) each tallied event wins for Riptides.

Sadie Averitt, Olivia Bailey, Jake Flaherty, Jack Guthinger, Ella Habib, Dave Hablani, Prerna Hablani, Matthew Key, Kylie McWhorter, Brady Morris, Ethan Nechemia, Sterigos Paraschos, Michael Quiroga-Diaz Betts, Seth Riley and Ireland Rose each had top-10 finishes in several events.

Head coach James Smith said, “The City Summer League is a fun series for young swimmers.  It serves as a gateway from recreational to ‘club’ level swimming.  It’s important to Riptides to support the city with participation in the Summer League to promote swimming and attract swimmers to Riptides for the next fall.”

Riptides to Host Summer Clinic

With the summer coming to an end and all competitions completed, the Riptides will host an end of Summer Swim Clinic July 28-31.  The clinic will be held at the Market Common amenity pool from 7:30-8:45 am.  The cost of the clinic is $40 and can be applied to a swimmer’s registration fee should the swimmer join Riptides in the Fall. For more information, call (843) 222-7105.

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