MB girls swim past CF, SJ; six Saints make state cuts

cfswim-girlsAfter finishing a close second in last week’s season-opening Ripley’s Invitational, the Myrtle Beach High girls swim team got their first win in Waccamaw’s Warrior Invitational.

Olivia McGonigal won the 50 freestyle and Drew Kennedy took the 200 individual medley to lead the Lady Seahawks to 104 points and the victory. St. James, led by Ana Wolff’s win in the 100 free, tied Carolina Forest for second with 94 points. North Myrtle Beach (83), led by Summer Ratley’s victory in the 100 butterfly, was fourth. Socastee (28), paced by Jenn Paul’s win in the 100 back and 200 free, edged Conway (27) finished sixth.

The North Myrtle Beach boys (76.5), led by Josh Devine’s win in the 200 free, finished second to host Waccamaw (118). Socastee (74), led by Eddie Batreson’s wins in the 100 free and 200 IM, placed a close third. Myrtle Beach (65), Carolina Forest (63) and St. James (43) rounded out the top six.

The Carolina Forest girls and boys swimming teams earned top-five finishes in Saturday’s Warrior Invitational, hosted by Waccamaw High School.

The Lady Panthers tied for second place behind strong relay finishes. Taylor Steele, Anna Fortenberry, Jensen Helgerson and Elizabeth Gatley won the 400 Freestyle Relay, while the girls 200 Medley Relay finished in second place and the 200 Freestyle Relay placed third.

Individually, Gatley finished in third place in both the 100 free and 200 Individual Medley, and Steele won the 100 Breast with another strong race. There were also several personal-best times recorded, including Raven Bunton in both the 50 free and 100 back. Merry Chandlar Rogers dropped an amazing 3 seconds in her 100 free.

The Carolina Forest boys finished fifth. Connor Steele and Jack Vaught finished in second and third place in the 50 yard Free. Steele also took third place in the 100 free. The boys 200 freestyle relay, consisting of Liam Zevgolis, Grice Fortenberry, Vaught and Steele finished third, and Liam Zevgolis also placed third in the 100 yard Breast.

The Panthers also saw several personal-best times, including Deshawn Kuhl and Jason Zhang in both their 50 free and 100 free. Josh Duque, Zhang and Garrett Randall also posted personal-bests in the 50 free. Fortenberry earned valuable points for the team with his personal best time in the 100 fly. In the 100 Free Zhang dropped several seconds off his career best time. Connor Campbell had an outstanding swim in the 100 back.

Carolina Forest will travel to Sumter on Tuesday, Sept. 8, for its only outdoor meet of the season.

* Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach had another spectacular swim meet in Mount Pleasant on Saturday with six Saints making state cuts.

Anson Vossberg dropped an amazing 8 seconds in the 100 Breaststroke.  Also making the 100 Breaststroke was Amanda Tregde.

Hannah Surface got her sixth state cut in the 50 Freestyle, and swam an incredible 500 Freestyle for the first time, finishing just shy of the state qualifying mark.

Emie Jackson also has six state cuts, adding the 200 Freestyle and the 500 Freestyle to her list.  Will Jackson also made his fifth and sixth state cuts in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke.

Miles Washington completes the list with two state cuts in the 100 Fly with a phenomenal time of 1:04, then immediately swimming the 100 Freestyle and breaking the 1-minute mark with a :59.85.

Once again, personal-best times were achieved by Emma Claire Everett, Caroline Surface, Sarah Cooke, Sabrina Blanchard, Preston Farley, and Lucas Harrelson.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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