Four MB Riptides make big splashes at Auburn meet

mbriptides-auburnSeveral swimmers from the Myrtle Beach Riptides swim team traveled to Auburn (AL) University for the 2014 Southern Region Open over the weekend.

The MBR swimmers included Chad Bateson, Walker Harwell, Julia Campbell and Eddie Bateson.  By meet’s end, the Riptides had garnered 17 personal best times, 16 Top-10 finishes and 2 new team records.

Chad Bateson earned three top-10’s in the 200 breaststroke, 200 Individual Medley (IM) and 200 backstroke.  Bateson also earned best times in the 200 freestyle (1:51.4) and 100 butterfly (58.9).

Eddie Bateson placed in the top-10 in two events – 400 IM and 200 backstroke; the backstroke was also a personal best, 2:06.1.  Bateson swam to more personal bests in the 50 free (22.8), 100 free (50.7), 200 butterfly (2:10.4) and 100 butterfly (58.1).  Bateson’s times in the 50- and 100-freestyles were new team records.

Julia Campbell swam to 5 top-10 finishes, including two 2nd place finishes in the 200-butterfly and 200 IM.  Campbell had other top-10’s in the 400 IM, 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle; the 200 free was a personal best 2:03.8.

Walker Harwell led the Riptides with six top-10’s in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly.  Harwell swam to personal bests in the 400 IM (4:19.3), 200 IM (2:01.3) and 200 butterfly (2:04.8).

Said head coach James Smith, “The Auburn meet was a very good meet for the Seniors.  We did this meet as a ‘Team Trip’ which meant the swimmers had to take on a little more personal responsibility since we did not travel with their parents.

“Going to Auburn this year was a great experience for the swimmers.  We had a good number of best times and all the swimmers were able to get ‘second swims’ each night.  It was also a good meet because our swimmers had a chance to compete at one of the better venues in the Southeast and meet new people.  In fact, they had met new friends so quickly, they had swimmers from teams out of Florida and Ohio cheering for them in the Finals’ sessions.

“When the kids can attend a meet and have a good time, they will race more relaxed and have better races.  This was a truly great experience for the Riptides,” Smith continued.

Next for the Riptides is the final meet of the season, the 2014 Lowcountry Palmetto Championships at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center.  The Riptides will host this event for the third year.

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