MB Riptides show steady improvement at USC meet

riptdies-mcwhorterThe Myrtle Beach Riptides swim team competed at the 2014 Carolina Aquatics May Breakout meet over the Memorial Day weekend at the University of South Carolina.

Eighteen members of the Riptides competed in the event, garnering 76 personal best times and five new SC State Championship qualifying times.

Danielle Flaherty led the Riptides with a perfect 10-for-10 personal best times.  Flaherty also added two State Championship qualifying times in the 400-meter freestyle (5:12.8) and 200-meter breaststroke (3:14.2).  Flaherty’s most improved event was the 800-meter freestyle by more than 30 seconds.

Peyton McWhorter and Ella Speir were also a perfect 8-for-8 in personal best times.  McWhorter had the largest improvement of all swimmers by slashing over 40seconds in the 400-meter freestyle.  McWhorter earned her first 11-12 State Championship q-time in the 50-meter backstroke.Speir’s best improvements were by more than 20 seconds in the 200-meter Individual Medley (IM) and 100-meter breaststroke.

Ty Kinner-Costello swam to seven personal best times and a new State Championship q-time in the 200-meter butterfly.  Andi Churchill earned her new State Championship q-time in the senior 800-meter freestyle by dropping more than 10 seconds from her previous best time.

Rafael Adi, Chad Bateson, Keyon Berenji, Connor Churchill, Joel Cox, Jake Flaherty, Walker Harwell, Hannah McDonough, Ethan Nechemia and Chase Teasley each swam to multiple personal best times at the meet.  Connor Campbell, battling flu-symptoms, swam several events close to his bests. Kailey Habib competed in her first-ever long-course meters (Olympic length) meet and nearly earned a State Championship q-time in the 50-meter freestyle.

The Riptides also announced new partnerships with the Grand Strand YMCA and Market Common this summer.

Photo courtesy of MB Riptides

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