Riptides Racing swimmers dive in for rare double dip

Riptides Racing team had a busy weekend with two squads competing in two different locations. Riptides sent nine swimmers to the Grand Prix #2 in Georgtown, and 11 swimmers traveled to Hillsborough, NC for the Quad Splash Meet.

At the Grand Prix:
Josh Cassey had 1 best time, two first time swims, four top 10 finishes with a 2nd place in his 100 IM.
Thomas Cassey also had 1 best time, two first time swims, four top 10 finishes, with a 4th place in his 100 IM.
Kara deBidart came away with one best time, one first time swim-the 200 IM, which now gives her the “IM TOUGH” USA swimming recognition for the 8 and under series of events.
Marthew Key swam to 4/4 best times, four top 5 finishes with a 1st place in his 100 Back, and a 10+ second drop in the 200 Free.
Emma Kinmartin had one best time, one first time swim, and two top 10 finishes.
Mason Kinmartin swam to three best times and three top 10 finishes with a 3rd place in the 50 Fly.
Alison Ludeman put in one best time, 3 first time swims and a 6th place in the 200 Free.
Cameron Tedrow had two best times, two top 10 finishes, with 20+ second drop to finish 5th in the 200IM.
Mckenzie Washko swam to one best time, one first time swim, and four top 10 finishes.

In Hillsborough, swimmers at the the Quad Splash swam five long events back on Saturday and Sunday:

Connor Churchill swam to three best times and 7 top five finishes.
Jake Flaherty put in nine best times, eight top three finishes with a 1st place in the 500 free with a drop of 12+ seconds, three new state cuts-200 free, 100 breast and 200 back. Jake also broke the 50 free team record, but was short lived as team mate Tony Zhang broke it again.
Hannah McDonough came away with eight best times, 8 top three finishes, with a 1st place in the 500 free, and a new state cut in the 200 fly.
Kylie McWhorter had five best times, two top 10 finishes with a 10+ second drop in the 200 back.
Maddox McWhorter swam to two best times, one first time swim, and one top 10 finish.
Peyton McWhorter put in two best times, seven top three finishes, with 2nd place in 100 and 200 back, 200 free, 100 fly.
Seth Riley had six best times, seven top 10 finishes with a 1:30 + drop in the 200 free, a 1st place AND his first state cut in the 100 breast.
Ireland Rose had five best times, four top 10 finishes, an 8+ second drop in the 200 free, a 5th place AND a first time state cut in the 200 breast, joining teammate Seth Riley as the newest members of the 2018 State Team.
Ella Speir put in nine best times, eight top 10 finishes with an 11+ second drop in the 200 breast, and a 3rd place finish in her 100 back.
Kai Wilmot swam to three best times, a first time swim in the 200 IM, seven top 10 finishes with 5th place finish in the 50 back and 100 free events.
Tony Zhang swam eight out of ten events for the first time, with state cuts in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 50 free, 100 breast, and the 200 back stroke events. He had one best time, and after swimming the 50 free for the first time, now holds the team record in that event.

Riptides 2018 State Team now consist of Connor Churchill, Jake Flaherty, Hannah McDonough, Peyton McWhorter, Seth Riley, Ireland Rose, Kai Wilmot, and Tony Zhang. Riptides will now work towards our upcoming December challenges and hopes to qualify more swimmers to the State Meet.

Photo courtesy of Riptides Racing

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