Riptides Racing Team steps up at Lowcountry Challenge

riptideslogoThe Riptides Racing Team stepped up to the competition at the Lowcountry Challenge in Charleston on Feb 26-28.  The meet served as the 12/Under Grand Prix Championship and a last chance qualifier for swimmers to attend the Age-group Sectional Championships in Atlanta, GA.

For Riptides Racing Team, 15 members made the trip to Charleston which resulted in77% personal best times, 18 individual event wins, 5 new SC Swimming State Championship qualifying times (q-times), 4 new Age-group Sectional Championship q-times and 3 team records.

• Olivia Bailey achieved best times in the 50-free, 50-backstroke, 100-butterfly and 100 Individual Medley (IM).
• Harrison Clinton earned 7 best times, including new Age-group Sectional q-times in the 50- and 100-backstroke events and 100- and 200-freestyle events, and one event win.  Clinton also set new team records in the 50-free, 100-backstroke and 200-IM.
• Jack Guthinger swam to best times in the 100- and 200-freestyles, 50-butterfly and 100-backstroke.
• Joe Guthinger achieved best times in the 50-butterfly and 100-backstroke in his first meet as an 11-12 swimmer.
• Ella Habib was a perfect 8-for-8 in best times and 4 event wins.  Habib added two new SC Swimming State Championship q-times in the 50-backstroke and 200-freestyle.
• Hannah McDonough earned four personal bests in the 100-backstroke and the 200-butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle events.
• Kylie McWhorter picked up 6 personal bests including a 22 second improvement in the 100-butterfly.
• Peyton McWhorter swam to a personal best 200-freestyle and 4 events wins.
• Ian Morgan picked up best times in the 100- and 200-freestyle and two event wins.
• Ethan Nechemia swam to four best times, one event win and a new SC Swimming State Championship q-time in the 500-freestyle.
• Christian Patricio competed in 10 events over the weekend which led 8 personal best times in nine of the events which had been swum previously.
• Marissa Patricio swam to 7 personal best times including a 20 second improvement in the 100-freestyle.
• Ireland Rose raced to 7 best times including event wins in the 50-butterfly and 100-backstroke.
• Ella Speir achieved 6 personal best times, 4 event wins and a new SC Swimming State Championship q-time in the 200-IM.

Said head coach James Smith, “The meet was a great event for all our swimmers.  For several of our athletes, they were coming off of the SC State Championships and were pretty tired and still swam extremely well.  Our younger swimmers really stepped up and did a great job.

“Coach Mary Churchill has our 10/Under swimmers moving forward to the next level, which bodes well for the future of Riptides Racing Team,” Smith continued.

Next for Riptides Racing Team is the Eastern Section Southern Zone Age-group Sectional Championships March 10-13 in Atlanta, GA, home of the 1996 Olympic pool.

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