Riptides Racing rips it up at Junior Jaguar Invitational

cac-poolThe locally based Riptides Racing Team competed in the 47th Annual Junior Jaguar meet over the weekend in Augusta, GA.  Eleven members made the trip for the second long-course meters meet of the season.

By meet’s end, Riptides Racing Team combined for over 70 percent personal best times, 14 new SC Swimming State Championship qualifying times, seven team records and added a new member to the Riptides State Championship team.

Keyon Berenji swam most events for the first time, but did manage best times in the 100 meter butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle events.

Connor Churchill achieved seven personal best times including a huge 5 minute improvement in the 1500 meter freestyle.

Danielle Flaherty Flaherty raced to six personal best times and added new State Championship q-times in the 100- and 200-butterfly events and 200 Individual Medley (IM).

Younger brother Jake Flaherty stepped up even more, swimming to 7 personal best times, 4 new State Championship q-times and broke team records in the 200-breaststroke and 1500-free.

Ella Habib also raced most events for the first time and achieved best times in the 100 butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke events.

Kailey Habib was a perfect 7-for-7 in personal best times.  However, the highlight for Habib was achieving not one, but two State Championship q-times for the first time in the 100- and 200-butterfly events.

Ian Morgan continues to be the Riptides Racing Team performance leader, achieving 9 personal best times and breaking 5 team records in the 100-butterfly, 200-backstroke, butterfly and IM events and the 400 IM.  Morgan added a new State Champ q-time in the 100-butterfly.

Ethan Nechemia swam a perfect 8-for-8 best times and added a new State Champ q-times in the 800- and 1500-freestyle events.

Ella Speir swam a perfect 8-for-8 best times and posted a new State Champ q-time in the 50-free.

Chad Bateson and Eddie Bateson rounded out the squad to Augusta.

Said Riptides Racing Team head coach Mary Churchill, “The meet in Augusta was great for Riptides Racing Team.  The percentage of best times, all the new State Championship standards achieved, team records and adding another swimmer to the State Team… Riptides Racing Team just keeps moving forward.”

Coach Churchill was promoted to head coach in April and has demonstrated the ability to build on the foundation and culture of success of Riptides Racing Team.

For more information about Riptides Racing Team, call (843) 222-7105 or visit www.TeamRiptides.com.

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