Socastee boys, girls finish third at Ripley’s Invitational

nmbswim-masonbryanThe Socastee High boys and girls swim teams finished first among local teams and third overall at Saturday’s Ripley’s Invitational, the state’s largest season-opening swim meet at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center in Myrtle Beach involving 14 teams from the Lower State.

Socastee’s Eddie Bateson and Jenn Paul swept the 500 freestyle to lead the Braves (61 points) and Lady Braves (62) to bronze-medal finishes. Academic Magnet swept the gold medals, while the Waccamaw boys and Bishop-England girls claimed the silver medals.

Myrtle Beach captured fourth place in both the boys and girls divisions. Defending state champion Maggie Langsdale dominated her events – the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke – for the Lady Seahawks (50), and the Myrtle Beach boys (54) won the 200 freestyle relay.

The North Myrtle Beach boys (43), led by defending state champion Mason Bryan and his win in the 100 backstroke, finished eighth. Carolina Forest (25) was ninth and St. James (9) placed 11th.

The Carolina Forest girls (26) finished eighth and the North Myrtle Beach girls (21) rounded out the top 10. St. James (16) placed 12th and Conway (4) was 14th.

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