Socastee boys third, CF girls fourth at Ripley’s Invitational

Socastee’s Walker Harwell and Myrtle Beach’s Maggie Langdale took first place in individual events in Saturday’s Ripley Invitational swim meet at Pepper Gedding Recreation Center.

Harwell won the 100 breaststroke and Langdale claimed first in the 100 backstroke and third in the 50 freestyle to help their teams to solid showings. Socastee finished third in the 17-team boys division while Myrtle Beach was seventh in the 16-squad girls class.

Tournament host Carolina Forest had the best showing among Grand Strand girls with a fourth-place finish that was led by Bri Strang’s second place showings in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. She also helped the Lady Panthers’ 200 free relay team of Catherine Jackson, Michaela Ryhal and Lexi Salice to a second-place finish and the 400 free relay team of Jackson, Salice and Ali Goodwin to a third-place showing.

Local girls teams made strong overall showing, with North Myrtle Beach finishing ninth, St. James taking 11th and Socastee finishing 12th. Academic Magnet, Bishop England and Christ Church swept the top three team spots.

In the boys division, Socastee finished just behind winner Academic Magnet and runner-up Bishop England thanks to several strong individual performances. In addition to Harwell’s victory, Anastasia Liakos finished second in the 100 back, Ryan Sutton was third in the 100 butterfly and Eddie Bateson claimed third in the 500 free.

The North Myrtle Beach boys posted a 10th-place finish overall, the only other Grand Strand team to crack the top 10. St. James was 13th, followed by Myrtle Beach at 14th and Carolina Forest at 15th.

Photo by Pam Salice

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