Batesons lead MB Riptides in double-dip season finale

mbriptides-team2014The Myrtle Beach Riptides competed in their final meets of the season over the weekend.  While one group of Riptides represented the team at the 2014 SC Swimming State Championships in Columbia, another group competed in the City of Myrtle Beach Summer Swim League Championships July 26, 2014 at the “Pepper” Geddings Recreation Center.

In the SC Swimming State/Finale Championships for the Riptides, 13 swimmers competed in the SC Swimming State Championships; several swimmers pulled double-duty competed in the SC Swimming Finale meet as well.  The Riptides combined for 46 personal best times, 4 team records and 2 new state championship qualifying times.

Chad Bateson swam to 5 personal bests in the 200m free, 100m breaststroke, 200m and 400m IM’s. Bateson set a new team record in the 200m freestyle.

Eddie Bateson earned 7 personal best times including new team records in the 200m butterfly and 400m freestyle.  Bateson also had a Top-10 finish with 6th place in the 800m freestyle.

Julia Campbell raced to 2 best times in the 200m- and 800m freestyles.  This was Campbell’s final meet before heading off to Converse College for 2014-15.

Andi Churchill picked up 5 personal bests in the 800m free, 400m IM, 200m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 200m butterfly.  Churchill had a Top-10 finish in the 1500m freestyle.

Danielle Flaherty swam to 3 personal best times in the 200m IM, 200m breaststroke and 400m freestyle.

Jake Flaherty had 4 personal bests competing in his first-ever state championships.  Flaherty earned a new state championship q-time in the 100m backstroke and a new team record in the 50m backstroke.

Walker Harwell earned 5 personal best times in the 200m free, 400m free, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke.  Harwell placed in the Top-10 in the 200m butterfly.

Tucker Hendrix competed in his first-ever state meet and earned a best time in the 50m butterfly.

Barbara Long, back from college, earned a personal best in the 800m freestyle.

Hannah McDonough, another first-time state championship qualifier, earned 2 best times and a new state championship q-time in the 50m backstroke.

Peyton McWhorter swam to personal best times in the 200m IM, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke.

Ethan Nechemia traveled to Columbia to swim a personal best in the 50m backstroke.

Chase Teasley rounded out the squad in Columbia.  Teasley swam to 6 personal best times in the 200m free, 100m and 200m butterfly’s, 200m and 400m IM’s, and 100m breaststroke.

In Summer Swim League Championships, although the times at the event are not legal within USA-Swimming, the Riptides performed well.  All told, the Riptides garnered 28 event wins.

Yianni Paraschos was a perfect 4-for-4.  Joining Paraschos with event wins were Keyon Berenji, Connor Churchill, Joel Cox, Alyssa Cozart, Riley Davis, Kailey Habib, Prerna Hablani, Dan Hennington, Kylie McWhorter, Ethan Nechemia, Maddi Pannell and Ireland Rose.

Olivia Bailey, Stella Bailey, McKenzie Bowers, Anaya Brown, Jordan Brown, Dayton Busse, Ella Habib, Dev Hablani, Matthew Key, Fiona Mullaney, Stergios Paraschos, Lexi Roberts, Chloe Stampfle and Rui Zhang each earned several Top-6 finishes.  Emily Larkins swim to several Top-10 finishes.

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