Former, current Riptides set fast times at top meets

usaswimminglogoThe Myrtle Beach Riptides swim team has had a busy week for both current and former members alike.

While collegiate members of the Riptides were competing at several championship meets in Charleston, SC, Knoxville, TN, Los Angeles, CA and Ithaca, NY. the younger Riptides were at the 12/Under Grand Prix Championships in Charleston.

Over 20 members of the Riptides participated in the event garnering more than 70 best times and a new SC Swimming State Championship qualifying time.

Tucker Hendrix led the Riptides going 8-for-8 personal best times and his first-ever SC Swimming State Championship q-time in the 50-backstroke. Peyton McWhorter was next with 7 personal best times.

Anaya Brown and Riley Davis led the Riptides with largest improvements of 30- and 31-seconds respectively in the 200 Individual Medley.  Both girls also earned 6 personal best times.

Rafael Adi, Keyon Berenji, McKenzie Bowers, Jordan Brown, Connor Campbell, Aubry Cloutier, Kailey Habib, Kamea Herte, Hannah McDonough, Kylie McWhorter,  Fiona Mullaney, Ethan Nechemia, Maddi Pannell, Yianni Paraschos, Ireland Rose, Ella Speir, Chloe Stampfle and Makenna Zeitz each earned personal best times.

In the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Los Angeles, CA, Keenan Lineback (University of San Diego/Conway Christian School) competed in her third MPSF Championships.  Lineback placed on the podium in two of her events including an event win on the final night in the 1650-freestyle.  Lineback’s other podium finish was a 3rd place in the 400 IM (4:19.2, NCAA “B” standard).  Lineback placed 11th in the 500 free (4:54.8)

Lineback’s time in the 1650-free (16:38.3) broke the school record she previously held.  Lineback was a member of the USD 800-free relay which placed 3rd and broke the school record.  USD finished 7th overall at the meet. Lineback’s performances earned her a place on the 1st-Team MPSF All-Conference team for the 3rd consecutive year.

In the 2014 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Lauren Campbell (Georgia Southern/Myrtle Beach High School) competed in her second CCSA Championships.  Campbell finaled in three events, including two Top-8 finishes.

In the 400 IM, Campbell placed 5th with a personal best time of 4:26.0.  A few days later in the meet, Campbell was able to secure a 15th place in the 200 backstroke; her prelims time of 2:04.7 was a personal best.

Perhaps the highlight of the meet for Campbell was the 200-butterfly.  Her prelims time of 2:03.9 was not only another personal best, but was also her first school record!  Campbell did place 8th in the event in finals. Campbell also led her GSU relay to a 6th place finish as  GSU placed 3rd overall.

In the 2014 Upper New York State Collegiate Swim Association Championships in Upstate New York, Barbara Long (Rensselaer Poly Tech/North Myrtle Beach High School) competed in her first UNYSCA Championships.  While teammates Lineback and Campbell enjoyed more temperate weather, it was downright cold in NY!

The weather didn’t stop Long from achieving several personal best times and finishing in the Top-16 for RPI.  Long swam a personal best in the 500 free (5:16.7) and placed 15th overall in finals.  In the 200 free, Long achieved another personal best, 1:59.0 and 14th place finish.  In her final individual event, Long swam the 1650-free to a 18:16.1 and 14th place finish.

Long also swam on three relays for RPI.  The RPI 200 Medley Relay placed 22nd, 400 Medley Relay placed 11th and 400 Free Relay put RPI into the Top-8 with an 8th place finish.

Said head coach James Smith, “Riptides is very proud of how all of our swimmers competed at their respective championships.  From the age-group level to the collegiate level, our swimmers continue to improve.”

Next for the Riptides is the Auburn Senior Open at Auburn University, AL and the 2014 Lowcountry Palmetto Championships at North Myrtle Beach.  The Lowcountry Palmetto Championships is the final meet of the season and will be hosted by the Riptides March 28-30.

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