Riptides raise awareness, win medals at IM fundraiser

mbriptides-pinkThe locally-based Riptides Racing Team hosted the 3rd Annual “IM” for Breast Cancer Awareness Invite over the weekend at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center.  The meet had nearly 200 participants from NC and SC.  For the third year, a donation will be made to the Susan G Komen foundation Race to the Cure for breast cancer.

For the Riptides Racing Team, over 150 personal best times were achieved.  This included 30 new SC Swimming State Championship qualifying time standards, 4 new Age-group Sectional Championship standards and 4 new team records.

The meet had an exciting start with many Riptides competing in the 500-yard free or 1650-yard free on Friday.  Ella Speir dropped 22 seconds in the 500, Kylie McWhorter improved 45 seconds, Joe Guthinger slashed almost 48 seconds and Ireland Rose cut 56 seconds.  But that was just a sample of what was to come in the 1650’s.

In the 1650, the improvements were from Danielle Flaherty (5 seconds), Ethan Nechemia (33), Ian Morgan (86), Kailey Habib (110), Yianni Paraschos (128) and Peyton McWhorter (160)!

New SC Swimming State Championship qualifying times came from Chad Bateson, Andi Churchill, Harrison Clinton, Danielle Flaherty, Jake Flaherty, Joe Guthinger, Peyton McWhorter, Ian Morgan and Yianni Parachos.

Ian Morgan set new team records in the 100-butterfly and 1650-free and Harrison Clinton set records in the 100- and 200-breaststrokes.  Clinton also achieved new Age-group Sectional Championship standards in both breaststroke events, 1650-free and 200 Individual Medley (IM).

Olivia Bailey, Keyon Berenji, Connor Churchill, Hurley Cribb, Jack-Jack Guthinger, Ella Habib, Dave Hablani, Prerna Hablani, Matthew Key, Jessica Lyons, Olivia Lyons, Hannah McDonough, Brady Morris, Kyle Owens, Stergios Paraschos, Kyle Owens, Marissa Patricio and David Michael Quiroga-Diaz Betts all achieved personal best times.

Sadie Averitt, Sawyer Averitt, Emma Kinmartin, Mason Kinmartin, Caroline Lyons and Christian Patricio each swam their events for the first time.

“The meet for Riptides was a great meet.  We had nearly 70% personal best times, so many new championship standards achieved and even a few team records broken.  There was a little bit of concern as to how the Riptides who recently competed in high school meets would compete, but they didn’t miss a beat!,” said head coach James Smith.

The format of the meet was different in that the heats were mixed boys and girls.  Typically, the heats are separated.  According to Smith, the racing was more exciting with mixed heats.

“The swimmers from any team train together in the same lanes, boys and girls.  They will race as such in practice, so why not have them race each other at a meet,” Smith commented.

“For the boys, it comes down to ‘pride’ as they don’t want to get out swum by girls; and girls just like beating the boys.  It’s all about having fun and racing,” Smith continued.

In September, Riptides Racing Team re-launched the brand with a new logo and new corporate partnership with Arena.  Smith said the new logo is cleaner and more reflective of what the team is about… racing.

“Riptides has a great history of competitive swimming achievement.  Riptides achieved two Bronze Medals for Club Excellence from USA-Swimming and has developed the Grand Strand’s only US Olympic Swimming Trials qualifier… the new logo and adjustment in the team name bring back the philosophy of swimming excellence,” Smith said.   “The athletes and families have embraced all of the changes made.”

Next for the Riptides Racing Team are the 12/Under Grand Prix #2 in Mt Pleasant, SC and the New Wave Quad meet in Raleigh, NC in November.

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

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