Riptides rip it it up at state swimming championships

riptides-state2016The South Carolina Swimming State Championships were hosted February 12-15 at the Westside Aquatic Center in Greenville, SC.  The four-day event hosted nearly 800 swimmers from around the Palmetto State.  For the locally based Riptides Racing Team, the SC Swimming State Championships went extremely well.

Riptides Racing Team sent its largest squad in team history: 17 swimmers including Chad Bateson, Eddie Bateson, Andi Churchill, Connor Churchill, Harrison Clinton, Hurley Cribb, Danielle Flaherty, Jake Flaherty, Joe Guthinger, Ella Habib, Hannah McDonough, Peyton McWhorter, Ian Morgan, Ethan Nechemia, Yianni Paraschos, Ireland Rose and Ella Speir.

Riptides Racing Team achieved 15 top-10 finishes which included 4 podium finishes –

* Chad Bateson – 8th, 200 breaststroke
* Eddie Bateson – 6th, 100 and 200 breaststroke
* Andi Churchill – 6th, 1650 freestyle
* Harrison Clinton – 3rd, 50 butterfly, 50 and 200 breaststroke, 5th, 100 and 200 butterfly, 7th, 100 breaststroke and 1650 freestyle
* Joe Guthinger  – 8th, 500 free and 10th, 100 free
* Ireland Rose – 3rd, 100 breaststroke

Fourteen new team records were set by –

* Eddie Bateson – 100 breaststroke
* Harrison Clinton – 50, 100, 200 breaststroke and 50, 100, 200 butterfly
* Joe Guthinger – 100, 200 and 500 freestyle
* Ian Morgan – 200 butterfly and 1650 freestyle
* Ireland Rose – 50 and 100 breaststroke

Personal best times were achieved by Connor Churchill, Danielle Flaherty, Jake Flaherty, Ella Habib, Hannah McDonough, Peyton McWhorter, Ian Morgan, Ethan Nechemia, Yianni Paraschos and Ella Speir.

Harrison Clinton achieved multiple USA-Swimming “AAA” Quadrennial standards, qualifying him to become an SC Swimming All-State swimmer, joining Chad Bateson and Eddie Bateson.

Said head coach James Smith, “Every year brings new challenges for Riptides Racing Team.  Whether its swimmers graduating and moving on to college, younger swimmers aging up to new age-group brackets, swimmers moving from the area and other changes, we are always looking ahead.  Every team faces these challenges, but successful programs look down the road and start preparing early to continue to be successful.

“One of the things we are very proud of at Riptides Racing Team is the number of new State Championship and Age-group Sectional Championship qualifiers we have developed,” Smith continued.

First-time Age-group Sectional Championship qualifiers include Harrison Clinton, Joe Guthinger, Peyton McWhorter, Ian Morgan and Ireland Rose.

Eddie Bateson re-qualified for the National Club Swimming Association (NCSA) Junior National Championships.  Bateson has qualified in the most individual events of any male swimmer from the Grand Strand for NCSA Junior Nationals in the last two years.

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