Socastee boys, MB girls swim to top 10 finishes

The Socastee boys and Myrtle Beach girls swam to top 10 team finishes at Saturday’s Class AAA state championship in Spring Valley.

Socastee freshman Walker Harwell took first place in the 100 breast stroke to lead the Braves to 10th place in the boys competition. Harwell’s time of 1:00.84 was almost 3 seconds faster than his qualifying time.

“Walker was seeded second so he’s one of the best breast-strokers in the state,” said Socastee coach Jay Preslar. “But he’s a big meet swimmer. Give him a little competition and he turns it up a notch.”

Socastee’s Jess Perl finished seventh in the same race, but the Braves racked up plenty of points in the relay portion of the meet. Socastee was sixth in the 200 relay, eighth in the medley relay and 10th in the 400 relay.

The Myrtle Beach girls were powered by three individual third-lace showings – two by Lauren Campbell (100 butterfly and 500 freestyle) and the other by freshman Maggie Lansdale in the 200 freestyle.

The Lady Seahawks also took seventh place in the 200 relay to claim 10th place in the team standings. North Myrtle Beach finished 14th and Socastee was 23rd.

In the boys team standings, Myrtle Beach placed 16th and St. James was 18th.

The Class AAAA state championship was held late Saturday night at USC and results were not immediately available.

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