Swim: MB’s Morgan wins gold, silver at state meet

Despite missing out on meets for nearly one month due to Hurricane Florence, Grand Strand area swimmers made a strong showing at the SCHSL state championships at the University of South Carolina Natatorium over the weekend.

Myrtle Beach High junior Ian Morgan captured the Class 4A state title in the Boys 500 freestyley, turning in a time of 4:39.38 – a full 10 seconds faster than his previous personal best.

Morgan also cut seven seconds off his PR in the Boys 200 individual medley to claim second place in 1:56.06. He led the Seahawks to a seventh-place showing in the team standings with 179 points.

Myrtle Beach’s Yianni Paraschos took seventh in the Boys 100 breaststroke and teammate Ryan Eldred finished eighth in the Boys 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Morgan, Paraschos and Eldred also helped the Seahawks to a fifth-place finish in the Boys 200 medley relay and seventh in the 200  freestyle relay.

The Lady Seahawks finished 10th with 139 total points. Olivia McGonigal finished fifth in the Girls 100 backstroke

The North Myrtle Beach girls placed 12th with 73 points. The Chiefs finished 21st in the boys standings with 1 point.

The state meet continues Saturday. Please check back for updates as results are made available.

On Saturday, the St. James boys posted a top-10 finish, tying for eighth with Mauldin at 139 points apiece. Casey Mitchell led the Sharks with a runner-up showing in the 500 freestyle and a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke.

The Carolina Forest boys finished 26th (32). The Lady Panthers placed 27th (8).

Photo courtesy of SCHSL

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