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SCHSL Swimming Feature

Columbia — For the second year in a row the Eastside boy’s and girl’s swim teams were double winners at the SCHSL swimming championships at the USC Natatorium pool in October.

The top Eastside female swimmers were Cara Bognar (48 points - won both individual events, the 100 fly and 500 free) along with Riley Parker (48 points - won 200 free and 100 free). Next in line scoring were Ella Penny with 41 points and Caroline Parker with 40 points, both of which made the podium for individual events.

The top male Eastside swimmers were:  1. Dawson Kramer with 43 points (1st in 200 IM and 4th in 100 free), 2. Luke Smith with 41 points top three in 200 free and 500 free.  The nest top producers for the boys were Joseph Brooks and Brady Cawthon tied with 39 points.

Several Eastside new school records were broken at the State Meet: Dawson Kramer broke the 200 IM, 50 free, and 100 free individual school records; Luke Smith broke the 200 free record; Brady Cawthon broke the 100-fly record; Joseph Brooks broke the 100-breast record. All three the boys' relay records were broken and one of the girls' relay records was also broken (400 free relay). 

“I think the swimmers and coaches have built an environment where hard work is a daily requirement - both dryland and in the pool,” said Eastside head coach Tiffany Watson who coaches both teams. “The athletes push themselves beyond what they think they can do. We set individual and team goals at the start of the season... so they constantly have goals before them to chase. We also have a very close group that enjoys spending time doing team bonding. They care for one another off the pool deck and share deep friendships. They swim much harder for one another because they love one another and want what's best for the team.”

In AAAA some of the better results from the girl’s competition was a 3-way tie in individual events between Bognar (100 fly, 500 free), Parker (200 free and 100 free), and Anna Havens Rice of Greenville High (200 IM and 100 breast).

In AAAA boys a top performance was turned in by Kevin Geist of Hilton Head (won 200 free and 100 fly).

“Hard work daily - everything must be achieved through hard work, nothing is a gimmie,” said Coach Watson about her team. “Strong leadership of encouragement, motivation, and team bonding. A climate of healthy competition where every practice the swimmers push one another to be better.”

The Eastside scored 521.50 points to defeat second place Hilton Head (373) third place South Aiken (319) fourth place AC Flora (282) and Greenville who was 5th.

The Eastside boys defeated second place North Augusta 566.50 to 319.50. Hilton Head (303), South Aiken (292.50) AC Flora (260.50) claimed the next three spots.

In AAAAA swimming the Wando’s boy’s and girls’ team were double winners as well. In AAA Christ Church won the girls competition and St. Joseph’s dominated the AAA boys’ side. Look for more swim coverage at in a few days.  

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