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SCISA Swimming Feature

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston -- Porter-Gaud and Oakbrook Prep made quite a day of it at the 2018 SCISA state swimming championships on October 13th in Augusta, Georgia.

Both schools claimed state championship trophies in both the boys and girls meets, each repeating as state champions in their respective classifications.

Porter-Gaud swept the team titles in Class AAA for the fourth consecutive year. The girls team held off a challenge from Cardinal Newman, finishing with 236 points and securing the title with a win in the final two events. Cardinal Newman finished with 219 points. Ashley Hall placed third with 128 points.

Porter-Gaud won six individual gold medals and a pair of relay titles. Elysse Pardus won two gold, setting a state record in the 200-yard freestyle and winning the 100-yard butterfly. Kaila Pardus set a state record in the 100-yard breaststroke and also won the 200-yard individual medley.

Ann Thompson won the 100-yard backstroke and was second in the 100-yard butterfly while Eliza Ford won the 500-yard freestyle and was second in the 100-yard backstroke. Katherine Geils was second in the breaststroke.

Other state champions in the girls Class AAA meet included Sophia Conner of Heathwood Hall in the 50-yard freestyle and Alyce Etter of Cardinal Newman in the 100-yard freestyle. Sister Donna Etter was second in the 100 free.

Oakbrook Prep won the AA/A girls team title with 175 points, edging out perennial contender and former state champion Spartanburg Day School, which scored 157 points. Hilton Head Christian was a close third with 149 points.

Sophie Caggiano was a gold medal winner for Oakbrook, winning the 500-yard freestyle. Emily Cobourn (50) and Camryn Wilson (100) were individual champions from Spartanburg Day.

Hilton Head Christian’s Sterling Burd won individual titles in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly. Katie Grace Vandergrift of Palmetto Christian won two gold medals, capturing the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.

In AAA boys, Porter-Gaud’s boys team scored 299 team points and also won six individual gold medals. Willem Goedecke set a state record in the 100-yard backstroke and also won the 100-yard freestyle. Daniel Kassis set a state record in the 200-yard individual medley while also winning the breaststroke.

James Winterfield won the 200-yard freestyle and was second in the backstroke. Michael Shipman finished third in the backstroke and Nathaniel Ford was third in the 200-yard individual medley.

Rhett Andrews won the 500-yard freestyle was second in the 100-yard butterfly. Gavin Milligan was third in the 500.

Pinewood Prep’s Daniel Grimes won the championship of the 50-yard freestyle and placed second in the 100. Zach Carey of Trinity- Byrnes Collegiate won the 100-yard butterfly gold medal.

Hammond School finished as the state runner-up with 179.50 points, followed by Cardinal Newman with 117 points.

Oakbrook Prep scored 224 points to win the AA/A boys title. Spartanburg Day was runner-up with 182 points and Hilton Head Christian was third with 98.

Oakbrook Prep’s depth proved to be the difference. Bryce Glenn did win a gold in the 100-yard freestyle. Clay Patterson and Jackson Knight were second and third in the 200-yard freestyle. Hilton Head Christian’s Caleb Eidson won the 200-individual medley gold but Oakbrook’s Drew Patterson, Drew Smiley and Chris Haas took second, third and fourth in the event. Eidson also was the state champion in the 50-yard freestyle.

Spartanburg Day’s Michael Chewning won the 200 and 500 freestyle races. Ed Lee of Thomas Sumter won the breaststroke and the butterfly. Palmetto Christian’s Will Vandergrift won the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke.

 

 


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