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Hilton Head Christian High School

HHCA swim teams fare well at state meet

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – Continuing their progress towards becoming a state championship program, the Hilton Head Christian Academy swim team made a strong push at the 2017 SCISA AA state title in October.

Though they came up a little short, the program is clearly becoming one of the state’s best. At the state meet, the girls’ team finished as the state runner-up to Spartanburg Day, finishing just 10 points off the lead, 137-127. A 20-point swing in the meet’s final even swung the momentum into Spartanburg Day’s favor by winning the 400-yard relay.

Meanwhile, the boys team also had a strong showing, finishing fifth in the team standings with 86 points.

The girls team produced several state championship performances in the meet, starting with a gold medal in the 200-yard medley relay. The 200-yard freestyle relay also won a state title. Members of the relay teams included Grace Hilton, Audrey Robinson, Sterling Burd and Nika Cummings.

Hilton won gold in the 100-yard freestyle and placed third in the 100-yard backstroke. Burd was a double state champion, winning the 200-yard IM and the 500-yard freestyle. Cummings finished third in the 200-yard freestyle and was eighth in the 100-yard butterfly. Robinson earned points with eighth-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke.

On the boys team, the medley relay team finished fourth, as did the 200-yard free relay. Swimming in those relays were Caleb Eidson, Guy Annunziata, Theo Sanders and Camdeyn Masse.

Eidson also finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke while Wells Sharpe was eighth in the 100-yard butterfly. Annunziata placed fourth in the 500 free and seventh in the breaststroke while Sanders was second in the 200-IM and fifth in the butterfly.

The 400 relay team finished eighth. Members of that team included Sharpe, Aiden Masse, Walker Mikkelson and Jack Ussery.

The girls’ golf team also got a taste of state tournament play, participating in the SCISA state golf championships. The event was originally scheduled for 18 holes but was shortened to nine holes due to weather conditions.

Rebecca Hubbard was the top performer from Hilton Head Christian, shooting 48 over nine holes. Chloe Izant (61), Casey Macaulay (62), Margaret Donaldson (62) and Joselyn Hernandez (63) also competed in the tournament.

The HHCA volleyball team finished with a 32-11 record, including a 12-0 record in region play. The Eagles ended up 3-2 in the state tournament, losing to the eventual state finalists – Thomas Sumter and Spartanburg Christian.

This year’s team had no seniors, making for a strong 2018 team. Junior Sydney DeSimone finished the season with 411 kills, 398 digs and 38 blocks. Sophomore Lauryn Qualls had 262 kills, 113 service aces and 337 digs while junior Olivia Reichenbach had 200 kills and 41 blocks.

 Sophomore setter Brielle McCarthy tallied 894 assists while junior Jane Bender recorded 304 digs. Junior Courtney Grey had 262 digs and junior Julia Wilder had 254 digs.

 

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