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Swim teams, cross country roll to state title at Porter-Gaud

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – It comes as no surprise to any follower of Porter-Gaud athletics that the school’s fall sports program contends for state titles in nearly every sport.

While they may not always end up with the first-place trophy, Cyclone athletes are well-prepared for extended postseason runs every year.

The boys and girls swim teams concluded their 2018 season in the same fashion as they did 2017 – as SCISA state AAA champions. In fact, both teams won the team championship for the fourth consecutive year.

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.

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.

The girls cross country team repeated as state champions as well. Eighth-grader Bryce Marion was the state runner-up individually while teammate senior Chloe Elebash was third. Kennedy Barrett finished seventh and Connor McMahon was eighth, with Leslie Holt finishing 10th. Elebash is the lone senior among the group.

The boys team finished fourth overall, led by Ben McElveen’s sixth-place all-state finish.

An impressive streak of eight consecutive state AAA titles in volleyball was ended in October when Porter-Gaud lost to Ashley Hall in the state finals. But, coach Megan Crouch had only three seniors on this year’s team so starting another streak may be likely next fall. This year’s team finished with a 42-17 record.

The team has a future star in the making in 6-3 freshman middle Marianna Singletary, who posted 472 kills and 110 blocks this season. Junior Elise Pearson had 311 kills and 300 defensive digs while freshman Alex Hariri had 47 service aces and 141 assists.

Junior setter Anushka Fernandes had 970 assists and 295 digs while junior Gracie Brown recorded 378 digs.

The team’s three seniors were Victoria Mabe, Olivia Varner and Hannah Lutz.

The Porter-Gaud football team finished the regular season at 8-2 and won their AAA playoff opener over Heathwood Hall. The Cyclones were preparing for a state semi-final matchup with First Baptist on November 9, having lost to the Hurricanes earlier this season.

Junior quarterback Gunnar Nistad has topped 2,200 passing yards and 21 touchdowns this fall. Caleb Pierce is the leading rusher with more than 950 yards. Senior Andrew Thomas has 41 catches for 618 yards while Jack Trouche has 35 catches for 443 yards. Legend Waring and Walker Coleman also have more than 300 receiving yards.

Linebacker Keesler Lawrence leads the team with 148 tackles, including 26 for loss. JD Key and Robert Grubbs are closing in on 100 tackles while Pierce has 19 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.




© 2017 High School Sports Report

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