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Porter-Gaud rakes in state titles during fall season

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – The Porter-Gaud athletic department continued to dominate in the SCISA ranks this fall, winning state titles in girls tennis, girls cross country, boys and girls swimming and volleyball.

The girls cross country program won its first SCISA state title, led by seventh-grader Bryce Marion’s second-place fun at the state meet in Columbia.

Marion, who crossed the line in 19:13, was followed by junior Chloe Elebash (19:20) in third-place. Six of the team’s seven participating runners set personal records.

“It’s certainly a big day for us,” said coach Hugh Knight, who has won eight titles with the boys team. “This group has been focused and dedicated since the summer. They all worked hard to get here and today they ran their best.”

Freshman Connor McMahon (7th) and senior Jasmine Smith (10th) also placed in the top 10 finishers for Porter-Gaud.

In swimming, Porter-Gaud again dominated the Class AAA SCISA championships. The boys team captured their fourth straight team title and their eighth overall while the girls team won their third consecutive state championship.

Willem Goedecke won two individual gold (100-yard backstroke and 200-yard freestyle), setting a state record in the backstroke.

Daniel Kassis won individual gold in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley. Kassis and Goedecke also swam on the winning 200-yard medley relay team, joined be Alex Hannegan and Michael Doyle.

Porter-Gaud’s girls were led by Kaila Pardus, who set state records in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. Elysse Pardus set a state record in the 100-yard butterfly and also won the 500-yard freestyle. Anne Thompson won gold in the 100-yard backstroke.

Porter-Gaud also set a state record in the 200-yard medley relay with Kaila Pardus, Elysse Pardus and Thompson joined by Alexa Johnson. Thompson and the Pardus sisters were joined by Eliza Ford on the gold medal winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

“Fifty-two of our swims today resulted in season bests times so our kids certainly came to perform

today,” Porter-Gaud coach Michael Walsh said. “Our depth is very important.”

The volleyball team won its eighth consecutive SCISA AAA title, beating Ashley Hall, 3-1, in the finals.

Senior Sammy Roskill had a superb season, finishing with 334 kills, 308 digs and 55 aces. Senior Priyanka Fernandes added 317 kills and 57 blocks while senior Ally Roskill had 250 kills.

Sophomore Elise Pearson tallied 172 kills and 31 blocks and junior Olivia Varner added 151 kills. Senior setter Anna Rhett Allen had 1,148 assists to go with 54 aces and 274 digs. Senior libero Lauren Tapp paced the way defensively with 656 digs.

The girls tennis team beat Ashley Hall in the state finals of class AAA, 5-0. Sophie Williams played number one singles, followed by Alex Hildell at number two and Rebecca Kahn at number three.

Piper Brown played four singles and McKenzie Davis played five. Rounding out the ladder at number six was Michaela Cuoco.

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