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State swimming titles highlight strong fall for Wando

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Mt. Pleasant – It has been a strong fall sports campaign at Wando High School in 2017, highlighted so far by the state championships won by the boys and girls swimming teams.

Both Wando swim teams captured the 2017 Class AAAAA state titles, each winning for the first time since the 2011-12 school year when both teams also won state championships in AAAA.

Anchoring the boys’ team effort were individual state champions Johnny Gush and Cameron Mehta. Gush won top honors in the 100-yard butterfly and was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke. Mehta won the state title in the 100-yard breaststroke and was seventh in the 200-yard individual medley.

Both athletes were part of the winning 200-yard medley relay, joined by Chase Collier and Ryan Pitts. Pitts, Collier and Gush also swam on the winning 400-yard relay team, joined by Piotr Tarala.

The girls’ team did not produce an individual state champion but had plenty of depth to pile up key points.

Among the top performers were Meredith Jones (5th in 200 freestyle, eighth in 500 freestyle), Meghan Slowey (fourth in 500 freestyle), Callie Johnson (fourth in 100 breaststroke), Ellis Pitts (5th in 50 freestyle), and Gabi Reed (fifth in 100 butterfly, sixth in 100 backstroke). Wando also had a pair of fourth-place finishes in relay events.

The cross country teams at Wando are competing in the Class AAAAA state meet on November 4th. Wando’s girls team won the region 7-AAAAA championship and also was the top finishing team at the Class AAAAA lower state qualifying meet.

Lily Heinold was the lower state champion with Piper Barnhart and Chloe Santor finishing second and third, respectively. Heinold also was the region champion with Barnhart taking second and Santor finishing third.

Wando’s Patrick Spychalski was the lower state champion and is one of the favorites to win the Class AAAAA gold medal on November 4th. Spychalski recently announced a verbal commitment to run at Villanova next fall.

Wando’s volleyball team was preparing to play for the lower state championship on October 31st with hopes of returning to the state finals on November 4th.

The Warriors entered the lower state finals against Lexington with a 47-3 record this season. Senior Keeghan Andrews is leading the team in kills with 397, while senior Lexi Hellberg has 260 kills.

Juniors Sarah Missroon and Abby Schad have 179 blocks and 59 blocks, respectively. Junior Brooke Medders has 541 defensive digs with Hellberg adding 360 digs. Setters Karen Majewski (708) and Maddie Boylston (554) lead the team in assists.

Wando’s football team qualified for the Class AAAAA state playoffs after a 4-6 record and a fifth-place finish in region 7-AAAAA. The Warriors open the postseason against Conway on November 3rd. Conway beat Wando, 17-7, in the second game of the season.

Senior quarterback Cale Lewis has topped 2,000 passing yards for the season. Conner McCarthy has 1,000 receiving yards this fall.

The Wando girls’ golf team participated in the Class AAAAA state tournament. The Warriors finished sixth in the team standings with a team score of 694 over 36 holes.

Wando’s top individual finisher was Regan Clifford, who tied for 24th-place with a two-round total 167. Emma Smith tied for 29th, shooting 171.

The girls’ tennis team also won the region championship this fall. Wando won their first three matches in the lower state playoffs and were facing River Bluff for the lower state crown on October 30th. The state finals will be played on November 4th.

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