First Baptist swimming coach Sara Kraft had her concerns as the Hurricanes girls’ team prepared for Saturday’s SCISA state meet at the Augusta Aquatics Center.
After all, the Hurricanes owned five state titles in a row but moved up to Class AAA this season. Was there any way the Hurricanes could continue their domination and top last year’s effort, which included 10 gold medals in 11 events?
The answer was a resounding yes. Just like last year, the team won 10 of 11 events, and in the process set two state relay records.
Porter-Gaud won the boys Class AAA title with a 244-120 victory over First Baptist. Palmetto Christian won the girls Class AA-A title with a 211-195 victory over Spartanburg Day School, and Newberry Academy won the boys Class AA-A crown with a 206-193 victory over Beaufort Academy.
The First Baptist girls topped Hammond 269.5 to 170. Ashley Hall was third with 104 points and Porter-Gaud fifth with 67.
“I was worried about moving up a class, but the girls stepped up today,” Kraft said. “This is just a strong group of girls.”
First Baptist’s Sara Stansell. Logan Kraft, Meredith Lackey and Abbey Moore set state marks in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:54.94 and the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.37.
Lackey won the 200 free and shared the 100 butterfly title. Kraft won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. Moore won the 50 freestyle and Stansell won the 100 free and 100 backstroke.
The Hurricanes also won the 400 freestyle relay team as Kraft, Delaney Stone, Madison Lackey and Grace Arredondo combined for the gold.
Porter-Gaud repeated as the boys’ Class AAA state champ behind Brent Demarest, who led the way with individual victories in the 200 and 500 freestyles. He also was a member of two relay teams that won state titles. He broke his state record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:45.26.
First Baptist’s Ian Martin also had a big day with state titles in the 50 and 100 freestyles.
The Palmetto Christian girls won the state team title and captured four gold medals. The Eagles won the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays while Abigail Boling won the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke.