The Coosaw Creek Crocodiles rallied from a 20½-point deficit Tuesday night to win their third straight Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association championship at the Jewish Community Center in West Ashley.
Coosaw Creek finished with 2,746 points, 21½ points better than perennial power Snee Farm (2,724½). Daniel Island (2,612½) was third, followed by Shadowmoss (2,062½) and Northbridge Terrace (2,030½).
“This is great for our program,” said coach Jaeson May, who has coached Coosaw for 15 years. “It’s one thing to win one and another thing to win two, but it’s a testament to this team to win three in a row. They stepped it up and overcame some adversity. I asked them to pull everything out tonight.”
May said he rallied his team this year with the saying “The difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph.’ That’s what we tried to do, give it more ‘umph.’ Hard work pays off.”
Twenty-three teams participated in the meet. The final night of the meet featured 15 relay events, and numerous records, both team and individual, were set during the three hours of competition.
The lead swimmers in relays were eligible to set CCAA records and Shadowmoss swimmer Emorie Thrasher set a couple in the girls 9-10 age group, posting a time of 35.99 in the 50-meter backstroke and later recorded a time of 30.32 in the 50 freestyle. Megan Kingsley of Daniel Island beat the old backstroke record by almost two seconds with a leadoff time of 28.73 in the girls 15-18 medley relay. Parkshore’s Peyton Wilson set a 50 free record of 27.13.
Team records from Tuesday included: 15-18 boys freestyle relay, Dunes West (James Koval, Cason Brown, Dirk Bell, Ben Hillebrand), 1:38.41; 15-18 girls freestyle relay, Northbridge Terrace (Sara Stansell, Lyndsey Bryant, Abigail Boling, Ashleigh Bennett), 1:54.06; 15-18 mixed medley relay, Coosaw Creek (Alecia Rattigan, Jeremiah Bohon, Noah Brazier, Micah Bohon), 1:56.38; 8 & under mixed medley relay, Newington (Kennedy Elwood. J.D. Haffner, Lainey Crafton, James Lopez), 1:22.96.
Before Tuesday’s swimming, the CCAA recognized all senior swimmers who will be attending college and received CCAA scholarships.
Micah Norton of the Country Club of Charleston received the Carolyn Y. Keller Scholarship. Team sportsmanship awards also were presented to Snee Farm (Red League), Longpoint (White League) and Legend Oaks (Blue League).
Coosaw Creek 2,746.0
Snee Farm 2,724.5
Daniel Island 2,612.5
Northbridge Terrace 2,030.5
Hobcaw Yacht Club 1,720.0
Dunes West 1,523.0
James Island 1,021.5
Country Club 1,006.0
Pine Forest 780.0
Fort Johnson 594.5
Legend Oaks 516.0
Jewish Community Center 117.0
Summerville YMCA 47.0