The 2013 high school swimming season will be remembered as the year of state championships and scholarships.
Academic Magnet claimed the High School League's boys Class AAA state championship while the Porter-Gaud boys and First Baptist girls captured SCISA state titles.
And there were numerous local swimmers who claimed two individual state titles, including The Post and Courier's male and female swimmers of the year - Bishop England's Matt Adams and Wando's Megan Kingsley.
And then there were scholarships. The Lowcountry had a banner class of seniors who will compete at the next level.
Adams earned a swimming scholarship to Alabama; Kingsley will swim at Georgia. Ashley Ridge's Micah Bohon signed with Tennessee while her brother Jeremiah signed with the University of South Carolina. Academic Magnet's James Koval signed with West Virginia.
The Bohons and Koval join Adams and Kingsley on the All-Lowcountry team. The rest of the boys team includes Emmanuel Emovon of Wando and Jack Story of Bishop England.
The girls team includes Laura Brotherton from Wando; Ashleigh Bennett of West Ashley; and Peyton Wilson from James Island.
Adams capped a brilliant season with state records in the 200-yard individual medley (1:50.78), and the 100 freestyle (45.32). He also was on the winning 200- and 400-free relays.
"It felt great to get victories," Adams said. "But to set state records and get your name in the record book tops everything. It was a great bit of work. But the results were worth it."
Kingsley set two state records as a junior and had a big senior season with victories in the 200 individual medley (2:01.10) and the 100 butterfly (54.67).
"It is a high honor to be thought of this way and I'm glad I ended my career on a high note. I leave behind my club and school career with great memories," said Kingsley, the only female swimmer to own two state records.
Kingsley came close to qualifying for the 2012 London Games and has big goals for the future.
"I was super happy with how I swam at the 2012 Olympic Trials, and swimming continues to keep getting more competitive," Kingsley said. "I will strive for higher rankings and hopefully a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team."
A.J. Parks, who led Academic Magnet to the state title, is the coach of the year.
Matt Adams, Bishop England, Senior, 200 Individual medley, 100 Freestyle
James Koval, Academic Magnet, Senior, 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle
Emmanuel Emovon, Wando, Sophomore, 50 freestyle
Jack Story, Bishop England, Senior, 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke
Jeremiah Bohon, Ashley Ridge, Senior, 100 Breaststroke
Dalton Delp, Ashley Ridge; Nick Wukovits, Wando; Carter Brzezinski, Academic Magnet; Casey Buck, West Ashley; Christopher Raybon, Wando; Daniel Courey, West Ashley; Brent Demarest, Porter-Gaud; Lucas Langston, First Baptist; Ian Martin, First Baptist; Rich Kaiser, First Baptist; Miller, Ducker, Wando; Kurt Heinhold, Academic Magnet; Cooper Pitts, Academic Magnet; Kurt Stieby, Bishop England; Alex Parker, Academic Magnet; Matthew Stapleton, Academic Magnet; Owen Navarro, Academic Magnet; Jacob Obenus, Academic Magnet; Cole Mummert, Bishop England; Malek Varner, Bishop England; Joseph Riddell, James Island.
Megan Kingsley, Wando, Senior, 200 Individual Medley, 100 Butterfly
Laura Brotherton, Wando, Sophomore, 200 Freestyle
Ashleigh Bennett, West Ashley, Junior, 50 Freestyle
Peyton Wilson, James Island, Freshman, 100 Freestyle
Sara Stansell, First Baptist, Senior, 500 Freestyle
Micah Bohon, Ashley Ridge, Senior, 100 Backstroke
Elaine Zhou, Academic Magnet, Sophomore, 100 Breaststroke
Allison, Burton, Wando; Meredith Welsh, Summerville; Rebecca Grove, Wando; Logan Kraft, First Baptist; Grace Arredodndo, First Baptist; Abigail Boling, Palmetto Christian; Victoria Conley, Wando; Hannah Craig, James Island; Cassidy Rindge, Academic Magnet; Peyton Wilson James Island; Emma Crowfoot, Academic Magnet; Kate Hughes, Academic Magnet; Hannah Gourdie, Academic Magnet; Carrie Hillebrand, Academic Magnet; Mary Alice Dupree, James Island.
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