GOOSE CREEK — Neither rain nor lightning nor the Coosaw Creek Crocodiles could keep Snee Farm from its third straight championship at the Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association’s City Meet over the weekend.
Snee Farm piled up 3,004.5 points to win the three-day meet, which ended Sunday at Crowfield Golf and Country Club, for the 29th time. Coosaw Creek (2,801 points) was second and Daniel Island (2,397.5) was third in the meet, which was delayed both Friday and Sunday by passing thunderstorms.
“It was crazy,” said Snee Farm coach Jason Kreutner, whose team has won 25 of the last 28 City Meet titles. “But Crowfield was a great host and was able to take care of all of us. It was a great meet, and the league just really has it going on.”
Nineteen teams and some 1,000 swimmers from across the Lowcountry participated in the 49th edition of the CCAA’s annual year-end meet.
Snee Farm claimed only one individual title on Sunday as the 13-14 and 15-18 age groups competed, when Charles Blanc took the 50-yard butterfly for 13-14 boys. But Snee Farm also won two of the freestyle relays, and used superior depth to claim the overall championship.
The team racked up 28 top 10 finishes in individual events on Sunday alone, and sent seniors Chris Baltimore, Meredith Berly, Will Bridgham, Tanner Crunelle, Biancy Garsys, Rebecca Groves, Danny Kiernan, Rebecca Marsh, Ricky Schmidt and Jarryd Scully out as winners.
“It was a collective effort, and that’s what you want,” Kreutner said. “I’m really proud of the whole team, and we really took care of our seniors.”
Sunday’s races featured some standout performances:
Sarah Mundy of Crowfield set meet records in the 13-14 girls 50-yard freestyle (24.96 seconds) and breaststroke (33.38), and won the individual medley. Mundy also swam on the Crowfield team that set a meet record in the free relay at 1:46.9, along with Emorie Thrasher, Abby Hawk and Addie Rucker.
Peyton Wilson of James Island broke her own meet records in the 15-18 girls free (24.47) and butterfly (26.13), and also won the IM.
Nick Wukovits of Longpoint set meet records in the 15-18 boys breast (26.67) and IM (52.46), and also won the freestyle. He was on the Longpoint free relay team that set a meet record at 1:28.67 along with Carter Brzezinski, Ryan Pitts and Cooper Pitts. Brzezinski’s leadoff split of 21.98 in that relay was a meet record, and he also won the butterfly.
Cooper Pitts’ time of 24.86 was a meet record in the 15-18 boys’ backstroke, and JB Haffner of Newington set a meet record in the 13-14 boys free at 23.25.
Coosaw Creek’s mixed medley relay team of Connor Westbrooke, Antonio Gunther, Abby Hassell and Clancy Stauffer set a 13-14 meet record at 1:53.95.
Coosaw Creek’s Abbie Hassell won the 13-14 girls butterfly and breaststroke, while Zachary Moody from Northbridge Terrace took first in the 13-14 boys’ breaststroke and individual medley.
The meet capped off a successful season for the CCAA, said vice president Erik Kreutner.
“With the weather, we had a two-hour rain delay on Friday and a three-hour delay today, but everybody was patient,” he said. “The rain today I think helped to cool off the pool, and helped make the swimmers faster. We had a lot of records today, and the kids swam great to finish out the season.”
Coosaw Creek claimed the sportsmanship award for the CCAA’s Red League, while Crowfield and Shadowmoss shared the award in the White League and Summerville YMCA took the award for the Blue League. Natasha Tirpak of Snee Farm won the Caroline Y. Keller Scholarship.
The Longpoint team also was recognized for raising the most money and holding the biggest relay during the Rotary Relay for Laps this season.
1. Snee Farm 3004.5
2. Coosaw Creek 2801.0
3. Daniel Island 2397.5
4. Newington 2226.0
5. Hobcaw 2099.0
6. Northbridge Terrace 2029.5
7. Longpoint 1868.0
8. James Island 1635.5
9. Shadowmoss 1556.0
10. Dunes West 1446.0
11. Crowfield 1426.0
12. Parkshore 1372.5
13. Country Club 1148.0
14. Pine Forest 1103.0
15. Sha-Mel-Lon 1072.5
16. Ashborough 720.5
17. Legend Oaks 616.5
18. Summerville Y 575.5
19. Fort Johnson 497.5