Two swimmers from the Mount Pleasant Swim Club were overall first-place finishers in the Lowcountry Splash event.

Gracie Herlong, 18, was the overall female first-place finisher in the event, and 16-year-old Jonathan Lierley was the first-place male finisher overall.

The Lowcountry Splash was a 2.4-mile swim along the Mount Pleasant shoreline and under the Ravenel Bridge. The race began at Hobcaw Yacht Club, continued under the bridge and past the aircraft carrier Yorktown, and ended at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina at Patriots Point.

More than 400 athletes swam in the event, and many of the top finishers were involved with or members of the Mount Pleasant Swim Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Logan Rutledge Children's Foundation.

Lierley battled it out with another young competitor until the final leg of the race, but he pulled away to win. Herlong will be swimming for the College of Charleston this fall.

"The Mount Pleasant Swim Club is very proud of all of (its) swimmers in the Lowcountry Splash," said club head coach Liz Campbell. "Not only did these high school swimmers train really hard all year long for events such as this, but they were also able to support a great foundation."

The club is a competitive year-round program that provides young swimmers with the opportunity to swim at their desired level within the structure of the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department and USA Swimming. The pool at the Park West Recreation Complex serves the club's swimmers. Its team is divided into five groups based on age, ability and competition.

For information on the club, call Campbell at 856-2536 or visit Also, visit