The best swimmers from across the state converged on the USC Natatorium in Columbia on Saturday for the Class AAA state championships. The event turned out to be a battle of Lowcountry teams.
Bishop England and Academic Magnet stole the show, finishing first and second in both the boys and girls team championships.
Bishop England won the boys title with 401 points, followed by Academic Magnet with 374 points. Roles were reversed in the girls meet as Academic Magnet repeated as the state champion with 486 points. Bishop England was the state runner-up with 401 points.
In the boys meet, Bishop England’s Carter Rose placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke and fourth in the 200-yard individual medley. Teammate Addie Laurencelle took fourth in the 100-yard freestyle and fifth in the 50-yard freestyle, while Joseph Bolchoz added a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle.
Cole Mummert aided the Bishops’ effort with a silver medal in the 100-yard butterfly and teammate Josh Adams finished sixth. Noland Griffith took third-place in the 100-yard backstroke.
Leading Academic Magnet’s runner-up finish were Ryan Troy and Zach Moody. Troy placed second in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 500-yard freestyle, while Moody was second in the 500 and third in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Charles Blanc had a pair of top five finishes (200, 100) and Garrett Smith finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle.
Depth proved to be the strength of the Academic Magnet girls team. The Raptors did not win an individual event but piled up points with top 10 placements.
Emma Ludman was a fourth-place finisher in the 200-yard individual medley and Skyler Ayers was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle. Malia Borg finished third in the 500-yard freestyle, while Julia Zimlich and Sarah Feingold finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Bella Kissell was the top individual performer for Bishop England, finishing fourth in the 500-yard freestyle and fifth in the 200-yard individual medley.
The Class AAAA championships also were held on Saturday. Berkeley sophomore Sarah Mundy was the top area swimmer in the AAAA finals. Mundy earned a pair of silver medals in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.
Cane Bay’s Tyler Barrett finished fourth in the AAAA boys 200-yard individual medley and was fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The Class AAAAA championships were decided Friday night. The Wando boys posted a strong runner-up finish to state champion Riverside and Wando finished third in the girls championships.
The top local performer was West Ashley’s Cooper Bennett, who placed second in two events — the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.
In the boys meet, Wando finished with 360 team points and had one individual state champion as Johnny Gush captured gold in the 100-yard butterfly finals. Gush also took third-place in the 200-yard freestyle finals.
Wando’s Dan Sulkowski earned a silver medal in the 100-yard breaststroke and Ryan Pitts was third in the 100-yard freestyle.
The Wando girls finished third behind Riverside and Fort Mill. James Island also finished in the top 10, placing ninth in the team standings.
James Island’s Mary Alice Dupree finished fourth in the 200 individual medley and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly. Wando was led by Sophia Vanderpool’s third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.
Summerville’s Meredith Welch finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke finals.