Cyclones boys, Hurricanes girls storm to titles

(L to R) First Baptist High School Swim Team members Sara Stansell and Logan Kraft are one of the reasons First Baptist is having a good year. (Brad Nettles/Staff) 10/10/13

— The Porter-Gaud boys captured their fourth straight SCISA Class AAA state swimming championship on Saturday, while the First Baptist girls rolled to their seventh straight state title.

It was a big day at the Augusta Natatorium as local swimmers rewrote the record books. The Hurricanes boys finished second to Porter-Gaud as Ian Martin led the Hurricanes with state records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. His times were 22.01 and 48.97, respectively.

Porter-Gaud had only two gold medals, both won by Brent Demarest, but the Cyclones trumped the field with tremendous depth. They scored 222 points to First Baptist’s 165. Ben Lippen was third with 156.

Demarest won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.55 and the 500 freestyle in 4:59.08.

“Depth was the difference,” Porter-Gaud coach Mike Walsh said. “That saved us. First Baptist is loaded with superstars. We just have depth.”

Just how deep were the Cyclones?

They had four boys score points in the 500 freestyle, three in the 100 breast, three in the 100 butterfly, three in the 50 freestyle and four in the 100 free.

“We have 27 swimmers on the team,” Walsh said. “We had 20 swim at the state, and out of that we had 17 place and get points for us.”

In addition to Martin’s two state records, the Hurricanes set two other records, both in the relays: the 200 medley and 400 free.

In the girls meet, First Baptist rolled as Logan Kraft set the state record in the 50 freestyle as the leadoff split of the 200 free relay. She also won the 100 and 200 freestyles.

First Baptist tallied 201 points to Heathwood Hall’s 126.5. Hammond was third with 109.5.

“The girls stepped up to the plate at the state meet once again,” coach Sara Kraft said. “Just about everyone recorded their best times today.”

First Baptist’s Sara Stansell won the 200 IM and 500 free. Grace Arredondo won the 50 free and 3rd in the 100 free. Lucas Langston won the 200 IM and took second in the 500 free. Kelsey Kraft took second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 fly.

First Baptist’s Kraft, Grace Arredondo, Kelsey Kraft and Stansell broke the 200 and 400 relay records.

“It was great to get another championship,” coach Kraft said. “We lose some key seniors but feel we can be strong again next year.”

Spartanburg Day won the Class AA boys and girls titles with 233 and 250 points, respectively.

Beaufort Academy was second in the girls meet with 158 points and Palmetto Christian was third with 153.

Spartanburg Day defeated Newberry Academy 233-188 in the boys meet. Oakbrook Prep was third.

Palmetto Christian’s Abigail Boling won the 500 and 200 free and the 200 IM.