The opening day of the Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association's Championship Meet ended not with defending champion Coosaw Creek at the top of the pack, nor with Snee Farm, which had won 22 straight City Swim Meets before Coosaw Creek's win last year, leading the way.
The leader after Sunday's events at the Jewish Community Center pool, which featured the 22 teams' younger swimmers, was an up-and-coming Daniel Island squad that opened a nice lead over Northbridge Terrace.
Daniel Island's Flying Fish posted 944 points while Northbridge Terrace is second with 862½. Coosaw Creek is (858) third, Snee Farm (838) is fourth, and Hobcaw Yacht Club (810) rounds out the top five.
The day's top individual performance belonged to Shadowmoss's Emorie Thrasher, who posted wins in the 9-10 girls' 50-meter freestyle (38.84), 50 backstroke (32.80) and 100 individual medley (1:23.76).
Other top performers included Daniel Island's Nina Jansen, who was first in the 8-under girls 25 backstroke and second in the 25 freestyle; Northbridge Terrace's Josh Adams, who was first in the 50 butterfly, first in the 100 IM and second in the 50-meter backstroke; Brickyard's Jonny Botts, who was first in the 9-10 boys' 50 freestyle and second in the 50 breaststroke and 100 IM; Parkshore's Zachary Moody, who was first in the 9-10 boys' 50 breaststroke, and third in the 50 backstroke and 100 IM; and Fort Johnson's Mary Alice Dupree, who was first in the 11-12 girls' 50 butterfly, first in the 100 IM and second in the 50 freestyle.
The meet runs through Tuesday with swimming scheduled to begin today and Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Daniel Island coach Rose Van Metre said she hoped her younger swimmers' performance would inspire the older members of the Flying Fish.
“It's been unbelievable,” Van Metre said. “We've been (improving) times. We are thrilled with how we've done. You want your kids to better their times. I would like tonight to carry momentum to our older kids and into the relays (Tuesday). We've had some really exciting swims.”
Coosaw Creek coach Jaeson May, whose Crocodiles wear the role of favorite after dethroning Snee Farm last year, said he was happy with his team's opening-day performance.
“The kids did really well and exceeded expectations,” May said.
“A lot of swimmers had personal bests. As long as they do their best, that's all we expect of them.”
CCAA president Chris Accetta said Sunday's opener went smoothly.
“The kids were really focused and the coaches have done a great job getting them ready. This is the day we struggle the most with,” Accetta said.
“Daniel Island in the lead is a little bit of a pleasant surprise. It starts to show the depth we have.
“It's not just Snee Farm. It's not just Coosaw. Daniel Island has started to develop a nice program.”