Sophomores shine in Lowcountry Splash

Photo by Laurie Morrin Joining MPSC coach Doug Fetchen (center) are leading finishers in the Lowcountry Splash (from left) Dirk Bell, Travis Morrin, Matthew Adams and Megan Kingsley.

Area high school sophomores led the way during the Lowcountry Splash on Saturday morning. Around 500 participated in the 2.4-mile Cooper River event in which competitors swam from Hobcaw Point in Mount Pleasant to the aircraft carrier at Patriots Point.

Two swimmers from Wando grabbed first-place honors with sophomore Dirk Bell winning the male division in 42 minutes, 48 seconds. Classmate Megan Kingsley won the female division in 46:27.

Rounding out the top three among male swimmers were second-place Matthew Adams and third-place Travis Morrin, both sophomores at Wando.

Trailing Kingsley in the female competition were runner-up Logan Kraft (47:00) and third-place finisher Hannah Craig (47:04).

Champions in the over-under competition, which combines results from the Lowcountry Splash and the Cooper River Bridge Run held in April, were Kingsley and Brent Demarest, a sophomore at Porter-Gaud.

Mount Pleasant Swim Club captured the team championship.

The 2012 South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series begins this week with the 45th annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament, which will be fished Thursday through Saturday out of Georgetown Landing Marina. Boats are allowed to fish two out of three days.

Other events this year include: Bohicket Marina Invitational, June 6-9; Carolina Billfish Classic (Toler’s Cove and Georgetown Landing), June 27-30; MegaDock Billfishing Tournament, July 11-14; and Edisto Marina Billfish Tournament, July 25-28.

Charleston’s Walt Lancaster won 14 medals, including 10 golds, at the South Carolina Senior Sports Championships in Florence.

Lancaster, competing in his 18th straight state championship, won gold in the 50-meter dash(7.48), 100m (14.25), 200m (34.65), triple jump (21-10), long jump (10-3), discus (93-6), javelin (95-4), shot put (33-10), 50 breaststroke (52.59) and 50 butterfly (48.65) in the 70-74 age division.

ATHENS, Ga. — Charleston Southern’s Jacobo Pastor and David Denlinger placed 45th and 60th, respectively, in the NCAA Athens Regional at the University of Georgia course.

Pastor shot 74-69-78-221 to finish 8 over, while Denlingercarded a total score of 78-69-78-225 for 12-over par.