Sweeping success: Wando wins boys and girls state swim state titles

Wando's (from left) Megan Kingsley, Kelsey Gross, Laura Brotherton and Chase Muller finished second today in the girls 200-yard medley at the Class AAAA state high school swimming championships in Columbia (Fred Rindge/staff)

COLUMBIA — With Megan Kingsley and Zach Lierley leading the way, the Wando girls and boys swim teams captured Class AAAA state championships today at the University of South Carolina Natatorium.

The Warriors’ boys defended the state title they won last year by five points by beating runner-up Riverside, 310-288, and the Wando girls, who placed fourth last year, outswam second-place Fort Mill, 330-320.

Kingsley, a junior, broke her own state records in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly, while Lierley, a senior, won the 200 IM and was second in the 100 backstroke.

Kingsley also anchored the 400 free relay team that tied for first with Fort Mill in 3:36.68, and she was on the second-place finishing 200 medley relay squad.

Lierley swam on the Warriors’ winning 200 medley relay squad and on the 400 free relay team.

Wando junior Dirk Bell was seeded sixth in the Class AAAA boys 500 free, but cut about 15 seconds to take first place.

Ashley Ridge junior Micah Bohon, seeded ninth in the Class AAA girls 100 backstroke, cut seven seconds to win the event in 56.80.

Sophomore Ashleigh Bennett of West Ashley captured two third-place finishes in the Class AAAA girls meet. Bennett moved up two spots in the 50 freestyle seedings, going 24.67, and she edged up a spot in the 100 free (53.71).

A three-year old state record held by former Stratford standout B.J. Hornikel was broken by Clover’s Garrett Hills, who won the Class AAAA 100 freestyle in 45.88 (45.96)..

The Class AAA-AA-A meet was scheduled to start later today at 4:15 p.m.

For more results, check in later today at postandcourier.com and look in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.