SWIMMING

Wando edges Fort Mill for title

Herald correspondentOctober 7, 2012 

— An unexpected tie for first in the girls’ 400-yard free relay was enough to give Wando the edge in beating out the Fort Mill Lady Jackets for the 4A state swimming championship.

Wando rang up 330 points to Fort Mill’s 320 as the Lady Jackets lost their first meet of the year, finishing second at the University of South Carolina pool.

With one race left to go in the girl’s events – the 400-yard free relay – Fort Mill trailed Wando and needed a win in the event.

With both teams gathered beside each other on the pool deck, the roars were earsplitting. Fort Mill seemed to have gotten the win, edging out Wando, but when the scoreboard flashed the times – both teams had identical times of 3:36.68 and had to split the points.

The runner-up finish for Fort Mill was the second in a row for the Lady Jackets, who also finished second last year in the 3A meet. It is their fifth time being runners-up at the state meet.

Fort Mill did come away with wins in the 200-yard free relay and the tie for first in the 400-yard free relay.

“We said we wanted to be in the top five,” said Fort Mill coach Lindsey Hawkins. “The kids dropped three and four seconds on their swims. They swam phenomenal.”

Clover’s Morgan Rulevich was the only local female winner as she won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06:79.

On the boys’ side, Fort Mill came into the 4A meet for the first time in a couple of years after winning back-to-back state titles in 3A in 2010 and 2011.

Fort Mill had been on a 25-meet undefeated streak over the past three years before Saturday’s 4A state meet, which was also won by Wando.

The Jackets finished sixth, posting a score of 222 and were beaten out by Clover, who finished fifth with a 231.

Clover coach Joan Epping didn’t realize her team did as well as they did and had to be told after the meet.

“We had a fantastic meet,” she said. “Our times were phenomenal. We have great senior leadership on the team. Everybody rose to the occasion.”

Clover’s Garrett Hills won two individual races, the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle, the second of which set a state record with a time of 45.88.

For fans of area teams, , the race of the meet was the 100-yard freestyle, which featured the top three seeds being local swimmers with Hills representing Clover in the number one position, Lancaster’s Jory Pettit with the second seed and Fort Mill’s Zach Piedt with the third seed. The three all finished in the top three in the same order they were seeded.

Hills gave credit to his swim suit for the wins, talking about its design.

“It was the first time I wore it and I had a really good race,” he said. “I was able to explode off the wall.”

The Blue Eagle boys also won the 400-yard freestyle relay in the last race of the event, which pushed them ahead of Fort Mill for fifth place.

4A STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Key: Ashley Ridge (ASR), Clover (C), Dorman (D), Fort Mill (FM), Lancaster (L), Nation Ford (NF), North Augusta (NOA), Northwestern (NW), Spring Valley (SPV), South Pointe (SP), Wando (W), York (Y)

GIRLS’ STANDINGS

1) Wando 330, 2) Fort Mill 320, 3) JL Mann 305, 4) Riverside 299, 5) Mauldin 281, 6) North Augusta 201, 7) Spartanburg 153, 8) Dorman 145, 9) Bluffton 140, 10) Lexington 137, 11) Clover 125, 26) South Pointe 10, 28) Northwestern 7, 30) Lancaster 4.

GIRLS’ EVENTS: (WINNERS, LOCAL FINISHERS)

200-yard medley relay: 1) JL Mann 1:50.47, 9) Fort Mill 1:58.82, 18) South Pointe 2:11.38, DQ) Clover

200-yard freestyle: 1) Nicole Fuller (NOA) 1:51.70, 3) Madison Coughlen (FM) 1:55.85, 13) Julia Herron (FM) 2:04.34

200-yard individual medley: 1) Megan Kingsley (W) 2:00.99, 9) Tori Herron (FM) 2:14.87, 14) Kelsey Holloway (FM) 2:18.50, 18) Jenna Pehowski (FM) 2:20.41, 24) Veronica Mobbs (FM) 2:24.76

50-yard freestyle: 1) Kelsey Williams (NOA) 24.38, 2) Morgan Rulevich (C) 24.41, 6) Madison Little (FM) 24.84, 7) Michelle Case (FM) 24.94, 15) Lauren Wood (FM) 25.89, 20) Kelcey Hines (C) 26.23, 37) Caroline Crowder (SP) 27.38

100-yard butterfly: 1) Megan Kingsley (W) 54.03, 6) Michelle Case (FM) 1:00.21, 11) Anna Pettus (C) 1:01.98, 17) Hannah Jacobs (L) 1:04.33, 30) Lauren Spencer (L) 1:06.99

100-yard freestyle: 1) Tori Angermeier (D) 52.06, 10) Kelsey Holloway (FM) 56.63, 16) Kelcey Hines (C) 57.15, 26) Jessica Myers (Y) 58.81, 29) Rebekah Peterson (NF) 59.46, 34) Lauren Spencer (L) 1:00.69

500-yard freestyle: 1) Nicole Fuller (NOA) 4:56.43, 2) Madison Coughlen (FM) 5:08.67, 14) Leanna Martin (NW) 5:34.60, 15) Julia Herron (FM) 5:34.63, 21) Jessica Myers (Y) 5:41.17

200-yard free relay: 1) FM 1:39.94, 4) C 1:43.99

100-yard backstroke: 1) Micah Bohon (ASR) 56.80, 6) Lauren Wood (FM) 1:01.19, 10) Tori Herron (FM) 1:02.36, 29) Rebekah Peterson (NF) 1:07.18, 31) Bailey Fallon (SP) 1:07.39, 33) Murphy Cannon (SP) 1:08.17

100-yard breaststroke: 1) Morgan Rulevich (C) 1:06.79, 2) Madison Little (FM) 1:07.10, 4) Anna Pettus (C) 1:08.73, 29) Brielle Michaeli (FM) 1:17.13

400-yard free relay: 1) Fort Mill 3:36.68, 1) Wando 3:36.68, 18) Clover 4:12.79, 19) South Pointe 4:14.15

BOYS’ STANDINGS

1)Wando 310, 2) Riverside 288, 3) JL Mann 262, 4) Spring Valley 252, 5) Clover 231, 6) Fort Mill 222, 7) Spartanburg 214.5, 8) Bluffton 178, 9) Wade Hampton 160.5, 10) Lexington 127, 11) Nation Ford 121, 16) Northwestern 88, 19) Lancaster 66.

BOYS’ EVENTS: (WINNERS, LOCAL FINISHERS)

200-yard medley relay: 1) Wando 1:38.47, 3) C 1:38.80, 14) NW 1:47.40, 16) FM 1:47.70

200-yard freestyle: 1) Eric Collins (NOA) 1:41.87, 2) Jacob Kohlhoff (FM) 1:42.69, 5) Brandon Sweezer (NF) 1:43.89, 6) David Sweezer (NF) 1:44.88, 21) Jacob Martin (NF) 1:56.16

200-yard individual medley: 1) Zach Lierley (W) 1:54.03, 3) Riley League (NW) 1:57.25, 4) Zach Piedt (FM) 1:58.45, 5) John Slavens (C) 1:58.97, 25) Harrison Mobbs (FM) 2:10.26, 35) Conner Farris (NW) 2:15.09

50-yard freestyle: 1) Garrett Hills (C) 20.83, 2) Jory Pettit (L) 20.89, 7) Braxton Shuler (C) 22.35, 9) Cade Farris (NW) 22.58, 13) Franklin Westerkamp (FM) 22.97, 30) Mason Strohl (FM) 23.72

100-yard butterfly: 1) Jonathon Boland (SPV) 50.30, 12) Franklin Westerkamp (FM) 55.24, 25) Conner Farris (NW) 58.47

100-yard freestyle: 1) Garrett Hills (C) 45.88, 2) Jory Pettit (L) 46.50, 3) Zach Piedt (FM) 47.64, 6) Braxton Shuler (C) 49.11, 15) Charles Graham (C) 50.43

500-yard freestyle: 1) Dirk Bell (W) 4:34.50, 3) Jacob Kohlhoff (FM) 4:39.18, 4) David Sweezer (NF) 4:40.12, 6) Brandon Sweezer (NF) 4:43.73, 15) Jacob Martin (NF) 5:09.62, 20) Lucas Fairbanks (FM) 5:15.21

200-yard free relay: 1) FM 1:29.14, 12) NF 1:35.31, 13) NW 1:35.61, 15) L 1:35.87, 19) C 1:39.32

100-yard backstroke: 1) Jonathon Boland (SPV) 51.52, 15) Mason Strohl (FM) 57.24, 27) Kenny Jeffrey (C) 1:01.42

100-yard breaststroke: 1) Eric Collins (NOA) 58.14, 3) John Slavens (C) 59.01, 4) Riley League (NW) 1:00.79, 9) Charles Graham (C) 1:02.88, 10) Walker Koontz (FM) 1:02.96, 12) Kyle Brooks (FM) 1:04.47, 16) Cade Farris (NW) 1:05.09, 30) Harrison Mobbs (FM) 1:07.01, 36) Lucas Fairbanks (FM) 1:08.07, 37) John Miller (NW) 1:08.29

400-yard free relay: 1) Clover 3:13.03, 4) FM 3:17.00, 10) NF 3:28.40, 15) L 3:32.26, 21) NW 3:49.23

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