Five local schools will converge upon the Rock Hill Aquatics Center at 6 tonight for the Region 4-AAA swim meet.
Chester, Fort Mill, Nation Ford, South Pointe and York will compete. The girls title should come down to Fort Mill and South Pointe. The boys will be a battle between rivals Fort Mill and Nation Ford.
There are three girls races of special interest: the 200 free relay; 200 medley relay; and 200 individual medley.
Fort Mill has the state's fastest time in the 200 free relay (1:44.90). South Pointe is second (1:46.03). Bragging rights are on the line. The 200 medley relay will also pit Fort Mill against South Pointe. The Stallions' 1:58.03 is the region's fastest posting to date. Fort Mill has clocked a 1:58.75.
During the regular season, South Pointe girls won the free relay and Fort Mill won in the medley. The teams met later in the season at the Crosstown Throwdown with South Pointe winning the medley relay and Fort Mill taking the free relay.
Fort Mill's Madison Little has the region's fastest time of 2:21.24 in the 200 individual medley, with South Pointe's Izzi Woodard a blip slower at 2:21.38.
On the boys side, Nation Ford's Evan Ashcraft owns the state's best time in the 200 I.M. (2:01.91), but Fort Mill will score well in the event. Sam Van Buskirk, Jeffrey Case and Al Lim are in the state's Top 10.
Fort Mill's 200 medley relay team is ranked No. 1 in the state.
Nation Ford's Brian Peterson is favored in the 50 and 100 free. He and Van Buskirk will provide an entertaining race in the 100 fly. Peterson's best time in 2010 is 57.35 and Van Buskirk has turned in a 57.55.
There is a lot at stake in today's meet. Any individual or relay that acquires an automatic time will swim at the state level. The state finals are set for Oct. 9 at the University of South Carolina.