The Clover High School girls’ and boys’ swim teams will be well represented at Saturday’s state meets at the University of South Carolina Natatorium.
Record-setting Clover swimmer Morgan Rulevich, the defending state champion in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke, maintained her winning form in the Oct. 4 Region 3-AAAA swim meet at the Rock Hill Aquatic Center.
“Morgan swam for region championship in the 50 freestyle with a 24.89 clocking and the 100 breaststroke at 1:07.37,” said CHS swim coach Joan Epping, whose program has been on the rise for years with quality finishes and record-setting times.
For Saturday’s state meet, Rulevich was seeded fifth in the 50-yard freestyle, third in the 100-yard freestyle and second in the 100-yard breaststroke before the region meet.
In other girls’ competition in the region meet, junior Anna Pettus finished second in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:17.76 and fourth in the breaststroke at 1:10.30. She is a state qualifier in both events.
The girls’ 200-yard medley relay team placed second in the region at 1:57.62. The team consists of Kelcey Hines, Rulevich, Pettus and Audrey Hines.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team also finished second, at 3:53.97. Team members are Kelcey Hines, Audrey Hines, Pettus and Rulevich.
Both teams, along with the 200-yard freestyle relay team, will compete in the state event at the USC Natatorium.
Junior CHS girls’ swimmer Kelcey Hines has qualified in the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle in the state meet.
Audrey Hines, a seventh-grader, also will compete in the state competition, having qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Senior stalwart Brice Beverely, who with Rulevich has brought recognition to the CHS swim team during his career, made his presence felt in the boys’ region meet with two second-place finishes.
Beverely placed second in the 200-yard individual medley at 2:06.26 and had a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at 55.91.
“Brice has qualified for the state in the in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke,” said Epping. “He is currently seeded sixth in the state in the 100 backstroke.”
Oscar Onoszko, a Clover sophomore, had a pair of third-place finishes in the boys’ region competition. He finished at 1:55.65 in the 200-yard freestyle event and 5:19.64 in the 500-yard freestyle.
Onoszko has qualified for the state competition in both events, noted Epping.
The boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay team had a second-place finish in the region event at 3:31.53. Team members are Wade Summer, Onoszko, Seth Hurst and Beverely.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team, consisting of Wade Summer, Onoszko, Hurst and Beverely, had a third-place finish in the region event at 1:33.53.
Both relay teams have qualified for the state meet. The CHS boys’ 200-yard medley relay team also has qualified for the state.
Epping said she is proud of how far the CHS swim team program has come.
“We began in 2001 with 20 swimmers,” she said. “We went a good many years without a state qualifier. We’ve had state qualifiers the last five years, including state championships.”
Epping said total commitment has been the key to the team’s success.
“We have great kids who are working hard,” said Epping. “We have kids swimming year-round. That’s what it takes.”