Fort Mill Times

Fort Mill swim team among favorites to win S.C. title

Both the Fort Mill girls’ and boys’ swim teams claimed Region III titles for the fifth consecutive year as the Jackets dominated the Region III-4A swim meet Oct. 4 at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center.

Fort Mill had at least one swimmer on the podium for all 22 events, winning 13.

Nation Ford won four events, Clover won two and York, Rock Hill and Gaffney each won one event.

The Jackets qualified 21 swimmers – nine boys and 12 girls – for the state meet Oct. 11 at the USC Natatorium in Columbia, making them one of the favorites for a state title.

“This is the strongest team I have had the privilege of coaching,” said Jackets head coach Cindy Van Buskirk. “Their dedication is amazing.”

Fort Mill’s toughest competition at the state meet will be Riverside High School. Van Buskirk said it could come down to the last event to decide a state champion.

“It is going to be an amazing meet,” she said. “It is going to be interesting.”

Fort Mill won five of the six relay events, with Nation Ford winning the sixth. Individual winners for Fort Mill were:

Madison Coughlen: girls’ 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle

Erynn Black: girls’ 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke

Ben Fenwick: boys’ 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly

Zach Piedt: boys’ 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle

Individual winners for Nation Ford were:

David Sweezer: boys’ 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle

Samuel Fitzgerald: boys’ 100-yard breaststroke

Nation Ford qualified at least eight swimmers for the Oct. 11 state meet: six boys and two girls. Both Fort Mill and Nation Ford may take more swimmers as alternates, but that won’t be determined until later this week.

The 4A state swim meet is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m..