Local swimmers claimed eight state titles at the 2018 S.C. Long Course State Championships from July 19-22 at Sol Blatt Natatorium in Columbia.
Hilton Head Aquatics had three swimmers combine to win six state titles, including three by Noah Corbitt, who was the No. 4 overall point-winner in the boys open division. Corbitt, 19, won the 100, 200, and 400 freestyle races.
H2A’s Skylar Bruner won the 800 and 1500 freestyle in the girls 13-14 division, and teammate Sterling Burd claimed the 200 freestyle in the same division. Erek Nelson of the Bluffton Fins won the boys open 100 and 200 backstroke.
H2A finished sixth among 22 teams in the girls team standings, ninth among 22 teams in the boys scoring, and eight among 25 teams overall. H2A swimmers set 21 new team records and had seven swimmers achieve new qualifying times for senior sectionals: Clayton Boyles (age 17) in the 100 backstroke; Cohen Bruner (15) in the 400 freestyle; Skylar Bruner (13) in the 800 and 1500 freestyle and 200 backstroke; Burd (14) in the 200 and 400 freestyle and the 200 butterfly; Caleb Eidson (15) in the 100 freestyle; Tommy Hughson (15) in the 400 freestyle; and Mia Sinkiewicz (15) in the 100 backstroke.
Cohen Bruner qualified for three individual events — the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle — for the 2019 NCSA Jr. National Swim Meet held in Orlando in March. Two H2A relay teams also qualified for NCSA Jr. Nationals — the boys 400 free relay (Kevin Geist, Cohen Bruner, Clayton Boyles, Caleb Eidson), and the girls 400 medley relay (Mia Sinkiewicz, back; Meaghan Lyons, breast; Chloe Corbitt, fly; Isabella Pozos, free).
Geist also qualified for the 2018 Speedo Winter Jr. National Championships in the 100 and 200 fly.
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