Beaufort Academy’s girls swim team claimed the team title and the BA boys finished fourth at the Mead Hall Panther Invitational in Aiken on Saturday.
“We are so proud of the BA swim team and how they rose to the occasion and fought with everything they had, from the beginning of the swim meet until the very last event,” coach Jeff Rushing said.
Seniors Hannah Ackerman (1st in 50 free, 3rd in 100 free), Quinn Fleming (2nd in 100 free, 2nd in 200 free), Michela Giannini (2nd in 200 IM, 1st in 100 free), and James Hart (2nd in 50 free, 1st in 100 free) led the way for the Eagles.
Nigel Bell (1st in 100 back) also claimed an individual title, and Ashton Bell (2nd in 200 IM, 3rd in 400 free), Joseph Patterson (3rd in 200 IM, 2nd in 400 free), and Katherine Taylor (2nd in 50 free, 3rd in 100 breast) each recorded two top-3 finishes.
The girls’ 400 free relay team of Fleming, Ackerman, Giannini, and Emma Grace Dinkins finished first, and girls’ 200 medley relay (Jenny Harry, Dinkins, Giannini, Emma Melville) and boys’ 200 medley relay (Bell, Jeffery Rushing, Patterson, Hart) each finished third.
Coach Rushing also credited new team members Pia Megg, Lily Melville, Preston Aivaz, Brock Bekemeyer, Aden Harrington, and Trevor Jones for their contributions.
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