HSSWIM: HHP’s Burd, HHCA’s Eidson double up on gold

Hilton Head Prep’s Sterling Burd won the girls 200 and 500 freestyle titles for the fifth consecutive year, and Hilton Head Christian Academy’s Caleb Eidson also won two events with state-record times to highlight the local contingent of swimmers at the SCISA State Championships on Saturday.

Eidson won the 50 and 100 freestyle titles and Jack Ussery won the 100 breaststroke and finished second in the 500 free to lead the HHCA boys to a third-place finish in SCISA Class 2A-1A. Ussery and Caleb Eidson also teamed up with Levi Eidson and JP Reed to place third in the 200 free relay.

Caleb Eidson / Photo by Mary Beth Lyons
Jack Ussery / Photo by Mary Beth Lyons

Beaufort Academy led local girls teams with a fifth-place finish in the 2A-1A meet, narrowly edging sixth-place HHCA. BA’s Kaylee Bartholomew finished second in the 100 breaststroke, and teammate Emma Dinkins was third in the 100 free. HHCA’s relay team of Addeline Lentz, Emmelia Lentz, Lilly Parker, and Hadley Helmstetter placed second in the 200 free relay.

Burd capped her outstanding career with another dominant performance in the freestyle events, and Mark Lofye was third in the boys 500 free to lead HHP, which placed eighth in the girls standings and 11th in boys.

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