HS SWIM: Seahawks sweep titles at HHCA Invitational

Hilton Head High swimming swept the team titles and won a total of 14 of 22 events at the Hilton Head Christian Academy Invitational on Saturday at Island Rec Center. 

The Seahawk girls won nine of 11 events en route to a stunning team total of 606 points to top the 16-team field made up primarily of SCISA schools. Trinity Collegiate was second with 310 points, while Beaufort High (175.5) finished sixth, Beaufort Academy (163) was eighth, JPII finished 10th, Hilton Head Prep was 11th, host HHCA placed 13th, and Heritage Academy was 15th.

HHIHS rolled up 406.5 points and won five events to edge Wilson Hall (386) for the title with Beaufort High (315) in third. HHCA finished fifth with 216 points, while Hilton Head Prep was 10th and Beaufort Academy was 11th in a 13-team boys field. 

Hilton Head High and Beaufort High were the only SCHSL programs in the field.

Katie Lyons and Ize Pozos were the biggest standouts for the HHIHS girls, as Lyons won the 200 IM and 100 breast and was part of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays, while Pozos won the 50 free and 100 free and helped both the 200 and 400 free relays win gold.

Audrey Perry won the 100 fly for the Seahawks and placed third in the 200 free while also winning gold with the 200 medley and 400 free relays, and Eli Summa won the 100 back and was part of the winning 200 and 400 free relays. Skylar Bruner was part of both freestyle relays and placed second in the 200 and 500 free, and Brooks Risher helped the 200 medley relay earn gold while placing second in the 200 free and third in the 500 free. Daniela Lopez (50 free) and Kristina Heskett (100 breast) also had third-place finishes for HHIHS.

Hilton Head Prep’s Sterling Burd was the only other multi-event winner, claiming the 200 and 500 free races, while teammate Samantha Fenstermaker was runner-up in the 100 fly.

Beaufort Academy’s Kaylee Bartholomew placed second in the 100 breast, and Beaufort High finished third in the 400 free relay.

It was Blaise Minckler who led the way for the Seahawk boys, winning the 500 free and 100 breast and helping HHIHS capture the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Teammate Jackson Voelkel had a big day, winning the 100 free and taking part in the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays, and Dylan Magda was part of both relay wins and finished runner-up in the 200 IM and 100 breast. Christian Naddy also swam on both winning relays and placed third in the 100 fly, and Liam Fromdahl posted runner-up finishes in the 200 free and 100 back.

HHCA’s Jack Ussery won the 200 IM and placed second in the 500 free, and HHP’s Mark Lofye won the 200 free and finished third in the 500 free.

Beaufort High’s James Stone won gold in the 100 fly and was part of the Eagles’ runner-up team in the 400 free relay. Beaufort High also finished second in the 200 free relay.

Photo by Mary Beth Lyons

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