Hilton Head High’s Blaise Minkler captured a pair of runner-up finishes to lead the Seahawks to a fourth-place showing and Bluffton finished seventh overall at the Class 4A Boys Swimming State Championships on Monday at North Charleston Aquatic Center.
Powerhouse Eastside ran away with the team title with 603.5 points, more than doubling runner-up Lucy Beckham’s 285 total. Greenville (233) was third, followed by Hilton Head (207). Bluffton (167) finished seventh, with May River (116) in 12th, and Beaufort High (74) in 17th among 25 scoring teams.
Minkler was the Lowco’s top representative, finishing second in both the 500 free and 100 breast and contributing to a third-place finish in the 400 free relay and a fourth-place showing in the 200 free relay. Jackson Voelkel, Christian Naddy, and Dylan Magda joined Minkler on both All-State relays, and Magda claimed fourth in the 200 IM.
The Bobcats did not have a swimmer claim All-State honors with a top-three finish, but they had a pair of individuals and a pair of relays crack the top five. The quartet of Dominic Edl, Charlie Deaton, Carter Hawkes, and Sam Deaton finished fourth in the 200 medley relay and fifth in the 200 free relay, while Edl placed fourth in the 100 breast and Hawkes was fifth in the 500 free and the 100 fly.
May River’s Jacob Lally placed fourth in the 50 free and the 100 free, and Beaufort’s James Stone claimed All-State honors with a third-place finish in the 100 fly.
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