SWIM: Sharks, Seahawks lead Lowco contingent at state meet

May River’s girls led the Lowco contingent with a fourth-place finish at the SCHSL Class 4A swimming championships, and Hilton Head’s girls took sixth overall while the Seahawk boys placed 10th on Friday at the University of South Carolina.

The Shark girls were led by a tremendous performance from the 200-yard medley relay team, as Mia Yemec, Shelby Gourley, Hannah Yemec, and Lily Bostwick combined for a time of 1:49.44 to take third place. Gourley added another bronze in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.53) while placing fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:12.41). Hannah Yemec took fourth place in the 100 butterfly (58.39), and Mia Yemec placed fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.10) to help the Sharks to fourth overall with 251 points. 

Eli Summa and Skylar Bruner both shined for the Seahawks on Friday with Bruner collecting a pair of podium finishes. The University of San Diego commit finished off her high school career with a silver in the 500 freestyle (5:06.13) and a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke (59.2), and Summa notched fourth place in the 200 freestyle (1:54.91) while taking sixth in the 100 freestyle (54.60). The Seahawks finished sixth as a team with 223 points, just four points behind fifth-place Wade Hampton (Greenville). 

Blaise Minkler delivered an outstanding meet for Hilton Head High’s boys, earning a pair of bronze medals in the 200 individual medley (1:56.55) and the 500 freestyle (4:41.20) to power the Seahawks (121.5 points) to 10th place.

Bluffton’s Charlie Deaton took fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke (55.61) to lead the Bobcats. 

South Carolina swim power Eastside swept both the boys’ (503 pts) and girls’ (599 pts) titles, while Riverside (400.5 pts) and Lucy Beckham (438.5) finished as respective runners-up. 

By Wes Kerr


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