South Carolina Set to Kick Off 2016-2017 High School State Meets

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It’s only mid-October, but the first round of high school state championships are here. South Carolina will kick off the season with state titles being awarded this weekend, a week later than planned. While the public school seasons should have concluded last weekend, Hurricane Matthew delayed the meet.

The 5A meet will be held on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. On Saturday the 4A championships will go off at 10:15 a.m. and 3A at 3 p.m. All three meets are timed finals and will take place at the Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

3A Preview

The Baker twins could combine for four individual state titles for Christ Church Episcopal School on Saturday. After cruising through the early season Sydney Baker is the top seed in the 100 breaststroke and the fourth seed in the 200 freestyle. Her sister Maddie Baker is entered first in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly. Greenville Tech Charter’s Ally Patterson is the top seed in the 50 freestyle while Brashier Middle College’s Elizabeth Jensen leads the way in the 100 free.

On the boy’s side, Palmeto’s Talmadge Davis leads the way in the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle by considerable margins in both events. Waccamaw’s Patrick Sullivan will look to take the sprint double. He’s entered first in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Teammate John Grey Crosby will seek to join him on the podium in both events.

The psych sheet is available here.

4A Preview

Dreher’s Hayley Mason has set herself up for mid-distance success with top seeds in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Freshman Riley Parker from Eastside could perform the upset, holding a second seed in the 200 freestyle as well as the 100 backstroke. Berkeley sophomore Sarah Mundy is seeded well ahead in the 50 and 100 freestyles. Greenville’s Anna Havens Rice enters the weekend with a dominant top spot in the 200 IM and on North Augusta’s Emily Rice‘s tail in the 100 breaststroke.

The men’s 200 IM is one of the most tightly seeded events of the meet. Eastside teammates Dylan Muse and Joseph Brooks sit in the top two spots while South Aiken’s Michael Robinson is the third seed. Robinson is on top of the rankings in the 100 backstroke. Muse leads the way in the 100 breaststroke, only .02 ahead of South Pointe’s Maurilio Saddoud. In the 500 freestyle Aiken’s Jason Kekacs is the only swimmer entered under five minutes. Kekacs will have a battle for gold in the 200 freestyle with Hilton Head’s Kevin Geist.

The psych sheet is available here.

5A Preview

Senior Caroline Spence has two top seeds. The West Florence swimmer leads the way in the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly. She has Riverside teammates Maegan Rudolph and Jessi Snover in pursuit in the 100 butterfly. Rudolph is the fastest entrant in the 100 freestyle while Aubrey Chandler of Fort Mill sits second. Chandler is the 50 freestyle favorite. Dorman’s Rachel Reistroffer is the quickest qualifier in the 500 free. Lexington senior Margaret Halloran has a three second edge on the field in the 200 free.

Boiling Springs’ Price Agnew enters the weekend as the favorite in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Wando’s Johnny Gush and Dutch Fork’s Wyatt Boyer will be his challengers in the 200. Boyer is the second seed in the 500 freestyle while Fort Mill’s Ben Fenwick is third. Fenwick has the fastest entry in the 200 IM. West Ashley’s Cooper Bennett is the fastest qualifier in the 50 freestyle. In the 100 free he comes in second to Riverside’s Brandon Meier. Meier is only .02 behind in the 50 entries. The top six swimmers in the 100 butterfly are seeded within six tenths. Riverside’s Jake Prewette sits atop those entries.

The psych sheet is available here.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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