Porter-Gaud, Spartanburg Day, Oakbrook Win South Carolina Ind. School State Titles

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This past Saturday, South Carolina’s private schools took part in the SCISA swimming state championship meet in Augusta, Ga. The meet saw Porter-Gaud dominate both the boys’ and girls’ competition in 3A while the Spartanburg Day girls and Oakbrook boys won the 1A/2A team titles.

1A/2A Girls

A deep Spartanburg Day squad edged out the top-end speed of Hilton Head Christian Academy to clinch the state title, 137 points to 127. Oakbrook’s girls finished third with 92 points, one ahead of St. Andrews (91).

In fact, Spartanburg Day won only a single event all day, as the team of Emily CobournSarah GriffinSusannah Lyon and Camrynn Wilson won the meet-ending 400 free relay in 4:07.08.

Hilton Head Christian got multiple wins from Chloe Corbitt, who touched the wall first in the 200 free (1:55.47) and 100 fly (58.21), and also from Sterling Burd in the 200 IM (2:18.52) and 500 free (5:21.72). Grace Hilton won the 100 free for HHCA in 56.99.

Hilton Head Christian also got two relay wins. Hilton, Audrey Robinson, Burd and Nika Cummings won the 200 medley relay in 2:02.46, and the same quartet won the 200 free relay in 1:47.84.

For St. Andrews, Gaby VanBrunt won the 50 free in 25.10, and sister Grace VanBrunt won the 100 back in 1:01.46. St. Francis’ Katie Lyons won the 100 breast in 1:13.19.

3A Girls

The Porter-Gaud girls won a third straight state championship, wracking up an impressive 245 points to easily out-pace Cardinal Newman (165). Ashley Hall was third with 163.

Porter-Gaud’s girls won five individual events and two relays, setting five state records along the way. Elysse Pardus won the 100 fly in 54.51, setting a new state record, and she also took first in the 500 free in 5:02.79. She then set a state record with her 51.22 leadoff split on the 400 free relay.

Younger sister Kaila Pardus set records in her wins in the 200 IM (2:08.98) and 100 breast (1:05.91), and the other individual PG win came from Ann Thompson in the 100 back (1:00.51).

Thompson, Kaila Pardus, Elysse Pardus and Alexa Johnson won the 200 medley relay in 1:49.72 — a new state record — and then the quartet of Elysse Pardus, Eliza Ford, Thompson and Kaila Pardus won the 400 free relay in 3:43.46.

1A/2A Boys

Oakbrook Prep did not win a single event in the meet, but just like with the Spartanburg Day girls, strong depth propelled that team to a state title. Oakbrook finished with 158 points, ahead of Palmetto Christian Academy with 138 and Spartanburg Day with 115.

Hilton Head Christian’s Noah Corbitt and Thomas Sumter’s Ed Lee were the day’s two double winners. Corbitt won the 200 free (1:41.45) and 100 free (46.34), setting meet records in both distances. Lee, meanwhile, won the 010 fly (55.38) and 100 breast (1:03.98).

Sam Biggerstaff of the Palmetto Christian Academy won the 200 IM (2:04.24) and teammate Will Vandergrift took first in the 100 back (56.29). Vandergrift, Biggerstaff, Brad Chaney and Michael Pernell combined to win the 200 medley relay in 1:47.11, and the quartet also won the 200 free relay in 1:36.96.

Christian Academy’s Miles Washington won the 50 free in 22.51, and Spartanburg Day’s Ligon Chewning won the 500 free in 5:07.16. In the meet’s final event, Orangeburg Prep’s Drew PattersonJackson KnightClay Patterson and Bryce Glenn won the 400 free relay in 3:37.74.

3A Boys

Porter-Gaud’s boys scored almost double the total of any other team at the meet, scoring 293 points. Finishing well back in second was Ben Lippen (148), with Hammond (130) and Pinewood Prep (129) third and fourth, respectively.

The PG boys pulled off a win in the meet-opening 200 medley relay with Alex HanneganDaniel KassisWillem Goedecke and Michael Doyle, finishing in 1:44.27 to just edge Pinewood (1:44.27), and then Goedecke and Kassis each won two events. Goedeck won the 200 free (1:44.62) and 100 back (52.13), the latter event coming in state record-time, and Kassis won the 200 IM (1:57.88) and 100 breast (1:01.03).

Ben Lippen’s Matthew Fadel won both the 50 (21.55) and 100 free (47.31), and he led his team to a pair of free relay triumphs. Alex BrooksAlex BerrensAndrew Hoover and Fadel won the 200 free relay in 1:31.13, and the same four boys won the 400 free relay in 3:24.95.

Brooks also won the 500 free in 4:59.91, and Pinewood’s Daniel Grimes won the 100 fly in 57.25.

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