Rachel Reistroffer, Ben Fenwick Double Winners at South Carolina 5A Champs

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South Carolina high school 5A action kicked off on Friday, marking the beginning of 2017-2018 high school swimming and diving championships. Wando swept the team titles, scoring 465 points for the men and 397 for the women. Riverside and Fort Mill were second and third on both sides as well.

Girls

Fort Mill opened the meet with the team of Erynn BlackSara GreeneShelbey Fuller, and Aubrey Chandler winning the 200 medley relay in 1:47.00. Spartanburg’s Sophia KanneeSarah Grace ByersAnnika McEnroe, and Kristi McEnroe teamed up to touch second in 1:48.55, just ahead of Alaina SmithHannah WeberAshlin Wolfe, and Rachel Reistroffer (1:48.68) from Dorman.

Reistroffer stepped right back up to win the 200 freestyle in 1:51.88. She was a half second ahead of Riverside’s Emily Horomanski (1:52.49). Kristi McEnroe also swam for the second time in just as many events, earning bronze in 1:54.65.

Reistroffer earned a second victory with a swift 5:00.78 in the 500 free. Lauren Murray of J. L. Mann (5:10.40) and Audra McSharry (5:11.00) from Wade Hampton (G) completed the podium.

Horomanski then moved a step up on the podium, winning the 100 fly in 57.23, just faster than Annika McEnroe (57.38) and Clover’s Anna Ashley (57.46).

Riverside put another swimmer on the podium in the 200 IM. Hannah Ownbey stopped the clock in 2:04.67 for the win. Carolina Forest’s Taylor Steele (2:06.44) edged Annika McEnroe (2:06.82) for silver.

Steele followed that swim up with a gold medal earning 1:03.77 in the 100 breaststroke. Ownbey (1:04.47) raced to second and Weber’s 1:06.87 was third.

Chandler became a double winner early in the evening. The sophomore stopped the clock in 24.37 to claim the 50 free, ahead of Fort Dorchester’s Abbie Hassell (24.47) and Dorman’s Smith (24.61). Chandler then touched second in the 100 free (52.64) while Smith earned her third bronze of the night (52.90). The state title went to Kirsti McEnroe (52.49).

The Fort Mill women returned to capture another victory, this time in the 200 freestyle relay. Greene teamed up with Skylar Bernesser, Black, and Chandler to touch in 1:37.83. Riverside was second in 1:39.18 (Ariana and Gabrielle SchneiderKaty Rose Snover, and Ownbey) while JL Mann’s Kaitlin Sebring, Murray, Scarlett Smith, and Samantha Mosher (1:40.93) finished third.

In 56.44 Fort Mill’s Erynn Black won the 100 back. Riverside’s Madelinne Reilly (57.16) and Ashley (57.61) touched second and third.

Dorman ended the night with a relay win, racing Riverside for the top spot on the podium as the two teams finished in 3:32.67 and 3:33.04. Makenzie Blaakman, Weber, Reistroffer, and Smith swam for Dorman while Snover, Reilly, Horomanski, and Ownbey raced for Riverside.

Boys

Wando won the opening 200 medley relay by over a second in 1:35.87 with the team of Chase CollierCameron MehtaJohnny Gush, and Ryan Pitts. Taking second were Nation Ford’s Ryan WilliamsTanner DebusJames Martin, and Isaiah Fitzgerald (1:36.91) two tenths ahead of Fort Mill’s Owen CorkeryAndrew LockhartBen Fenwick, and Adam Springs (1:37.11).

Fenwick followed up his relay swim with a 200 freestyle win. The senior touched in 1:40.29 ahead of Riverside’s Michael Juengel (1:42.27) and Lexington’s Jackson Hardy (1:43.99). Fenwick doubled up on state titles later in the evening, finishing the 100 free in 46.51. Brandon Meier of Riverside (47.04) was runner up and Jonathan Frye (47.40) from Spring Valley was third.

Meir led a tight 50 freestyle final. The Riverside swimmer stopped the clock in 21.47 ahead of Fitzgerald (21.56) and CJ Davis (21.68) from Rock Hill.

Williams improved on his relay gold with a 1:53.34 200 IM to earn a gold for the senior. A duo of seniors followed him- Wyatt Boyer from Dutch Fork (1:55.20) and Debus (1:57.93). Williams went two for two with a 500 free victory in 4:33.70. Boyer was second again (4:38.34) and Stratford’s Matthew Agostinelli (4:45.71) finished third.

Gush added to his relay gold with the 100 fly state title in 50.11. Hardy improved on his 200 free bronze with a silver (51.39) while Clover’s Garrett McCord (52.70) finished third.

Riverside clocked a 1:26.01 in the 200 freestyle relay with the team of Meier, Kai Van den BoschJake Prewette, and Juengel (1:26.01). Nation Ford took second (1:27.64) again using Fitzgerald, Debus, David Rodriguez, and Williams. Also clearing 1:30 was Spring Vally (1:29.19) with Alexander GreggSamuel WallickDan Todd, and Jonathan Frye.

Juengel was on top of the podium again in the 100 back with his 50.40. Fort Mill’s Corkery (51.81) was second and Riverside’s Jacob Hammond (51.91) were second and third.

Two men cleared a minute in the 100 breaststroke. Wando’s Mehta was first to the wall in 59.74, just .01 ahead of JL Mann’s Bruce Bannister (59.75). Finishing third was Lockhard (1:00.16).

Wando ended the meet where they began, on top of the podium. In 3:11.40 Piotr Tarala, Pitts, Collier, and Gush took the 400 freestyle relay. There was a battle for second. Riverside edged Fort Mill 3:12.03 to 3:12.18. Riverside swam Hammond, Juengel, Prewette, and Meier while Fort Mill had Lockhart, Corkery, Blackwell, and Fenwick.

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9 Comments

9 comments

    • Jennifer Scheirman Mason

      So excited for both Wando 🏊🏼🏊🏻‍♀️ teams!! What a way for Johnny to cap off his Senior year:)

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    Zachary Moody

    Three state records too-
    Ben Fenwick boys 200 Free
    Riverside boys 200 Free Relay
    Michael Juengel boys 100 back

Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and 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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