Third-Straight South Carolina 4A State Championship Title Sweep for Eastside

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It’s déjà vu for Eastside High School: both the girls and boys’ teams have repeated as SCHSL 4A State champions for the third-consecutive year.

Many 4A records fell as the Eastside girls won five events and the boys used impressive depth to repeat as champions. The meet took place on October 12 at the University of South Carolina Natatorium.

Full results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2019 SCHSL 4A Championships.


Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Eastside – 176
2. Hilton Head Island – 145
3. Greenville – 96
4. AC Florida – 71
5. SouthAiken – 68

Eastside began their winning ways as the 4×50 medley relay of Riley Parker (26.39), Cara Bognar (30.67), Caroline Parker (27.78), and Hayden Penny (24.61) combined to win in 1:49.95 at the start of the meet.

R. Parker was soon back in the water to defend her 200 free title, stopping the clock in 1:52.50 to best the field by two seconds. The future Gamecock also repeated as champion in the 100 free, powering home in a final time of 51.45 for the victory to break her own 4A record.

Greenville’s Anna Havens Rice crushed the 200 IM, winning by over five seconds to beat her own 4A record of 2:02.96 with a winning time of 2:02.40. The Kentucky commit also repeated as champion in the 100 breast, getting her hands to the wall in 1:03.50 en route to breaking her own 4A mark.

Lancaster’s Makenzy Mills dominated the 100 fly, taking the top spot in 55.32 to erase Bognar’s 4A record of 58.08. She then went on to defend her 100 back title in 56.43, also setting a new 4A mark.

Bognar was the only swimmer in the field to crack the five-minute barrier in the 500 free, doing so in 4:59.55 to break her own 4A mark of 5:01.02. The senior also placed second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.71. Wren’s Kate Beckish defended her title in the 50 free, sprinting to the wall in 24.26.

South Aiken’s Kaitlyn Golyski (24.64), Kendall Leigh (25.82), Emily Robinson (25.62), and Jordan Foster (23.39) won a close 4×50 free relay in 1:39.47 to edge out runner-up Dreher (1:39.94). Eastside’s Bognar (54.21), Mady Miller (57.28), Ella Penny (53.20), and R. Parker (50.92) secured their team title by breaking their own 4A record in the 4×100 free relay in 3:35.61, five seconds ahead of the fiel.


Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Eastside – 165
2. AC Flora – 96
3. Hilton Head Island-70
3. North Augusta – 70
5. Bluffton – 68

The boys’ meet began as North Augusta’s Thayer Loose (24.43), Zak Griffin (25.68), Madden Bell (24.77), and Matthew Owings (21.45) won the 4×50 medley relay in a combined time of 1:36.33. The same group also won the 4×50 free relay, winning by nearly four seconds in 1:27.99.

After taking second last year, Hilton Head Island’s Cohen Bruner cruised to first in the 200 free, winning by over four seconds in 1:43.22 for a new 4A record. The junior then went on to earn another gold in the 100 free, stopping the clock in 47.45 ahead of runner-up Ryan Eldred (47.52) of Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach’s Ian Morgan won a close 200 IM battle, finishing in 1:54.39 to edge out Loose (1:54.59). Both swimmers were under the previous 4A mark, but the record ultimately goes to Morgan. Morgan then dominated the 500 free in another 4A record, winning by 11 seconds in 4:37.51.

South Aiken’s Reid Chaffin sprinted to the top of the podium in the 50 free in 21.35, fast enough for a new 4A record of his own. AC Flora’s Tanner Edwards set yet another 4A mark in the 100 fly, getting his hands to the wall in 50.48 ahead of runner-up Chaffin (51.40). Edwards also defended his 100 back title, breaking his own 4A record in 49.79.

Griffin was the first of only two swimmers under the 60-second barrier in the 100 breast, winning in 57.38 for the second year in a row. Eastside’s Brady Cawthon (49.22), Sam Wingard (50.52), Luke Northcutt (50.45), and Dakota Dudley (49.54) secured their team victory by winning the 4×100 free relay by four seconds in 3:19.73.

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Tiffany Watson
2 years ago

Great article except the final team scores are way off….