Wando Girls Three-Peat, JL Mann Boys Win at South Carolina 5A State Championships

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The South Carolina 5A State Championships took place on October 14 at the University of South Carolina Natatorium. The Wando girls won the team title for the third-straight year while JL Mann took the crown on the boys’ side.

Full results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2019 SCHSL 5A Championships.

GIRLS MEET

Spartanburg’s Sophia Kannee (27.39), Caroline Byers (30.63), Annika McEnroe (24.49), and Kirsti McEnroe (23.35) began the meet with a two-second win in the 4×50 medley relay (1:45.86). McEnroe (52.67), Anna Buchert (54.96), Teagan McEnroe (54.81), and K. McEnroe (50.55) concluded the meet with a 4×100 free victory (3:32.99).

K. McEnroe cruised to first in the 200 free, defending her title by over three seconds in a time of 1:50.47. Future Gamecock Aubrey Chandler of Fort Mill sprinted to first in the 50 free in 23.25 for the third-straight year. Chandler also earned gold in the 100 free, stopping the clock in 50.51 to edge out runner-up K. McEnroe (51.09).

A. McEnroe flew to the top of the podium in the 100 fly, getting to the wall in 54.58. Her second individual victory of the day came in the 100 back, where she powered home in 55.63 for the win. It was a tight race in the 500 free, with Wando’s Estelle Bauer ultimately coming out victorious to win in 5:07.99 – just ahead of runner-up Lauren Murray (5:08.16) of JL Mann.

Riverside’s Hanna Ownbey, an Auburn commit, repeated as champion in the 200 IM, posting a seven-second victory with a time of 2:02.28. She also successfully defended her title in the 100 breast, getting her hands to the wall the fastest in 1:03.59. Riverside’s Grace Little (25.98), Mia Boyle (24.61), Gardner Anne Viney (25.08), and Ownbey (23.44) won the 4×50 medley relay by only three-tenths in 1:39.11.

BOYS MEET

Nation Ford’s George Bujoreanu (25.26), Lucas Grigat (27.35), Sam Reiger (23.74), and Austin Lockhart (20.99) opened the boys’ meet with a close 4×50 medley relay win (1:37.34). Dorman’s Jack Parker powered home to a gold medal in the 500 free, dropping almost 11 seconds from his prelims time to win in 4:41.70. JL Mann’s Bruce Bannister repeated as champion in the 100 breast with a time of 57.70 as the first of only three swimmers to crack the minute barrier.

The 200 free proved to be a close battle as only eight-hundredths separated first and second: Spring Valley’s Daniel Todd dropped almost three seconds from his seed time to win in 1:43.60 ahead of Lockhart (1:43.68). Lockhart then found himself on top of the podium in the 100 free as the only swimmer in the field under 47 seconds, doing so in a quick 46.98.

Riverside’s Christopher Meier successfully defended his state title in the 200 IM, posting a two-second victory to win the event in 1:54.29. Carolina Forest’s Harrison Clinton posted a narrow victory in the 100 fly, getting his hands to the wall in 50.35 ahead of runner-up and last year’s champion JJ Hardy (50.44) of Lexington.

Mauldin’s Collin Taylor (22.42), Tyler Matthews (22.67), Bode Neale (21.86), and Evan Stanislaw (20.83) won the 4×50 free relay in a combined time of 1:27.78. Taylor (48.93), Alex Brodsky (48.60), Neale (46.91), and Stanislaw (46.28) gave Mauldin another victory in the 4×100 free relay with a time of 3:10.72. Stanislaw, who will head off to Michigan State next fall, sprinted to first in the 50 free in a swift 21.16. He then went on to earn another gold medal in the 100 back, finishing in 51.52.