Riverside High School in Greer, South Carolina, swept the boys and girls titles at the class 4A state meet on Saturday.
The meet couldn’t have begun on a much more exciting note than a girls 200 medley relay in which the top three times all touched within a half-second of each other. Riverside (Madeline Reilly, Jessica Horomanski, Maegan Rudolph, and Bay Prewett) won with 1:47.71, 20/100 ahead of Fort Mill (Erynn Black, Meg Wiggins, Madison Coughlen, and Madison Little), who were 31/100 in front of JL Mann (Ali Galyer, Savanna Faulconer, Lillie Anderson, and Marta Zwolski).
JL Mann’s Galyer bounced back from the relay to win the 200 free with 1:49.12, only .16 off the 10-year-old meet record. Galyer also won the 100 back in 55.67, just six tenths off her meet own record of 55.07 set at the 2013 meet.
Faulconer, also of JL Mann, won the 200 IM in a tight contest with Riverside’s Jessi Snover. Faulconer was out first in the fly but gave up a full second to Snover in the back. A strong breaststroke leg put Faulconer back on top, where she stayed through the finish, winning 2:02.14 to 2:02.74. Faulconer went on to win the 100 breast in a new meet record of 1:04.01, eclipsing the mark set last year by .77.
Freshman Peyton Wilson of James Island won both the 50 and 100 free sprints. Her 50 time of 23.92 was .29 off the meet record, and the only sub-24 in the field. Wilson was .31 away from the meet mark in the 100 free, which she won in 51.74.
Greenville’s Meredith Whisenhunt, a recent Kentucky commit, won the 100 fly and 500 free. She went 55.13 in the fly to hold off an excellent second half from Riverside’s Snover. Down by .5 at the 50, Snover nearly caught Whisenhunt but ended up just short of victory, touching second in 55.19. In the 500, it was Whisenhunt who came back from a .5 deficit with a 50 to go. She just out-touched Mauldin’s Emma Knapp, 4:59.28 to 4:59.36.
In a reversal of fortune, Fort Mill (Tori Herron, Jenna Pehowski, Coughlen, and Little) earned the top step of the podium with their come-from-behind win over both Riverside (Ariana Schneider, Suzanne Juengel, Prewette, and Snover) and James Island (Stevie Dupree, Mary Alice Dupree, Wilson, and Hannah Craig). Fort Mill finished with 1:38.64, while Riverside went 1:38.70 and James Island, 1:39.12.
The final girls’ event, the 400 free relay, went to Wando (Allison Burton, Rebecca Groves, Victoria Conley, and Laura Brotherton) who touched in 3:35.82. James Island (Craig, S Dupree, MA Dupree, and Wilson) was second with 3:36.68; Fort Mill (Pehowski, Kelsey Holloway, Wiggins, and Herron), third with 3:40.22.
1 Riverside 419
2 Fort Mill 351.50
3 Wando 295.50
4 JL Mann 233
5 James Island 214
6 South Aiken 193
7 Wade Hampton 182
8 Mauldin 177
9 Dorman 164
10 River Bluff 139.50
The boys’ meet began with a Fort Mill victory in the 200 medley relay, despite a blazing breaststroke leg from Riverside’s Nathan Delahunty that put them out front before the fly. In the end, Fort Mill (Jacob Kohlhoff, Lucas Fairbanks, Zach Piedt, and Ben Fenwick) touched in 1:37.58, winning by a fairly comfortable margin. Jackson Seith anchored Fort Dorchester (Dominic Carelli, Ballard DeHaven, Noah Brazier, and Seith) to second place, pulling ahead of Riverside (Kyle Burke, Delahunty, Noah Cignarale, and Brandon Meier) at the end, 1:38.76 to 1:39.16.
The first individual event was an exciting 200 free: Nation Ford’s David Sweezer took it out but was overtaken by Jacob Kohlhoff of Fort Mill, whose second half put him on top of the podium with a 1:41.09 to 1:41.52 victory over Sweezer. Riverside’s Jack Frazier took third in 1:42.95. Kohlhoff ended up .03 off his own meet record of 1:41.06, set in 2013.
Sweezer made it up in the 500, though. More comfortable in the longer event, he set his pace early on and just kept building his lead with every 50. Sweezer won with a personal best 4:35.24. Kohlhoff was second in 4:40.21. Third place went to Heyward Brown of JL Mann, who touched in 4:45.72.
Riverside’s Delahunty won two individual events: 200 IM and 100 breast. He led wire-to-wire in the IM, although Bluffton’s John Evans gave him a run for his money on the middle two legs. Delahunty took first in 1:55.48, Evans was second with 1:56.37. The race for third was exciting, with Brice Beverley of Clover holding off a great freestyle leg from Wade Hampton’s Kevin Crumley to win 1:59.10 to 1:59.18. Delahunty won a very close one in the 100 breast, coming back from .35 down at the 50 to out-touch Wando’s Nick Wukovits, 59.96 to 1:00.02. Brian Loos of River Bluff also had a nice second half but he just missed catching Wikovits and had to settle for third with 1:00.07.
Fort Mill’s Piedt set the first of two meet records with a 20.71 victory in the 50 free. He was nearly a full second ahead of second- and third-place Jackson Bagwell of Rock Hill (21.62) and Colin Kemp of Riverside (21.67). In the 100, Piedt won by more than three seconds with 45.14. River Bluff’s Preston Dunnavant, took second in 48.37, while Josh Brumagin from Dutch Fork was third with 48.72.
Frazier of Riverside came back from his third-place finish in the IM to win the 100 fly in 50.25. Fort Dorchester’s Brazier took second in 52.18, just ahead of Spring Valley’s Carl Lobitz (52.38).
Rock Hill’s Bagwell earned a first-place finish with his 51.52 in the 100 back. Michael Manucy of TL Hanna touched second in 51.98, while Riverside’s Kemp rounded off the podium with 52.52.
Fort Mill picked up their second relay win with the 4×50 free. Fenwick, Fairbanks, Kohlhoff, and Piedt combined for a 1:27.68, easily outpacing Riverside (Kemp, Tyler Senn, Meier, and Frazier-1:28.47) and Clover (Wade Summer, Oscar Onoszko, Seth Hurst, and Beverley-1:30.20)
1 Riverside 363
2 Fort Mill 260
3 Ft Dorchester 242.50
4 Nation Ford 183
5 West Ashley 180.50
6 Mauldin 177.50
7 Bluffton 174
8 River Bluff 169
9 Wando 166.50
10 Spring Valley 161