Riverside High School won South Carolina’s inaugural swimming & diving state championships in Class 5A, extending a state championship streak that started in class 4A to four-straight for both boys and girls.
The Riverside girls won 8 of 11 events, including a sweep of the relays. Jessi Snover picked up wins in all four of her events and went after a couple big state records. Snover won the 200 IM in 2:03.91, plus the 100 fly in 54.83. The latter race was just eight tenths of a second off the state record set by now-Georgia Bulldog Megan Kingsley back in 2012.
But the biggest swim came in the 200 free relay, where Snover joined Emily Hormonanski, Ariana Schneider and Hannah Ownbey to go 1:36.99 and cut more than a second off the standing state record.
Hormanonski would also win the 200 free (1:53.59) and Ownbey would win the 100 breast (1:05.00). Meagan Rudolph took the 100 free (53.28), then joined Ownbey, Hormonanski and Snover to win the 400 free relay in 3:32.08. The medley relay win went to the combination of Madelinne Reilly, Rachel Lentz, Rudolph and Schneider.
Fort Mill was second as a team, getting a 24.67 win in the 50 free from freshman Aubrey Chandler and a 100 back title out of sophomore Erynn Black (56.82).
Dorman’s Rachel Reistroffer won the 500 free in 5:05.63.
Top 5 Teams:
- Riverside – 457
- Fort Mill – 299
- Wando – 276.5
- Dorman – 252.5
- TL Hanna – 211
The boys meet had a lot more parity in terms of event winners, with Riverside taking four events. Three of those came from Brandon Meier. Meier was the only swimmer under 22 in the 50 free (winning in 21.97) and the only one under 48 in the 100 (winning in 47.61).
He would also anchor the winning 400 free relay, joining Jake Prewette, Jake Young and Viney Cope to go 3:18.44. The other Riverside win came from Michael Juengel in the 100 back (52.75).
Fort Mills junior Ben Fenwick also doubled up, taking the 200 IM (1:53.82) and 500 free (4:38.92).
Wando blew out the medley relay field in 1:36.73, featuring 100 fly winner Johnny Gush (51.42 in the individual event) on the third split. Similarly, the 200 free relay went to Spartanburg in 1:29.80, with 200 free champ Remy Skerjanz (1:43.72 in the 200 free) holding down the third split.
In the 100 breast, River Bluff’s Brian Loos went 58.19 for the win.
Top 5 Teams:
- Riverside – 427
- Wando – 360
- River Bluff – 220
- Lexington – 207
- Fort Mill – 196.5