Hornets and T-Breds claim area swimming titles | Sports


One reign continued at the 5-AAAA Region Swimming Championships on Saturday, while another may be just beginning.

The boys from South Aiken added another title to their list and the girls from Aiken took first place in the region.

Aiken scored 70 points, 15 ahead of South Aiken, and was led by Amelia Harper’s quartet, Gina Hofstetter, Violet Childers and Ainsley Warden, who combined to win two relays and four individual titles.

They started the competition with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay and later in the 200 freestyle relay. Harper added individual titles in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, Hofstetter won the 100 butterfly and Childers won the 100 backstroke.

Kaitlyn Golyski led South Aiken with wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle – she is the reigning AAAA class champion in the latter.

Lauren Lusk also won two individual races to lead North Augusta, who finished third with 41 points. She won the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Her teammates Madison Steed, Lili Oliverio, Danielle Kursch and Kennedy Cobb closed the girls’ meeting with a victory in the 400m freestyle relay.

Airport was fourth with 3 points, while Midland Valley got no points.

The boys from South Aiken showed their depth, with a wide range of swimmers accumulating 92 points. Four have won individual championships – Grant Parker in the 200 freestyle, Matias Jokulis in the 500 freestyle, Zane Leigh in the 100 backstroke and Alex Trippi in the 100 breaststroke – and Owen Trippi, Nick Harris, Connor Salch and Cooper Messick combined to win the 400 acrobatic relays.

Aiken finished second with 46 points, winning two relays and four individual titles. Tucker Samaha solidified his place as the region’s fastest swimmer with wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and Jared Allison added wins in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly. The duo teamed up with Daly Pardue and Sean Spears to win the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

Airport and North Augusta are tied for third with 12 points, and Midland Valley fifth with 5 points.

The South Carolina High School League State Championships are scheduled for October 9 (girls) and October 11 (boys) at the North Charleston Aquatic Center.

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