The Beaufort Academy boys and girls teams both grabbed top-three finishes Saturday in Augusta, Ga., at the SCISAA state swim meet, moving up one spot from the previous season and setting six team records in the process.
Beaufort Academy's boys, led by wins in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, finished in second place in Class 2A/1A, just 13 points behind champion Newberry Academy. The Eagles placed third on the girls' side. Palmetto Christian Academy took the girls title.
"They did a great job," Eagles coach Bethany Byrne said. "They showed up, they swam fast, they swam best times. They did a wonderful job. I couldn't be prouder."
The highlight of the meet for Beaufort Academy was the boys 200 free relay team, which won the SCISAA state meet for the third consecutive season. Finn Koppernaes, Charles Sanford, Grant Hetherington and Preston Suber clocked a winning time of 1 minute, 39.22 seconds.
"I was just so impressed that the boys could pull it off," Byrne said. "They beat last year's record by about four seconds."
In the Class 3-A meet, Charlie Guenther led the Hilton Head Christian Academy boys to a 14th-place finish. Guenther finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.11).
Ashley Weaver had a pair of top-10 finishes as the Hilton Head Christian girls finished 20th.
Beaufort Academy Boys
1st place: 200 free relay (Finn Koppernaes, Charles Sanford, Grant Hetherington, Preston Suber), 1:39.22
1st place: 400 free relay (F. Koppernaes, Sanford, Drummond Koppernaes, Suber), 3:44.64
2nd place: F. Koppernaes, 200 free, 2:04.77
2nd place: Suber, 50 free, 23.99
2nd place: F. Koppernaes, 100 free, 54.07
2nd place: Sanford, 500 free, 5:59.52
2nd place: Suber, 100 breast, 1:11.54
Beaufort Academy Girls
2nd place: Madeleine Gray, 200 freestyle, 2:13.52
2nd place: Laura Roddey, 500 free, 6:31.10
2nd place: 200 free relay (Roddey, Kate Gray, Caroline Avera, M. Gray)
2nd place: 400 free relay (Roddey, Ashley Taylor, Casey Kahn, M. Gray)
3rd place: 200 medley relay (Kahn, K. Gray, Taylor, Avera)
3rd place: Taylor, 100 butterfly, 1:20.06
3rd place: K. Gray, 100 breaststroke, 1:25.42
Hilton Head Christian Boys
2nd place: Charlie Guenther, 100 breaststroke, 1:08.11
7th place: Charlie Guenther, 100 freestyle, 57.22
6th place: Charles Michael, 200 freestyle, 2:15.96
10th place: Drew Robinson, 100 freestyle, 58.97
Hilton Head Christian Girls
6th place: Ashley Weaver, 100 breaststroke, 1:24.29
8th place: Ashley Weaver, 100 butterfly, 1:13.08
8th place: Audrey Robinson, 100 freestyle
Lowcountry Invitational: Hilton Head High's Jack Manesiotis was the individual champion, and Bluffton High School placed four of its top five runners in the top 25 in Saturday's meet at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center in John's Island to finish second in the boys team standings behind Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport, Tenn.).
Joshua Tierney led the way for the Bobcats, finishing 12th.
Hilton Head High's boys finished seventh, but Manesiotis ran away with the individual title by 20 seconds, finishing with a time of 16 minutes, 3 seconds.
Beaufort High's boys placed 11th, paced by 11th-place finisher Brandon Pratt. Hilton Head Prep was 19th.
On the girls' side, Hilton Head High -- which didn't have enough runners to register a team score -- got a sixth-place finish from Carley McGlinn (19:41).
Bluffton's girls finished ninth in the team standings, led by Casey Witkowski in 24th place. Beaufort High's girls took 11th and Hilton Head Prep was 15th.
James Island won the girls meet.
Bluffton (2nd): 12. Joshua Tierney 17:03, 18. Evans Beach 17:25, 19. Robert Wesley Long 17:25, 24. Anthony Chissell 17:44, 44. Daniel Falcocchio 18:17
Hilton Head High (7th): 1. Jack Manesiotis 16:03, 3. Sean McMahon 16:39, 40. Cisco Ferre 18:10, 72. Chase Sanders 19:00, 100. Weston Sanders 19:52
Beaufort High (11th): 11. Brandon Pratt 17:03, 62. Brahm Gideon 18:43, 74. Ciaran Cordial 19:04, 75. Johnn Morefield 19:07, 90. Jordan Callender 19:30
Hilton Head Prep (19th): 82. Jackson Henz 19:16, 95. Angelo Carrabba 19:48, 106. John Sheehan 19:55, 114. Taylor Calamari 20:26, 116. Ryan Nimmer 20:38
Bluffton (9th): 24. Casey Witkowski 20:44, 31. Savannah Schepp 21:03, 32. Lea Tierney 21:06, 57. Scottie House 22:18, 75. Amber Klitzsch 23:01
Beaufort High (11th): 35. Madison Maddox 21:14, 39. Alexandra Zapp 21:20, 63. Molly Murphy 22:34, 67. Rebecca Fisher 22:50, 69. Katelin Miller 22:53
Hilton Head Prep (15th): 62. Abby Kandel 22:33, 73. Laurel Woerheide 22:57, 96. Foster Willey 24:00, 97. Grace Orie 24:08, 113. Ellery Newcomer 26:11
Hilton Head High (no team score): 6. Carley McGlinn 19:41, 37. Ciara McMahon 21:16, 79. Frankie Schoning 23:06
Battery Creek: The Dolphins traveled to Columbia to compete in the Sand Hills Inivitational. Aaron Oliver led the Battery Creek boys, finishing in 17 minutes, 53 seconds. Quamecha Morrison led the Dolphins in the girls race with a 26:14 finish.
Battery Creek gets back in action Wednesday at the region championships at Bishop England.
Boys (15th): Aaron Oliver 17:53, Erik Barbosa 18:15, Liam Anderson 18:24, Max Shriver 19:45, Dylan Yates 19:57.
Girls (23rd): Quamecha Morrison 26:14; Marjorie Gonzalez 28:25; Melanie Galindo 28:56; Bianca Zaragoza 31:57; Augusta Shubert 34:15.