SUAZA, HESS LEAD FINS TO TOP-10 FINISH AT STATE MEET
Seventeen members of the Fins swim team competed in the South Carolina Long Course State Championship and Finale Meet held July 21-24 at the University of South Carolina's Sol Blatt Center.
The boys finished sixth and the girls were 13th. Overall, the Fins set 23 team records at the meet and placed eighth in the state -- the first time in the program's five-year history that it finished in the top 10.
"We had contributions from all age groups scoring points," coach Eric Kemeny said.
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The Fins had two swimmers claim state championships.
Nicholas Suaza, 12, was a two-time winner, finishing first in the Boys 11-12 50-meter butterfly and 200 butterfly. Suaza placed in the top 10 in in all nine events he swam atthe meet, with eight top-five finishes.
Abby Hess, 12, was the state championin the Girls 11-12 100 backstroke. She also won the bronze medal in the 50 butterfly and had five top-10 finishes.
Clayton Boyles, 10, had nine top-10 finishes, including two silver medals (50 butterfly, 400 freestyle) and one bronze (100 butterfly). Greg Reed, 11, had eight top-10 finishes, including a second (400 individual medley).
Other Fins with top-10 finishes: Sebastian Bedon, John Evans, Charlie Hancock, Meaghan Lyons, Jake Minasi and Taylor Stevens.
Fins state team: Charlie Hancock, Sebastian Bedon, John Evans, Jake Minasi, Ashley Ijames, Abby Hess Ashleigh Pangilinan, Nick Suaza, Ann Evans, David Funk, Kaitlyn Pangilinan, Meaghan Lyons, Taylor Stevens, Clayton Boyles, Greg Reed, Andrew Faciszewski, Danielle Faciszewski and Donna Smith. Coaches: Head coach Eric Kemeny, Karen Ijames, Mike Kemeny.
The meet concluded the Fins' long course season. Registration is open for the upcoming short course season and Fins swim school, which begin Aug. 15. For more information, go to www.finsswim.com.
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Riptide players: Hayden Jennings, Joshua Denton, Wes Graves, Rhogue Wallace, Jeramiah Simmons, Julius Reynolds, CJ Robinson, Ian Fontenot, Cohen Bruner, CJ Daley and Mason Westerfield; Coaches: Richard Jennings, Jim Denton, Bobby Graves, Al Wallace and Brett Westerfield.