High School Sports

Hilton Head High girls claim 3rd straight state swim title

Members of the Hilton Head Island High School girls swim team show off their trophy and medals Saturday after winning the Class 3-A state meet at the USC Natatorium in Columbia.
Members of the Hilton Head Island High School girls swim team show off their trophy and medals Saturday after winning the Class 3-A state meet at the USC Natatorium in Columbia. Photo provided by Becky Morris

With a dominating performance Saturday at the USC Natatorium in Columbia, the Hilton Head Island High School girls swim team brought home their third consecutive Class 3-A state championship.

Anchored by strong efforts from seniors Cassie Ley and Camille Felix, the Seahawks blew away the rest of the field, finishing 196 points ahead of second-place Greenville.

They capped off their lopsided championship by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay by six seconds.

"Every single girl who swam scored points in the meet," Seahawks coach Mike Lane said. "It was dominating. I've been coaching for about 20 years, and I've seen just a few meets like this. It was nice to be on this side of things."

"I think we were up about 100 points after about six events -- they literally swam that well," Lane said.

In addition to swimming on the 400 free relay, Ley also won a gold medal in the 200 individual medley and took second in the 100 freestyle.

Felix, also part of the winning 400 relay, was the champion in the 500 freestyle and placed second in the 200 freestyle.

They were joined by Lilla Felix and Madison Field on the 400 relay. The younger Felix, a sophomore, and Field also were part of the Seahawks' victory in the 200 medley relay, swimming with Amelia Rzeczycki and Rachel Mangin to win gold to start the meet.

Meanwhile, the Hilton Head High boys managed a ninth-place finish in the Class 3-A meet, despite only having seven swimmers competing.

Sophomore James Hammond led the way for the Seahawk boys, finishing third in the 500 freestyle and helping the team to a pair of top-10 finishes in relay events.

Battery Creek's boys team finished 23rd, led by Jake Waldron's ninth-place finish in the 50 freestyle.

Academic Magnet won the boys championship and Bishop England was second.

Top Finishers

Hilton Head High girls

200 medley relay -- 1. Lilla Felix, Madison Field, Amelia Rzeczycki, Rachel Mangin

200 freestyle -- 2. Camille Felix

200 individual medley -- 1. Cassie Ley

100 butterfly -- 3. Madison Field

100 freestyle -- 2. Cassie Ley

500 freestyle -- 1. Camille Felix

200 freestyle relay -- 2. Cassie Ley, Amelia Rzeczycki, Camille Felix, Rachel Mangin

400 freestyle relay -- 1. Cassie Ley, Lilla Felix, Madison Field, Camille Felix

Hilton Head High boys

200 medley relay -- 8. Tristan Cummings, Ryan Naddy, James Hammond, Alex Reamy

500 freestyle -- 3. James Hammond

400 freestyle relay -- 6. Hammond, Cummings, Naddy, Clayton North

Battery Creek boys

50 freestyle -- 9. Jake Waldron 23.59


The Bluffton High School swim team came home with a pair of top-10 team finishes in their first visit to the Class 4-A state meet Saturday in Columbia. The Bobcats placed eighth in the boys standings and ninth on the girls side.

"We're happy," Bluffton coach Eric Kemeny said. "Our goal was to finish top 10 with both teams going up there, and we did that."

Andrew Faciszewski led the way for Bluffton's boys, finishing second in the 500-yard freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle, as well as taking part in a pair of top-10 relay finishes.

Danielle Faciszewski had the top finish for any Bluffton girl, placing fourth in the 500 freestyle. Madison Wall took fifth in the 100 freestyle.

Top Finishers

Bluffton boys

200 medley relay -- 5. Jake Minasi, John Evans, Sebastian Bedon, Andrew Faciszewski, 1:39.71

200 free -- 3. Andrew Faciszewski 1:42.97

200 IM -- 6. Sebastian Bedon 1:59.02

50 free -- 4. Jake Minasi 22.11

100 butterfly -- 6. Sebastian Bedon 54.03

500 free -- 2. Andrew Faciszewski 4:34.57

400 free relay -- 7. Jake Minasi, Drew O'Brien, Sebastian Bedon, Andrew Faciszewski 3:18.70

Bluffton girls

200 free -- 8. Danielle Faciszewski 1:59.80

50 free -- 9. Madison Wall 25.23

100 free -- 5. Madison Wall 54:97

500 free -- 4. Danielle Faciszewski 5:17.36

200 free relay -- 10. Danielle Faciszewski, Ali Shaw, Ashleigh Pangilinan, Madison Wall 1:46.44

400 free relay -- 9. Danielle Faciszewski, Charlie Hancock, Ashleigh Pangilinan, Madison Wall 3:53.24