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Hilton Head Island girls look to make it 6 straight titles at state swimming championships

The Hilton Head Island High School girls swimming team and coach Mike Lane pose with the trophy for the 2014 Class 3-A state championship, the team's fifth straight title.
The Hilton Head Island High School girls swimming team and coach Mike Lane pose with the trophy for the 2014 Class 3-A state championship, the team's fifth straight title. Submitted photo

Can they make it six in a row?

That's the question as the Hilton Head Island High School girls team takes its five-year state championship run to the Class 3-A state championship meet Saturday at the USC Natatorium in Columbia.

Bluffton and Beaufort high schools will have swimmers in Columbia, as well.

"Our goal every year is to try to be one of the top schools in the state," Seahawks head coach Mike Lane said. "Obviously, we want to try to make a run to win the meet, but we are down in numbers compared to a couple of our competitors."

The Seahawks will be without one of their top swimmers, Madison Field, because of injury.

"We'll have to have some other girls step up and score some points," Lane said.

Hilton Head will lean heavily on Victoria Gill and Sarah Reamy, who just committed to defending Division II National Champions Queens.

The Seahawks' boys are looking for their best finish in school history, Lane said.

Hilton Head has finished as high as fifth but is hoping for a top-three performance this year.

Kevin Geist and Clayton North are top swimmers for the Seahawks.

"Just looking at the sheet," Lane said, "we're going to be competitive."

SCHSL Swimming State Championships

Saturday, USC Natatorium, Columbia

Class 3-A meet: 11:40 a.m.

Class 4-A meet: 5:10 p.m.

Cost: $6, ages 5 and younger are free.

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