Hilton Head Island High School's five-year run at the top of Class 3-A girls swimming came to an end Saturday as the Seahawks finished second in the state championships at the USC Natatorium in Columbia.
The Seahawks finished second to champion Academic Magnet, 436.5 to 304.
According to Seahawks head coach Mike Lane, Hilton Head scored roughly 50 points more than he expected. They were at a disadvantage with just nine swimmers, compared to 18 for Academic Magnet.
"I couldn't be happier right now," Lane said. "They gave it everything they had and left with their heads held high."
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Hilton Head had two state champions -- junior Sarah Reamy in the 500 freestyle (5:19.36) and the 400 freestyle relay team of Reamy and three sophomores, Karah Kurtz, Victoria Gill and Isobella Brockmann, who finished in 3:54.89.
The boys team finished with 298 points in third place, their best finish at state and just their second top-10 finish. Champion Eastside had 381.5.
The boys were led by Clayton North (500 freestyle, third, 5:08.44) and the 200 freestyle relay team of Tristan Cummings, Ryan Naddy, Kevin Geist and North, which finished second in 1:34.71.
Hilton Head had a total of 18 all-state performances (top-three finishes) from Reamy, Kurtz, Gill, Brockmann, North, Cummings, Naddy and Geist.
The Beaufort girls finished 23rd with 16 points.
The Bluffton boys finished eighth, while the girls were 18th.
The Bobcats boys had three fourth-place finishes -- two from Erek Nelson (500 freestyle, 4:47.72; 100 backstroke, 53.95) and one from Camron Reid (100 butterfly, 51.77).