For the second year in a row, Riverside’s boys swim team was second-best in the state.
Riverside, which came in second to Wando by five points a year ago, finished as runner-up to Wando by 22 points during Saturday’s Class AAAA state meet at the USC Natatorium.
“We just got beat,” Riverside coach Eddie Hughes said. “I feel good about my kids.”
It didn’t help the Warriors that Kyle Kemp, who was hospitalized Friday following an asthma attack, finished 14th in the 500-yard freestyle event. He had been seeded first.
“That’s pretty good to lose that many points and come in second,” Hughes said. “We’ve got next year. We’re awfully young.”
Wando had 310 points, followed by Riverside (288) and J.L. Mann (262).
Wando (330) also won the Class AAAA girls meet. Fort Mill (320) was second, followed by two-time defending champion J.L. Mann (305), Riverside (299) and Mauldin (281).
“I can’t believe how fast this meet gets year after year,” Mann coach Cile Williamson said. “It makes it tougher, but it makes for an exciting meet. We had some kids who had their all-time best times, so we can’t complain.”
Greenville County swimmers had one first-place finish in the AAAA meet. Mann’s team of Ali Galyer, Savanna Faulconer, Amanda McNulty and Lillie Anderson won the state title in the 200-yard medley relay with their time of 1:50.47.
The top three in each event attained all-state status. Ali Galyer also took third in the 200 individual medley (2:09.72) and the 100 backstroke (57.84).
McNulty finished third in the 100 butterfly (58.48), and Faulconer was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.02).
Mauldin’s Emma Knapp, Laura Tanzey, Lauren Price and Brooke Williams were runners-up in the 200 freestyle relay (1:43.32), and the Mavericks’ Knapp, Savanna Gaido, Makayla Brooks and Danielle Galyer placed third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:39.10).
Danielle Galyer also was runner-up in the 100 backstroke (57.81). Riverside’s Jessi Snover placed second in the 100 butterfly (58.33).
In the Class AAAA boys meet, Mann’s Robert Borowicz took third in the 100 backstroke (52.39) and the 50 freestyle (21.15).
Riverside’s Eric Chrisler, Matthew Hicks, Marshall Williams and Andrew Delahunty placed third in the 200 freestyle relay (1:29.61).
In the Class AAA girls meet, Meredith Whisenhunt led Greenville (302.5) to a second-place finish behind Hilton Head (498.5).
Whisenhunt won the 100 butterfly (58.96), took second in the 500 freestyle (5:14.89) and was on a pair of relays that placed third. She joined Laney Stephens, Mary Evelyn Melton and Annie Hope Mazzola on the Red Raiders’ 200 freestyle relay team (1:43.78) and Mazzola, Anna Knight and Harper Middleton for the 400 freestyle relay (3:46.92).
Katrina Konopka of St. Joseph’s was the county’s lone multiple individual winner, placing first in the 50 freestyle (24.01) and the 100 freestyle (52.18) and leading the Knights (299.5) to a third-place finish.
Katrina Konopka, Natalie Konopka, Lauren Konopka and Kate Kelly took second in both the 200 medley relay (1:53.64) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:44.85). Kelly also was runner-up in the 100 butterfly (59.01).
Christ Church’s Sydney Baker took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.66) and third in the 200 freestyle (1:57.15), and Eastside’s LeeAnn Tiffany placed second in both the 200 IM (2:13.97) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.06).
In the Class AAA boys meet, Greenville’s Taylor Hall took second in the 200 IM (2:00.00) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.02) and teamed with Jack Gould, Parker Lowrance and Lanier Smith to finish second in the 200 medley relay (1:41.33).
For St. Joseph’s, Justin Mehl was runner-up in the 200 freestyle (1:45.16) and the 100 butterfly (51.51), and John Kelly was third in the 50 freestyle (22.52).