New Pool, Same Champion
The Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association returned to action after a year’s absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the defending champion Snee Farm Swim Team did not miss a beat. After falling as low as fourth place earlier in the weekend, Snee Farm came from behind to take the lead during the final day of competition in the CCAA Championship Meet and never looked back. Snee Farm scored 2910 points for a 91-point victory over the North Charleston Barracudas (2819) to capture its seventh consecutive City Meet title and twenty-ninth in thirty-two years. The Northbridge Terrace Killer Whales finished in third place with 2629 points, followed by the Parkshore Piranhas (2538.5) and the Daniel Island Flying Fish (2521). The championship meet moved to the indoor facility at the North Charleston Aquatic Center after over forty years of outside City Meets.
Multiple CCAA records fell during the final day of competition, beginning in one of the earliest races. Snee Farm’s Ann Thompson set a meet record as the leadoff backstroke swimmer in the 15-18 mixed medley relay and then broke her hour-old record in the individual event. The outstanding swimmer of the day was North Charleston’s Luke Green, who established new CCAA marks in the 13-14 boys butterfly, backstroke, and individual medley events. Parkshore’s James Winterfield won all three individual events in which he swam, and he set meet records in the 15-18 boy’ butterfly and backstroke events. CCAA records in individual events were also broken by Hobcaw’s Adair Shaw (13-14 girls individual medley) and Gil Shaw (15-18 girls breaststroke), Newington’s Cassidy Lima (15-18 girls freestyle), and Snee Farm’s Kyle Hertwig (15-18 boys freestyle). Adair Shaw captured a triple crown in her individual events, also placing first in the 13-14 girls freestyle and butterfly events. Four relay teams set CCAA records: Snee Farm’s 15-18 mixed medley relay, and the freestyle relays from Hobcaw (13-14 girls), North Charleston (13-14 boys), and Newington (15-18 boys).
Final results can be found here.
Final team scores can be found here.
Day 2: Killer Whales Take the Lead
The lead changed hands several times during Day 2 of the Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association Championship Meet as the CCAA’s youngest swimmers hit the pool. The North Charleston Barracudas entered the day in the lead, but the Daniel Island Flying Fish took the lead in mid-session. At the end of Day 2, the Northbridge Terrace Killer Whales hold a 89.5 point lead over Daniel Island (1783.5-1694), followed by six-time defending CCAA champion Snee Farm (1658 points) and North Charleston (1457).
Only one meet record was set on day 2: Ronel St. Germain from the Daniel Island Flying Fish established a new record in the morning’s first individual event with a time of 15.42 in the 7-8 girls’ freestyle.
There was only one “triple crown” winner (three-time event champion) on the second day of the City Meet. The Parkshore Piranhas’ Carson Hyder placed first in the 9-10 girls’ freestyle, backstroke, and individual medley; Carson was also part of Parkshore’s champion free relay. Two-time event champions were Ronel St. Germain (Daniel Island) in the 7-8 girls’ freestyle and butterfly and Ben Burnette from the Northbridge Terrace Killer Whales in the 9-10 boys’ freestyle and backstroke.
Day 1: New Team Leads the Pack
The Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association excitedly returned to action at the North Charleston Aquatic Center for the first day of the 2021 CCAA Championship Meet after the 2020 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After Day 1, a new team to the CCAA, the North Charleston Barracudas, holds a 104-point lead over the Daniel Island Flying Fish (711-607). The Northbridge Terrace Killer Whales stand in third place with 541 points, while the defending champions from Snee Farm are in fourth place at 514 points.
Two meet records were set on day 1: Sean Groeber of Northbridge Terrace established a new record in the 11-12 boys breaststroke (31.76), and the Daniel Island relay team of Brady Evin, Jackson Muller, LJ LeVeen, and Connor Good came home in 1:47.65 in the 11-12 boys freestyle relay.
Two swimmers captured three event titles each on day 1: Carly Foust from the Sha-Mel-Lon Stingrays finished first in the 11-12 girls butterfly, breaststroke, and individual medley events, while Northbridge’s Sean Groeber took the triple crown in the same events in the 11-12 boys age group. Daniel Island’s Connor Good was the other multiple event winner of the day, capturing the titles in the 11-12 boys freestyle and backstroke races.