2023 City Meet
Daniel Island’s First-Ever City Meet Championship!
The Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association (CCAA) has only its second first-time team champion in the last 35 years. The Snee Farm Swim Team has dominated the CCAA since 1989, winning the team championship in all but three years and the COVID season of 2020. There is a changing of the guard in the CCAA in 2023, as the Daniel Island Flying Fish wrapped up their first-ever City Meet championship with a 14.5-point victory over Snee Farm. The outcome of the meet was in doubt until the final event, the 15-18 boys freestyle relay.
Daniel Island finished the meet with 2832.5 points, outpacing Snee Farm’s 2818 points. The Northbridge Terrace Killer Whales finished third with 2567 points, followed by the North Charleston Barracudas (2465) and the Parkshore Piranhas (2147).
Only four CCAA records were established during the meet, all during the second day. The 15-18 mixed medley relay team from Snee Farm (Ann Thompson, Avery Frece, Kyle Hertwig, Jackson Allison) set the first CCAA record of the meet, breaking their team’s own record set last year. Sean Groeber from the Northbridge Terrace Killer Whales also broke his meet record in the 13-14 boys breaststroke, followed by a record-setting performance in the next event (15-18 girls breaststroke) by Lindsay Burbage of the Sha-Mel-Lon Stingrays. The 15-18 boys freestyle relay from the Newington Tiger Sharks (Parker Azevedo, Will Gross, Carson Owens, and Jack Jonas) closed out the meet with a record-setting performance.
Northbridge’s Groeber was also one of this year’s Triple Crown winners, adding the butterfly and individual medley titles to his breaststroke championship. His teammate Logan Patterson swept the 11-12 boys butterfly, backstroke, and individual medley events. Double event winners included Daniel Island’s Charlotte Good (11-12 girls butterfly and backstroke), Newington’s Marlie Crosby (13-14 girls freestyle and breaststroke), Hobcaw’s Elliott Murphy (13-14 girls backstroke and individual medley), Snee Farm’s Avery Frece (15-18 girls freestyle and individual medley), and her teammate Kyle Hertwig (15-18 boys freestyle and butterfly).
The CCAA congratulates all of its swimmers and coaches on another outstanding season and thanks all the volunteers who made the regular season and the City Meet so successful!
Daniel Island Flies to the Lead
The first day of the 2023 Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association (CCAA) Championship Meet came to a close with three teams in a tight race for the lead. The Daniel Island Flying Fish led from wire to wire and fended off a challenge from the eight-time defending champions from Snee Farm to close Day 1 with 1177.5 points. Snee Farm was 21.5 points behind at 1156, followed by the Northbridge Terrace Killer Whales (1056.5). The Shadowmoss Sharks had a one-and-a-half point lead for fourth place over the North Charleston Barracudas, 903 to 901.5.
In a day devoid of meet records, only two swimmers won multiple events. Daniel Island’s Finn Gaston captured the 7-8 boys freestyle and butterfly races, while Shadowmoss’s Keith Aikman finished as champion in the 9-10 boys freestyle and butterfly events. In all, there were sixteen different winners in eighteen individual events.
Daniel Island’s success can be attributed in part to its relay teams coming out victorious in three of the day’s six events. Snee Farm captured two relays, and the Parkshore Piranhas won one.
Competition will resume on Sunday morning with the 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18 age groups.
2023 CCAA Championship Meet
Approximately 900 swimmers from the eighteen teams of the Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association will gather on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, for the 2023 CCAA Championship Meet, affectionately called the City Meet. The Snee Farm Swim Team, the eight-time defending champions, are in pursuit of their thirty-first City Meet title since 1989. Snee Farm is expected to be challenged by the North Charleston Barracudas, the Northbridge Terrace Killer Whales, and the Daniel Island Flying Fish, who finished in second through fourth place in 2022.
The meet will begin with the CCAA’s youngest swimmers, the 7-8 and 9-10 age groups on Saturday, July 8. Competition will continue on Sunday, July 9, for the 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18 age groups.
There is no charge for parking or admission to the meet. The 2023 City Meet T-shirt will be available in a variety of sizes for $20 per shirt. The City Meet heat sheet will not be sold in a printed version, but the heat sheet can be downloaded here.
Once again, we are grateful to WCBD (Channel 2) for providing a live stream of this year’s City Meet. If you can’t make it to the Aquatic Center, you can watch the meet live or later on. Thanks to the Channel 2 team and their sponsors for making this possible!
This year’s event champions and the listing of meet records will be updated throughout the weekend on our City Meet page. The top 10 finishers in each event will also be posted throughout the weekend on the CCAA Facebook and Twitter feeds. Good luck to the over 800 swimmers participating in this year’s City Meet!
Saturday, July 8
Doors open: 7:30 AM
Warmups: 8:00-9:00 AM
Meet begins: 9:00 AM
Projected finish time: 12:30 PM
Sunday, July 9
Doors open: 7:30 AM
Warmups: 8:00-9:00 AM
Senior recognition: 9:00 AM
Meet begins: 9:15 AM
Projected finish time: 1:30 PM
2023 CCAA Seniors
Congratulations to the 2023 CCAA seniors! Most of them graduated this spring, with a few more 18-year-olds that will graduate in the class of 2024. We are grateful to these swimmers for their many years of participation in our league, and we wish them nothing but the best as they begin the next stage in their journeys. We are very proud of them!
Sophie Jalazedah (Western Carolina University) 6 years in the CCAA
Jude Strutz (Anderson University) 1 year
Country Club of Charleston
Dylan Barrett (North Carolina State University) 13 years
Joseph McBride (Clemson University) 13 years
Henry Winstead (Converse University) 5 years
Walsh Clarkin (University of South Carolina) 7 years
Lily Coulter (Georgetown University) 12 years
Meg George (Auburn University) 2 years
Asher Western (University of South Carolina at Beaufort) 9 years
Caleb Anderson (Wofford College) 13 years
Rory Condon (North Carolina State University) 12 years
Tyler Wissel (College of Charleston) 10 years
Jack Abrams (Clemson University) 6 years
Bentley Boyd (Clemson University) 14 years
Evan Hawsey (Georgia Southern University) 14 years
Andrew Nichols (Clemson University) 14 years
Sam Seifert (The Citadel) 5 years
Alec Early (University of South Carolina) 11 years
James McKenna (College of Charleston) 12 years
Olivia Ackerman (University of Tennessee) 11 years
Emma Merchak (University of South Carolina) 4 years
Shelby Pelcher (University of South Carolina) 13 years
Logan Southern (United States Military Academy – West Point) 9 years
David Jessup (Clemson University) 12 years
Ella Keating (Trident Technical College) 13 years
Mary Beth Pauls (Clemson University) 11 years
Haley Phelan (College of Charleston) 3 years
Matthew Picard (Virginia Military Institute) 10 years
Grayson Pitts (Clemson University) 8 years
Cole Seitz (Clemson University) 11 years
Ryan Shokes (University of South Carolina) 13 years
Anna Terry (Anderson University) 12 years
Matthew Thomas (The Citadel) 10 years
Carolyn Selvidge (University of South Carolina) 13 years
Bella Wallen (College of Charleston) 14 years
William Swetckie (Coastal Carolina University) 13 years
Danny Zlatev (Clemson University) 12 years
Parker Azevedo (University of South Carolina) 12 years
Bethany Baroody (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College) 8 years
Andrew Coppedge (enlisting in the United States Navy) 3 years
Kennedy Elwood (University of South Carolina) 10 years
Will Gross (University of South Carolina) 10 years
Bella Grossman (Clemson University) 8 years
Jalil Harris (Clemson University) 7 years
Carson Owens (University of South Carolina) 12 years
Rhett Andrews (Middlebury College) 6 years
Will Crymes (Furman University) 11 years
Mills Long (University of Virginia) 12 years
Turner Long (University of Notre Dame Honors College) 12 years
Currie Marchant (Auburn University) 11 years
Jack Straight (Trident Technical College) 8 years
Mary Claire Green (University of South Carolina) 14 years
Alex LaPlante (University of South Carolina) 14 years
Cody Rea (University of South Carolina) 13 years
Julia Deas Sage (Francis Marion University) 13 years
Josh Barteet (University of South Carolina) 12 years
Lindsay Burbage (University of Massachusetts) 13 years
Cooper Cates (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) 13 years
Emily Ibsen (Clemson University) 8 years
Linnea Ransford (Northeastern University) 14 years
Megan White (Furman University)
Jackson Blankenship (Trident Technical College) 8 years
Meredith Clair (Wofford College) 14 years
Benjamin Courcoux (Clemson University) 11 years
Adele Curl (University of Kentucky) 14 years
Kyle Hertwig (Florida Institute of Technology) 9 years
Kessler Kreutner-Eady (University of Virginia) 15 years
Maeve Maher (Clemson University) 15 years
Rachel Martin (Auburn University) 14 years
Ella Meeker (Clemson University) 14 years
Ann Thompson (Davidson College) 11 years
Autumn Javier (undecided) 1 year
West County Wahoos
2023 CCAA Season: Important Dates
Next meeting for team reps: Pre-City Meet meeting (6:30pm, Wednesday, July 5, at the North Charleston Aquatic Center)
Tuesday, February 28 (6:30 pm): General meeting (for team reps and coaches) at Porter-Gaud
Tuesday, March 28 (6:30 pm): General meeting (for team reps and coaches) at Porter-Gaud
Tuesday, April 4: Release date for dual meet schedule
Thursday, April 27: Officials’ tests posted to CCAA website (see Officials or Team Rep Info page)
Thursday, April 27: Officials’ training via Zoom (stroke and turn rules 7:00 pm / CCAA rules 8:30 pm)
Tuesday, May 2: Officials’ training via Zoom (stroke and turn rules 7:00 pm / CCAA rules 8:30 pm)
Friday, May 5: Final team schedules (additional meets scheduled by teams) due to CCAA
Saturday, May 6 (10:00 am): Starters’ clinic at Northbridge Terrace pool
Sunday, May 7 (4:00 pm): Coaches’ clinic – conducted over Zoom by Brad Blake (Shadowmoss head coach)
Tuesday, May 9: Officials’ training via Zoom (stroke and turn rules 7:00 pm / CCAA rules 8:30 pm)
Monday, May 22 (6:30 pm): Bag Night – General meeting (for team reps and coaches) at Porter-Gaud
Friday, May 26: Team rosters due to league registrar
Tuesday, May 30: first dual meet (teams have schedule flexibility – first meet must be scheduled on/before June 3
Monday, June 12: Entry deadline for City Meet T-Shirt Design Contest
Friday, June 30: CCAA Championship Meet entry deadline
Wednesday, July 5 (6:30 pm): Pre-City Meet meeting for team reps and coaches (North Charleston Aquatic Center)
Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9: CCAA Championship Meet at North Charleston Aquatic Center
City Meet 2022: Snee Farm Escapes for Eighth Straight Title
In one of the closest CCAA championship meets ever, the competition came down to the final relays of the meet’s second day. Although the North Charleston Barracudas stood in seventh place at the end of Day 1, they nearly completed a miraculous comeback before falling short. In the end, the Snee Farm Swim Team survived with a 18.5 point victory to claim their eighth consecutive City Meet title (2781.0 – 2762.5). The third place Northbridge Terrace Killer Whales (2666 points) and the fourth place Daniel Island Flying Fish (2624.5) were also in the running until the end, finishing much closer to the top than teams traditionally in those positions. Snee Farm’s victory was the closest City Meet finish since 2008, and the second-closest result since the CCAA adopted its current scoring system in 2000. The point difference between first and fourth places was the smallest ever under the new scoring system.
The individual star of Day 2 was North Charleston’s Luke Green, who set new meet records in the 13-14 boys butterfly, backstroke, and individual medley events. Luke’s brother Charlie was also a triple-crown winner, claiming the 15-18 boys butterfly, backstroke (a meet record), and individual medley races. Other City Meet record-setters were Northbridge Terrace’s Sean Groeber (13-14 boys breaststroke), Snee Farm’s Sophie Frece (15-18 girls 50 backstroke), Hobcaw’s Gil Shaw (15-18 girls breaststroke), and Snee Farm’s Kyle Hertwig (15-18 boys freestyle). In addition, North Charleston’s Ivan Wilson set a new record in the 13-14 boys freestyle as the leadoff swimmer on the Barracudas’ relay team (along with Nathan Lindsey, Alex Swetckie, and Luke Green), which also broke the City Meet record. Two other relay teams broke CCAA records: Hobcaw’s 15-18 girls free relay (Kennedy Anne DeVeaux, Gil Shaw, Elizabeth Kelley, and Adair Shaw), and Snee Farm’s 15-18 mixed medley relay (Anne Thompson, Avery Frece, Kyle Hertwig, and Jackson Allison).
Three other swimmers were champions of multiple events: Sha-Mel-Lon’s Carly Foust (11-12 girls butterfly and individual medley), Ashborough’s Jimmy Young (11-12 boys freestyle and individual medley), and Daniel Island’s Ellie Chalupsky (13-14 girls butterfly and backstroke).
The overall girls team champion of the City Meet was the Parkshore Piranhas, while the North Charleston Barracudas finished as the top-scoring boys team.
Nearly 850 swimmers from the eighteen CCAA teams participated in this year’s championship meet, held at the North Charleston Aquatic Center.
Regular Season Division Winners
Congratulations to the champions of the 2023 Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association regular season! The dual meet season ran from May 30 through June 29. The top three teams in each league will receive their trophies at the 2023 CCAA Championship Meet.
1st place (tie): Northbridge Terrace Killer Whales/Snee Farm Swim Team (4-1)
3rd place (tie): Daniel Island Flying Fish/North Charleston Barracudas (3-2)
1st place: Hobcaw Marlins (5-0)
2nd place: Shadowmoss Sharks (4-1)
3rd place: Legend Oaks Gators (3-2)
1st place: Crowfield Killer Waves (5-0)
2nd place: Ashborough Alligators (4-1)
3rd place: Country Club of Charleston Phish (3-2)