Coosaw Crocs pull off three-peat
The Coosaw Creek Crocodiles broke five meet records this week en route to claiming their third straight City Meet Championship.
A total of 23 teams from across the South Carolina Lowcountry participated the 2013 Coastal Carolina Aquatics Association Championship Meet held at the Jewish Community Center in West Ashley July 21-23.
Ashley Ridge swimmer Micah Bohon was the star of the meet. She set new records in all three of her individual events and helped a Crocodile relay team set a new record.
“Having this team behind me helps,” Bohon said. “They push me and with their spirit things just keep getting better. We lost a couple of good swimmers who were seniors last year but our team spirit has grown and that helps keep us going.”
Bohon and Daniel Island's Megan Kingsley both finished the 15-18 Girls 50-meter Butterfly with a 29.28 time Monday to break a record Bohon set in 2011. Later that evening, Bohon set meet records in the 15-18 Girls 50 Breaststroke (34.49) and 15-18 Girls 100 Individual Medley (1:05.62) races. Bohon set the IM record last summer but the Breaststroke record formerly held by Parkshore swimmer Cami Sink had stood since 1994.
On Tuesday, Bohon swam the anchor leg for the Coosaw 15-18 Mixed 200 Medley Relay Team that finished in 1:56.38 to set a new record and propel the Crocodiles to the championship. Other members of the record-setting relay team are Alecia Rattigan, Noah Brazier and Bohon’s twin brother Jeremiah Bohon.
Green Wave swimmer Jackson Seith brought the Crocodiles another meet record, finishing the 13-14 Boys 50 Breaststroke in 31.45 to win the event and shatter the record by more than two seconds.
“Both me and Joe (Riddell), the swimmer in the lane next to me, were seeded ahead of the record so we were both trying to break it and pushed each other,” Seith said. “I knew I had to beat him in order to get the record.”
The Newington Swim Team also jumped in on the record setting. The Tiger Sharks’ 8U 100 Mixed Medley Relay Team of Kennedy Ellwood, J.D. Haffner, Lainey Crafton, and James Lopez finished in 1:22.96 to break a record that had held since 2007.
Coosaw Creek trailed 22-time City Meet champion Snee Farm entering the final day of this year’s meet, but got the job done in the relay events to finish in first place with 2,746 points. Snee Farm (2,724.5 points) placed second and Daniel Island (2,612.5) placed third.
“We set goals at the beginning of the season and of course one of them was to win City Meet so we work toward that all summer,” Rattigan said. “The best thing about this team is how much of a family we are. We do stuff together outside of the pool and all the swimmers and parents are committed to the team and that has led to some of the success.”
Newington (1,400) had the next highest finish for the Summerville teams, placing ninth. The finish marks a one-spot climb from the Tiger Sharks’ 2012 performance.
Ashborough (1,005.5) placed 16th; Pine Forest (780) placed 18th; Legend Oaks (516) placed 20th and the Summerville YMCA (47) placed 23rd.
Other local swimmers winning multiple individual events included Pine Forest’s Cassidy Lima (7-8 Girls Free and Breaststroke) and Coosaw Creek’s Antonio Gunther (9-10 Boys Free and IM), Jeremiah Bohon (15-18 Boys Breaststroke and IM) and Seith (13-14 Boys Breast and IM).
The City Meet girls’ championship was captured by Snee Farm while Daniel Island finished as boys’ champions.
Micah Norton of the Country Club Phish received the league’s senior scholarship presented each year in honor of former Summerville High School swim coach Carolyn Y. Keller. Team Sportsmanship Awards were presented to Snee Farm (Red League), Longpoint (White League) and Legend Oaks (Blue League).
Top 3 Finishers
Micah Bohon (first, 50 fly; first, 50 breast; first, 100 IM)
Antonio Gunther (first, 50 free; first 100 IM)
Jackson Seith (first, 50 breast; first, 100 IM; third, 50 free)
Jeremiah Bohon (first, 100 IM; first, 50 Breast; third, 50 Fly)
L. Graham (second, back)
T. Tavormina (third, 25 back)
C. Stauffer (second, 50 breast; third, 50 free; third 100 IM)
Ellis Goodwin (third, 50 free)
Alecia Rattigan (second, 50 free; second, 50 back)
13-14 mixed medley 200 relay (first: Anna Blake, Jackson Seith, David Vienneau, Ansley Jones)
15-18 mixed medley 200 relay (first: Alecia Rattigan, Jeremiah Bohon, Noah Brazier, Micah Bohon)
11-12 Boys 200 free relay (first: Connor Westbrooke, Dylan Routhier, Carter Ferratt, Ellis Goodwin)
13-14 Boys 200 free relay (first: Jacob Grieger, David Vienneau, Aiden Battista, Jackson Seith)
8U Girls 100 free relay (third)
10U Girls 200 free relay (third)
11-12 Girls 200 free relay (third)
15-18 Girls 200 free relay (second)
15-18 Boys 200 free relay (third)
10U mixed medley 200 relay (third)
11-12 mixed medley 200 relay (second)
Cassidy Lima (first, 25 free; first, 25 breast)
Carson Spinks (second, 25 breast)
8U mixed medley 100 relay (first: Kennedy Elwood, JD Haffner, Lainey Crafton, James Lopez)
Lainey Crafton (second, 25 free)
J. Haffner (second, 25 back)
13-14 Boys 200 free relay (third)
Rhett Andrews (second, 25 fly)
Ethan Williams (second, 50 free)
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