Although the race for the team championship at the 2019 CCAA City Meet did not provide much drama, there was plenty of drama in the pool as the CCAA’s oldest swimmers turned in spectacular performances on the final day of competition. The Snee Farm Swim Team established new records for total team points and overall victory margin on their way to capturing its sixth consecutive CCAA championship and twenty-seventh in the past thirty years. Snee Farm clinched the title with ten events to go and finished with a lead of 872.5 points over the runner-up Daniel Island Flying Fish (3231.5 – 2359). Daniel Island held off a late charge by the Hobcaw Marlins, who finished 24.5 points behind the Flying Fish at 2335.5 points. The top five was rounded out by the Newington Tiger Sharks (2244 points) and the Northbridge Terrace Killer Whales (2042.5). The biggest climbers in the City Meet standings this year were the Shadowmoss Sharks, who moved from 10th place in 2018 to 6th place in 2019.
Sunday’s competition featured the City Meet’s first two triple crown winners of 2019. Snee Farm’s Kyle Hertwig finished in first place in the 13-14 boys freestyle, butterfly, and individual medley; Kyle also established new City Meet records in the freestyle and butterfly events. Ellis Pitts from the Longpoint Sailfish was a three-time event winner in the 15-18 girls age group, capturing the titles in freestyle, butterfly, and individual medley. Other multiple event winners were Coosaw Creek’s Madelyn Routhier, placing first in the 13-14 girls butterfly and finishing in a first-place tie in the 13-14 girls freestyle, and Snee Farm’s Charles Blanc, who won the 15-18 boys butterfly and individual medley events. Snee Farm’s Kyle Hertwig also participated in a record-setting 13-14 mixed medley relay team, along with Ann Thompson, Avery Frece, and Legare Mansfield.
The CCAA was proud to recognize seventy-two graduating seniors before the final day of the City Meet, ten of whom have competed in the CCAA for fourteen years. One senior, the Summerville Y’s Scott Jeffries, is a fifteen-year CCAA swimmer.
The CCAA thanks all of the volunteers who made the 2019 regular season and City Meet so successful! We look forward to an even better year in 2020!