Grand Prix #1

Riptides Racing Team hosts first competition of 2015-16:
The Riptides Racing Team hosted the first meet of the 12/Under Grand Prix Series on September 26 at the “Pepper” Geddings Recreation Center.  The closed-series meet had over 180 participants from Myrtle Beach, Mount Pleasant and Charleston.  Over twenty members of Riptides Racing Team competed achieving more than 30 personal best times, 5 new SC Swimming State Championship qualifying times and a new team record.

Jake Flaherty swam to four personal best times and earned his first 11-12 State Championship q-time in the 50-yard backstroke.

Joe Guthinger swam to three personal best times and new State Championship q-times in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-IM.

Hannah McDonough also achieved three personal best times and earned a State Championship standard in the 200-IM.  McDonough set her first Riptides’ record in the 50-yard butterfly.

Ireland Rose earned four personal best times and raced to a new State Championship standard in the 50-yard breaststroke.

Jack Guthinger, Ella Habib, Dave Hablani, Prerna Hablani, Olivia Lyons, Kylie McWhorter, Brady Morris, Sterigos Paraschos, Seth Riley and Ella Speir each earned best times.

New Riptides’ swimmers competing in the first USA-Swimming meet included Sadie Averitt, Sawyer Averitt, Caroline Lyons, Jessica Lyons, Kyle Owens, Madera Palmer, Marissa Patricio and Michael Quiroga-Diaz Betts.

Said head coach James Smith, “Grand Prix #1 was a very good event not just for Riptides, but for all the swimmers who competed.  The Series was created in 2008 to provide summer league and rec level swimmers a next step into USA-Swimming and it has been successful in this mission.

“The Grand Prix Series is a teaching series.  Newer swimmers are going to get disqualifications for infractions and this is how the swimmers learn the importance of mastering skills,” Smith continued.

According to Smith, the number of personal best times was not too surprising, but the new State Championship q-times and a new team record were, particularly since the athletes have only been training for about 3 weeks since the summer break.

Grand Prix #1 was the first meet hosted by Riptides Racing Team for 2015-16.  Riptides will host three more meets this season, the next being the 3rd Annual “IM” for Breast Cancer Awareness meet in October.