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Myrtle Beach Riptides Makes Waves at Swimming Championships The Myrtle Beach Riptides swimming team competed in their first South Carolina Swimming State Championship February 13-16, 2009 at the Middle Tyger YMCA in Duncan, SC. Eight members of the locally based swimming team traveled to the competition, featuring nearly 600 of the State’s finest young swimmers. While the SC Swimming State Championships was going on, Hunter Lineback, a sophomore at the University of Tampa (FL) was competing in his college’s conference championships in Charlotte, NC. When the pool finally settled and...

Congratulations to Megan Kingsley for earning selection to the 2009 USA-S Southern Zone Select Camp. Megan joins Lauren Campbell (2008) as the second swimmer from Myrtle Beach to earn such recognition. The camp will take place May 21-24 at the University of Louisville, KY. Megan is just one of 224 swimmers from around the nation to be selected; girls must be aged 12-13 and boys 13-14. Selection is based on fastest time in an IMX event or highest score in IMX. Stay tuned for more details.

The 2009 Myrtle Beach Riptides Lowstate Qualifier was a GREAT meet for the Riptides! We had 19 swimmers compete in the meet, which is the largest number of swimmers we have ever had compete in a single meet. We had a 75% increase in personal best times - 68 total; 6 new SCS q-times; and 1 new SCS qualifier!!! We also had so many new "first-time" swims, the list would be very long! And out of all the swims, our number of dq’s continues to shrink. Our swimmers continue to...

The Riptides hosted their first meet as a team January 16-18 at the "Pepper" Geddings Rec Center. Although the meet turned out to be dual meet with our friends from the Greater Augusta Swim team, the swimming was quite fast. We even changed the format to make the meet more interesting for everyone. The Winter Invite was the first meet where the entire Riptides’ team could be together and watch each other compete. All of our training groups were represented, Bronze through Senior. It was a perfect opportunity for our...

SMRT Grand Prix #4 The final meet of the Grand Prix Series before the Championship took place January 3 in Charleston. Despite the earliness of the meet, the Riptides were able to send 13 swimmers to compete. And based on the overall results, the Riptides have picked up 2009 just where we left 2008 – swimming fast and learning skills. There were a large number of double-digit improvements, but Jack King led all swimmers with a 60-second improvement in the 200-freestyle! Jack also added two additional best times in the...

2008 Myrtle Beach Sun News "Toast of the Coast" awards have been presented. Read more about the boy’s Swimmer of the Year, Phil Mustert and the girl’s Swimmer of the Year, Lauren Campbell.

The RAYS Snowflake Invitational was the final meet of the 2008 calendar year for the Riptides. Six swimmers traveled to Rock Hill with Coach Justin for another fine meet. Chad Bateson four personal best times, including a team leading 15 second improvement in the 100-butterfly. Chad's other best times were in the 100-IM, 200-free and 50-fly. Eddie Bateson tied for most best times with five! Eddie swam to personal best's in the 100-IM, 50-back, 200-free, 50-fly and 50-free. Andi Churchill equaled Eddie's lead in best times with five! Andi also...

While one group of swimmers was ripping it up in Charlotte, another group of Riptides was doing the same at the SMRT Grand Prix in Charleston. Eleven swimmers and Coach Justin traveled to Charleston for more great swimming and an impressive 100% personal best times! Additionally, there were far less dq’s at this meet than at previous GP meets for the Riptides meaning that our young swimmers are learning their skills. Noah Cruz led all swimmers with a 29-second drop in his 50-free. "Wonka" Lewis improved over 20 seconds in...

The 2008 edition of the NSS 13-14/Senior Invite continued to be one of the best meets for our swimmers to participate. As the focus meet of the first part of the season, the Riptides swimmers ripped up the pool to achieve many personal best times, new championship q-times and even new SC Swimming State records! Julia Campbell earned new Age-group Sectional Championship q-times in the 100- and 200- breaststroke events and the 200- and 400-IM events. Julia led all swimmers with the largest improvement of 25 seconds in the 1650-free....

The accolades keep coming for the fledgling Riptides. Our own Lauren Campbell and Phil Mustert were named All-Region MVP’s for 2008! Additionally, Lauren earned Rookie of the Year. Lauren and Phil have earned spots on the 2008 All-Region High School Swim Team. And our own Coach Justin has been named Co-High School Coach of the Year! Congratulations to everyone on a job well-done. Click HERE for details.