Weekly roundup: Kingsley commits to Georgia to continue impressive swimming career
Opti sailors race for a marker in last year’s Mount Pleasant Junior Regatta.
Justin Pelic is a rising seventh grader at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School.
Corey Caulder, bottom row in middle, is enjoying a successful travel basketball team season with the 76ers Elite. Caulder is a rising junior at Palmetto Christian Academy.
Mount Pleasant product and swimming standout Megan Kingsley made a verbal commitment to the University of Georgia, according to her Twitter account.
“Proud to say that I’m going to be a part of the Georgia class of 2018!! Officially a Georgia dawg!! #CommittedToTheG,” Kingsley (@Megs_Kingsley) tweeted on Monday. She is a member of the Mount Pleasant Swim Club and rising senior at Wando.
Kingsley experienced the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. – home of the Bulldogs – last weekend at a sectional meet. She earned second place in the 200-butterfly event.
A decorated youth swimmer, Kingsley claimed third in the 200 fly at last year’s Pan Pacific Championships and 11th during the Olympic Trials.
Two former Wando High School sailing team members won the Club 420 National Championship Regatta on Lake Geneva, Wis. this past weekend, defeating a field of 60 other crews from all over the country.
Carter Cameron, 16, and Ian Dilling, 18, won the first race of the event and sealed their victory by coming in 11th, eighth and seventh in the following races, according to a news release.
Cameron and Dilling won by five points over the runner-up team. Their performance was highlighted by rallies in the third and fourth races. In the third race, they were in the middle of the fleet after two of the three total legs before passing about 20 boats to grab eighth place. In the fourth race, they overcame eight boats on the final leg for seventh place.
Cameron is a rising junior at Wando. Dilling graduated this past spring and is attending the College of Charleston.
The boat class during the championship was the 420, which are 14-foot sailboats raced with two-person crews.
Watch out for a cluster of opti sailors next month. The ninth annual Mount Pleasant Junior Regatta will be held Aug. 10 at Hobcaw Yacht Club.
Registration is open for all skill levels. The regatta strives to encourage participation from children who have “basic boat handling skills” but may not have extensive racing experience, according to a news release.
Boat classes will be optimist – green, white, blue and red, sunfish, 420 and laser. Optimists and 420 boats are limited and available on a first-come basis. Reserve one of these classes by calling Tina Carter at 849-2061.
Pre-registration forms are available at Mount Pleasant Recreation Department offices or may be obtained by downloading them online at www.tompsc.com. Participants may register online, as well. The entry fee before Aug. 2 is $20 per boat and $25 the day of the event.
On race day, registration is held from 10-11 a.m., the skippers’ meeting immediately follows, lunch is served from 11:15-11:45 a.m. and races begin around 12:30 p.m.
Erik Clark may have graduated in the spring from Wando, but he’s still adding to his trophy shelf. Clark, who joins the College of Charleston men’s soccer program, received All-American honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Clark is a first-time recipient of the award. Forty-nine high school student athletes were named to the NSCAA High School All-America Teams. He was one of four South Carolina players on the boys and girls teams – two S.C. boys and two S.C. girls.
Track & field
Christ Our King-Stella Maris student Justin Pelic is making a name for himself in track and field. Pelic qualified for the Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American Finals, held Aug. 1-4 in Hershey, Penn.
He will compete in the 100-meter event in the 11-12 boys division. Pelic is one of nine South Carolina participants, and the only Lowcountry representative.
The rising seventh grader won two gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes during the state Hershey Track Meet at Park West last month.
Palmetto Christian Academy girls basketball standout Corey Caulder is continuing her pursuit of a Division I scholarship through the summer Amateur Athletic Union circuit.
Caulder, who plays on the 76ers Elite team with players from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, helped the 76ers win the Super Showcase tournament and then grab fifth in the AAU national tournament.
Both events are attended heavily by collegiate scouts and coaches. Caulder is a rising junior.
Jarrett Swan, a rising junior at Charleston Southern and a Mount Pleasant native, tied for 10th place at the Carolinas Amateur golf tournament held at Kiawah Island´s Ocean Course this past weekend.
Swan had a three-shot lead going into the final round on Sunday but shot an 81 to finish seven strokes back of Carter Jenkins, of UNC Greensboro.
The Ocean Course was the site of last August’s PGA Championship.