Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Mount Pleasant Swim Club (MPSC) won all three state championships at the 2014 South Carolina-Carolina Aquatics Long Course Championships last week at the University of South Carolina.
MPSC racked up 1,588 total points over the four-day event to earn the Lowcountry’s first overall team championship and snap Spartanburg Aquatics’ 13-year reign. MPSC outscored Spartanburg by 107 points and tallied 1,120 more than any other Lowcountry team. MPSC also earned the women’s and men’s long course titles to sweep the meet.
“As a team, we have been working extremely hard this summer and all of our hard work paid off this weekend,” MPSC swimmer Danielle Morrin said. “We raced our hearts out and came together as a family.”
Robby Gourdie tallied 106 individual points and set new state records in the boys 11-12 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley.
Elysee Pardus added 87 individual points and teamed up with Tara McCaskill, Gabi Reed and Kaitlin Healy to set a new state record in the girls 11-12 200-meter medley relay.
Reed set a new record in the girls 11-12 50-meter butterfly. Micah Bohon tallied 79 individual points. Jeremiah Bohon turned in 52 individual points, and Jackson Seith, Patrick Sullivan, Cooper Pitts and Carter Brzezinski set a new record in the boys 15-16 400-meter medley relay.
“Our unprecedented team spirit raised our swimmers to a level of competition that guided us to the state championship title,” MPSC head coach Dave Horton said. “I thank the City of North Charleston and the Town of Mount Pleasant in helping us reach our goal through the use of their aquatic facilities.”
MPSC entered 98 swimmers into the field of 878. The team trains at Danny Jones Pool in North Charleston, which was recently enclosed to allow the athletes to train year-round. In November, five members of MPSC signed college letters of intent.
“Danny Jones has become a true community asset,” North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said. “The investment to upgrade the pool has given new opportunities, such as athletic training and educational swim lessons for residents in North Charleston and our surrounding communities. I congratulate the swimmers, coaches and parents of the MPSC for their hard work and dedication.”