Toast of the Coast | Myrtle Beach’s Langdale becomes leader in the water

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dwetzel@thesunnews.comJanuary 18, 2013 

  • The team Girls Swimmer of the Year Maggie Langdale School | Myrtle Beach Class | Sophomore Highlights | Finished third (1:00.57) in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 200 freestyle at Class AAA state meet; was on 11th-place 200 freestyle (1:54.69) and 13th-place (2:05.56) 200 medley relay teams Julia Campbell School | Myrtle Beach Class | Junior Highlights | Finished ninth (1:03.37) in 100 butterfly and 11th (2:22.33) in 200 individual medley at Class AAA state meet; was on 11th-place (1:50.22) 200 freestyle and 13th-place (2:05.56) 200 medley relay teams Anastasia Liakos School | Socastee Class | Sophomore Highlights | Finished seventh in 100 breaststroke (1:14.46) and ninth (2:21.14) in 200 individual medley at Class AAA state meet; was on ninth-place (1:50.22) 200 freestyle and 11th-place (2:04.86) 200 medley relay teams Rachael Houston School | North Myrtle Beach Class | Senior Highlights | Finished 19th (27.16) in the 50 freestyle and 21st (1:08.57) in 100 butterfly at Class AAA state meet; was on seventh-place (1:49.24) 200 freestyle and 10th-place (2:04.64) 200 medley relay teams Barbara Long School | North Myrtle Beach Class | Senior Highlights | Finished ninth (5:37.65) in 500 freestyle and 12th (2:06.61) in the 200 freestyle at Class AAA state meet; was on seventh-place (1:49.24) 200 freestyle and 10th-place (2:04.64) 200 medley relay teams April Ratley School | North Myrtle Beach Class | Freshman Highlights | Finished 19th (1:00.01) in 100 freestyle and 21st (1:19.97) in 100 breaststroke at Class AAA state meet; was on seventh-place (1:49.24) 200 freestyle and 10th-place (2:04.64) 200 medley relay teams Lexi Salice School | Carolina Forest Class | Sophomore Highlights | Finished 31st (59.75) in 100 freestyle and 35th (27.05) in 50 freestyle at Class AAAA state meet; was on 13th-place (4:03.67) 400 freestyle and 14th-place (1:49.31) 200 freestyle relay teams Brianna Strang School | Carolina Forest Class | Senior Highlights | Finished 12th (2:02.88) in 200 freestyle and 12th (5:30.77) in 500 freestyle at Class AAAA state meet; was on 13th-place (4:03.67) 400 freestyle and 14th-place (1:49.31) 200 freestyle relay teams Ana Wolff School | St. James Class | Eighth grade Highlights | Finished seventh (26.13) in 50 freestyle and 12th (57.90) in 100 freestyle at Class AAA state meet; was on 15th-place (1:57.41) and 16th-place (1:57.41) 200 freestyle relay teams
  • Editor’s Note This is the first in a nine-part series featuring the top athletes in fall sports along the Grand Strand, as voted on by area coaches and The Sun News staff. Tomorrow: Boys swimming.

Maggie Langdale is no longer the apprentice.

She has emerged as a mentor.

The Myrtle Beach High School swimming standout’s sophomore year was another successful one, but her role changed greatly en route to being named the Toast of the Coast Girls Swimmer of the Year.

Langdale, who has been on varsity since seventh grade, spent several years as the young phenom on a Seahawks squad that featured the likes of multiple-state champ Lauren Campbell and others.

With Campbell having graduated and the Seahawks featuring a young squad, Langdale found herself becoming a veteran presence on the 2012 squad.

“It was [different] because I feel like I’ve always been the youngest one and I was kind of near the older group now,” said Langdale, who placed third in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 200 freestyle at the Class AAA state meet. “It was different – it was a good different, though. We had a really young team this year so I tried to help them learn the high school varsity swimming experience.”

It was a rite of passage of sorts. The same, she said, had been done for her as she grew within the program.

“We had Lauren and other girls that were older and I’m very shy so it was nice to have some older girls to help me and make me feel comfortable and feel welcome,” Langdale said, “so I’m trying to do that with the newer swimmers.”

She certainly led by example. In addition to her results in individual events, she helped the Seahawks to an 11th-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay and a 13th-place finish in the 200 medley relay.

“I would [attribute her success] to her effort in the practices and her dedication to the sport because she swims probably five to seven times a week,” Myrtle Beach coach David McCarty said, referring to the fact Langdale swims year-round with the Coastal Aquatic Club.

Still, with two years left in high school, Langdale has big aspirations. She’s working toward becoming a state champion, a feat Campbell completed twice as a junior.

“That is my goal,” Langdale said. “I hope to receive a state ring within the next couple years.”

McCarty, for one, wouldn’t be surprised if it’s right around the corner.

“I think the ceiling is way high for her,” he said. “My gut feel is that next year she’ll win one of her events.

“People better watch out for her, that’s for sure.”

Contact DAVID WETZEL at 626-0295.

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