Swimming state championships Saturday
The S.C. High School League swim season draws to a close Saturday.
Action begins at 11 a.m. at the USC Natatorium, with the Class 3A meet.
Dreher and A.C. Flora boys and Flora and Brookland-Cayce girls squads all notched top-10 finishes last season, with fairly young teams. But the Hilton Head and Greenville girls, champion and runners up, respectively, in 2012, are again favorites, along with the boys teams from small schools Academic Magnet and Bishop England.
In the Class 4A meet, slated to start at 4:15 p.m., the Spring Valley boys try to crack the top three. The Vikings were the Midlands’ top-finishing team in 2012, coming in fourth behind powerhouse schools Wando, J.L. Mann and Riverside.
Lexington, whose boys’ placed 10th last season and won the Region 5-4A title on Sept. 28, will also look to improve.
Highlander Invitational brings together SCISA’s best
On Wednesday at Heathwood Hall, 30 teams compete in the annual Highlander Invitational.
Slated for competition are SCISA’s leading Class 3A and 2A teams, including Hammond and Wilson Hall, as well as public school squads from White Knoll and Manning.
The Highlanders’ girls, looking to defend their SCISA 3A title, are the favorites in the meet.
The Highlander Invitational begins with the girls race at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 5:30 p.m.
Camden vs. A.C. Flora
On Thursday, at A.C. Flora, the No. 8 Camden Bulldogs challenge sixth-ranked A.C. Flora in their second region 4-3A match up. Coach Paige Wilson’s Camden squad downed the Falcons on Sept. 10 on the road. With the sweep, the Bulldogs would gain the upper hand in a tight region race.
Akilah Imani Nelson