Hammond dominated the Midlands story at the annual SCISCA state swimming meet on Saturday in Augusta.
The Skyhawks girls earned runner-up honors with a second place finish while the boys team was third. St. Joseph’s of Greenville was the runaway winner in both divisions.
Ben Lippen freshman Laura Ann Dixon was the Midlands lone gold medal winner at the season finale, winning the 100-yard butterfly championship with a time of 1:03.65.
Hammond’s Zach Wainwright, Norris Laffitte and Kelly Presper and Cardinal Newman’s Jordan Ellenburg were the other Midlands standouts, coming home with multiple medals.
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Wainwright earned a silver medal for a second place finish in the 50 free, silver and bronze prizes for his work on the Skyhawks’ second-place 200 free and third-place 400 free relay teams. Laffitte matched Wainwright’s three-medal haul. He finished third behind his teammate in the 50 free and joined him on the two medal relay teams. Preper was second in the 200 individual medley and handled a leg on the second-place 200 relay team.
Ellenburg helped Cardinal Newman to a fourth place team finish by claiming third place in the 100 free and being part of the Cards’ third-place 200 free relay team.
Other area individual medal winners included Ben Lippen’s Kenton Walter (3rd, 100 backstroke) and Kyle Vincent (3rd, 100 breaststroke) and Heathwood Hall’s Will Hicks (3rd, 500 free).
In the relays, Jack Felmly joined Wainwright and Laffitte on both scoring Hammond relay teams, while Bryce James was the fourth man in the 200 free relay and Thomas Lobitz was the fourth man on the 400 free quartet. Presper was joined by Sydney Bland, Ann Gray Jumper and Dorian Green. Andrea Law, Bobbi Briggs and Maigan Nieri teamed up with Ellenburg on CN’s 200 free team.