CLEMSON - Riverside threw a going-away party for itself at the McHugh Natatorium on Saturday.
The Warriors pulled off a sweep in the Class 3A state swim meet, with the school's boys and girls teams claiming state championships at Clemson University.
"It's really special," said Matt Anderson, a senior captain for the Riverside boys team. "It brings the whole group together, and we all celebrate. It's pretty cool."
"It's super. For our last year at 3A, it's a good way to go out," Riverside coach Eddie Hughes said. "They'll miss us now when they have the 3A next year."
It marked the first time that Riverside, which will move up to Class 4A next year, had won both titles in the same year "at the pool," as Hughes said. The Warriors wound up with both in 2004 when four months after the meet, the South Carolina High School League ruled that J.L. Mann's boys team had used an ineligible swimmer.
This time, the Warriors left the pool with both trophies.
"We've worked really hard this year, and I think our teams have become a lot closer, guys and girls both," said Courtney Harrison, a senior captain on the Riverside girls team. "We really just cared about each other this year. It meant a lot to both teams."
Both Riverside teams recorded narrow victories against Mann. The girls won 448-420.5. The boys were even closer: 484.5-473.
Haley Lips was the lone individual champion for Riverside, winning the 100-yard butterfly in 57.96 seconds. Riverside's boys won both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
"There were a lot of good races today," Hughes said. "We didn't win them all. I think we won our share. We scored enough points, we had enough kids here and that's what helps."
The Mann girls received an outstanding performance from Annie Gillig, who set a record in the 200 individual medley (2:07.20) and placed first in the 100 backstroke (57.74). She teamed with Jamie Osborn, Sara Beth Drake and Keelin McNamara to set a mark in the 400 freestyle relay and also was on the Patriots' victorious 200 medley relay team.
McNamara also won an individual state championship, the 100 freestyle (53.19).
For the Mann boys, Wyatt Boliek won two events: the 200 IM (2:00.45) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.09). Mann's boys also won the 200 medley relay.
CLASS AAA STATE MEET
At McHugh Natatorium
Team Scores (Top 10)
Riverside 448, Mann 420.5, Academic Magnet 231, Chapin 211, Eastside 202, Greenville 195, A.C. Flora 185, Wade Hampton 181, Waccamaw 158.5, South Aiken 152.
200 medley relay: Mann 1:39.95; 200 free: Charlie Bolgan (Hilton Head) 1:47.23; 200 IM: Wyatt Boliek (Mann) 2:00.45; 50 free: Sandlin Armstrong (Greenville) 22.31; 100 fly: Steven Layne (Chapin) 52.53; 100 free: Janson Busby (AC Flora) 49.25; 500 free: Charlie Bolgan (Hilton Head) 4:47.15; 200 free relay: Riverside 1:30.75; 100 back: Steven Layne (Chapin) 53.27; 100 breast: Wyatt Boliek (Mann) 1:01.09; 400 free relay: Riverside 3:22.18.
Team Scores (Top 10)
Riverside 484.5, Mann 473, Hilton Head 416, Greenville 251.5, Academic Magnet 172, Bluffton 152, Christ Church 145, Bishop England 144, Chapin 124, Wade Hampton 113.5.
200 medley relay: Mann 1:50.84; 200 free: Nicole Menzel (Hilton Head) 1:52.97; 200 IM: Annie Gillig (Mann) 2:07.20*; 50 free: Fallon Kelley (Hilton Head) 25.24; 100 fly: Haley Lips (Riverside) 57.96; 100 free: Keelin McNamara (Mann) 53.19; 500 free: Nicole Menzel (Hilton Head) 4:59.88; 200 free relay: Hilton Head 1:41.22; 100 back: Annie Gillig (Mann) 57.74; 100 breast: Bailey Dowe (Greenville) 1:06.98; 400 free relay: Mann 3:36.98.*