Defending state boys swimming champion Lexington prevailed at the Blue Devil Invitational hosted by Dreher on Sunday at the USC Natatorium.
The Wildcats posted 208 points on the way to the triumph. Spring Valley was second with 182 points. Irmo nipped Lexington for Midlands honors in the girls division. The Yellow Jackets placed third with 120 points with the Wildcats checking in fourth with 105.5 points.
Lexington’s quality depth was the difference. The Wildcats managed just one first-place finish – in the 200 free relay courtesy of David Whitaker, Andrew Rutledge, Nick Hammond and Jacob Reider. Whitaker and Rutledge were the LHS solo stars with second-place finishes in the 100 free and 100 butterfly events, respectively.
Irmo’s effort featured a win by Brooke Elias, Saifyyah Abdulah, Brooke Hill and Laine Huggins in the 200 medley relay – the first race of the day. The same foursome picked up a silver medal in the 200 free relay. Elias had a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke, and Abdulah was second in the 100 breaststroke.
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Individually, Mason Thornley of Spring Valley and A.C. Flora’s Garret Ocker and Andy Campbell were the Midlands individual stars.
Thornley enjoyed a four-gold sweep – winning the butterfly and backstroke races and teaming up with teammates William Long, Ben Spinek and Jonathan Boland for wins in the 200 medley and 400 free relay events.
Ocker and Cambell both won the maximum two individual events. Ocker prevailed in the distance free style events (200 and 500), while Campbell ruled the sprint freestyle runs (50 and 100).
Dutch Fork’s Mia Hahn was the only Midlands individual winner in the girls division, claiming backstroke honors. Hahn picked up silver in the butterfly.