Cardinal Newman’s Will Hicks was the Midlands headliner at the SCISA state swimming championship meet on Saturday at the Augusta Aquatics Center.
The Cardinals swept his two individual events and emerged as the area’s only gold medallist at the season finale, and was the only Midlands entry to break a state record. Hicks won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.12 second and later prevailed in the 100 backstroke with a record time of 56.86 seconds, erasing the mark of 56.96 set by D. Bunch of Heathwood Hall in 2003.
Luke Shoemaker of Ben Lippan, Hammond’s Zac Lipsitz and Thomas Lobitz and Jackson Sisson of Heathwood Hall were the other local standouts.
Shoemaker had the biggest medal haul other than Hicks with a silver in the 200 frere and a broze in the 500 free. Lipsitz bagged two bronze medals for third-place finishes in the 200 Im and the backstroke. Lobitz was the runner-up in the 100 butterfly. Sisson had two third-place efforts in the sprint freestyle events.
Ben Lippen claimed Midlands team honors. The Falcons tallied 130 points to finish third behind champion Porter-Gaud and Pinewood Prep.