Hammond’s swimming team put the finishing touches on a fine 2008 season by turning in two Top 5 performances at the SCISA state championship meet. The Skyhawks girls finished second behind St. Joseph’s with 164 points, while the boys placed fourth with 145 points.
The solid team efforts were paced by eighth-grader Kelly Presper and junior Zach Wainwright. Presper bagged gold medals for individual wins in the 200 IM and the 500 free, and earned two additional medals with her part on second-place medley relay team and the third-place 200 free relay team. Wainwright struck gold in the 100 free, picked up a bronze for a third-place finish in the 50 free and a silver as a member of the second-place 200 free relay team. He just missed a fourth medal when the 400 free relay team finish fourth to just miss the cut.
There was plenty of support for the headliners. Senior Mimi Keenan was a silver medallist in the 50 free, and picked up one silver and one bronze for relay work. Senior Ellison Wofford earned one solo (50 free) and one relay bronze medal. Eighth-grader Sydney Bland came away with one relay silver and one solo bronze (butterfly). Eight-grader Thomas Lobitz secured one solo (butterfly) and one relay bronze medal. Seventh-grader Ann Gray Jumper earned bronze in the breaststroke and silver for her part on the runner-up medley relay team.