The Girls Swim Team new coming in that it would take their best efforts to beat the likes of West Florence and St. James. The meet started with the 200 Medley Relay, and it looked like the Panthers were up for the challenge. The team of Peyton McWhorter, Anna Satterfield, Ella Habib, and Arika Boudreau finished a healthy second and a half ahead of West Florence, and almost ten seconds ahead of St. James to earn gold in the event and an early lead in the meet. Boudreau (3rd) and Alexandra Damonte (7th) would add to the lead with the points they earned in the 200 Free. Ella Habib (3rd), Kailey Habib (5th), and Laney Boggs (8th) took their turns in the 200 IM and all added points to the Panther lead. In the 50 Free, McWhorter was golden (1st place finish) while Satterfield added a bronze and Meghan Freiler would provided much needed points with her 7th place finish.
While the Panthers lead through their first four events, West Florence and St. James were also racking up points, and were headed into the events they specialized in. The 100 Fly was next and McWhorter, MaKayla Griggs, and Boggs stepped up big taking 1st, 3rd, and 6th respectively. In the 100 Free, Boudreau (2nd) and Brianna Griggs (7th) would earn points, but St. James and Socastee would rule the event. While the Panthers Kailey Habib and Alexandra Damonte would finish 3rd and 4th respectively in the 500 Free, the depth of West Florence in that event allowed them to inch ever closer to Carolina Forest. West Florence would continue to apply pressure and close the gap with their win in the 200 Free Relay. McWhorter, Satterfield, Ella Habib, and Boudreau would finish 2nd though to keep the Panthers in the lead.
With three events remaining, the lead shrinking, and some of West Florence’s best events coming up, the time to step up had arrived. In the 100 Back, Ella Habib, Meghan Freiler, and Brianna Griggs answered the call. E. Habib was steady with her 2nd place finish, while the tremendous efforts of Me. Freiler and B. Griggs to finish 4th and 5th respectively not only bumped the West Florence depth out of the scoring but also effectively sealed the Panther victory. If the finish in the 100 Back was the whipped cream, Satterfield’s finish in the 100 Breast was the cherry on top. Satterfield rose to the occasion to all but close out the meet with her first place finish, besting an opponent who has had her number all season long. The only thing left was for the 400 Free Relay team to go out and successfully finish the event. MaKayla Griggs, Briaana Griggs, Kailey Habib, and Meghan Freiler did just that, finishing third, and the celebration was on.
While the successful, championship season came to a close for most of the team, some swimmers will wait to see if their consideration times are enough to earn them a spot in the State Championship. Peyton McWorter knows she will be there with her Automatic Qualifying Time. She will know next week who will join her in Columbia on October 14th.