Jackets have strong showing at invitational
North Augusta High School had a strong showing at this year’s Yellow Jacket Invitational.
The event, which took place at the Augusta Aquatic Center, saw the girls take second place for the second year in a row. Fort Mill once again took home the crown.
Nicole Fuller got state cuts in both the 200 and 500 freestyle. Elizabeth Creech, Emily Sam, Kelsey Williams and Fuller made up the 400 free relay and medley teams.
Williams received big points in the 50 free with a third-place finish and in the 100 free with a second-place finish. She earned her state times in both events.
Elizabeth Creech earned points for the team, with a seventh-place finish in the 50 free and a 5th place in the 100 free. Both swims were under the state qualifying times.
Katy Lewis earned points in the 100 fly and made her state cuts in 100 fly and 200 IM.
Emily Sam earned a fourth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a state qualifying time.
The medley and 400 free relay teams also scored huge points with second-place finishes. Creech, Sam, Fuller and Williams also made state times for each of these. It was the second-place finish in the last relay of the day that put the team ahead of South Aiken.
On the boys’ side, the team is the smallest its been in more than six years. Drew Brown made a state time in the 200 IM and barely missed the state cut for the 100 butterfly. Currently, the team is going through a rebuilding period, but seniors Will McDowell, Joe Coleman and Carson Ewart are all hopeful to make state. By the region meet at the end of September, Head Coach Chris Liner hopes to have a list of swimmers who have qualified for the coveted state meet.
The next meet was to have happened on Wednesday night at Lexington. On Sept. 4 the team will take on Aiken and South Aiken at the Augusta Aquatic Center. The meet will start at 6 p.m.