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Wando swims past competition to collect 5th straight SCHSL state title

The Wando High School girls' swim team dominated the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) AAAAA state championship swim meet on Saturday, October 9, 2021, in North Charleston and rolled to the program's fifth straight state championship. The Warriors' won the team title with 412 points; Fort Mill was the runner-up at 297.50 points.
 
Veteran leadership was a factor for Wando, as 10 seniors helped lead the way to victory, and the program's seventh state title overall.
 
The Warriors also captured four individual/relay events: Sophie Frece won the 100-meter backstroke (56.11); Gil Shaw finished first in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:04.07); Frece, Shaw, Illy Lightfoot, and Eliza Baxter combined to take the 200-meter medley relay (1:45.80); and Frece, Shaw, Baxter, and Halle Schart won the 400-meter freestyle relay (3:36.58). 
 
The following swimmers participated in the state meet for Wando:
 
Sophie Frece
Gil Shaw
Eliza Baxter
Kendall Bensen
Regan Leach
Halle Schart
Illy Lightfoot
Caitlin Mason
Mara Goodrich
Kate Green 
Amadea Friedl
Caroline Bierman
 
Cheryl Durden serves as the program's head coach, and Elissa Manchester is the assistant coach.
 
Swim Team Champs