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Cyclone Sports: Weekend Update

Our Cyclones had a strong weekend with a win at home in football, state titles in both boys and girls swimming, and a state runner-up title for girls tennis. 

Friday Night Lights - Football 

Cyclones secured a solid Friday night victory under the lights against Cardinal Newman 56-12. Walker Carswell scored the first touchdown of the night putting the Cyclones up 6-0. In the second quarter, Matt Kelly hit Gus Debnam and Drew Friedman for touchdowns. With no time left on the clock, Ned Hadzijahic scooped up a fumble and ran it into the endzone to end the first half - Cyclones 28-6.

Walker Carswell went on to get two more touchdowns (100+ rushing yards) to put the Cyclones in a commanding lead 42-6 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Freeman Barber ran in two touchdowns to make a final score 56-12.

Image of Walker Carswell below by Steve Slack. 

 Swimming with Coach Meagan Downing 

Boys and girls swimming won their sixth straight state titles in the new North Charleston Aquatic Center this weekend. Head Coaches Mike Walsh and Meagan Downing said they were thrilled to have held a complete and safe season and had the opportunity to compete in the state meet. 

It was a strong day for swimming for the Cyclones. Out of 70 events, our swimmers dropped time in 65 events. The following students set state records:

  • Boys 200-yd Medley Relay team of James Winterfield '22, Rhett Andrews '23, Sebastian Pasanella '22, and Nathaniel Ford '21. Time: 1:42.21
  • Boys 400-yd Freestyle Relay team of Rhett Andrews '23, Michael Shipman '21, Andrew Winterfield '23, and James Winterfield '24. Time: 3:19.99
  • Girls 100-yard Backstroke: Ann Thompson '23. Time: 55:83

The boys team scored 342 points, well ahead of runner-up Cardinal Newman’s 111 points. The Cyclones won gold in all three relays and won five individual events.

For the girls team, Kaila Pardus won a pair of individual titles in the 200-IM and 100-yard breaststroke. Ann Thompson also was a double winner, claiming the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke. Cecelia Ford was second in the 500-yard freestyle and third in the 200-yard free. Katherine Giels finished third in the 100 breaststroke. Porter-Gaud scored 269 points, 113 points ahead of runner-up Hammond School. Ashley Hall was third and First Baptist was sixth.

"These kids worked hard and left absolutely everything in the pool on Saturday. It was incredible," said Coach Meagan Downing. 

Tennis State Runner-Ups - by Coach Charlotte Hartsock 

This past week,  the Lady Cyclone tennis team played in the SCISA playoffs. On Tuesday, we defeated Hammond School 6-0. Then on Friday, we traveled to Sumter to play in the State Semi-finals. We were seeded 3. Ashley Hall was seeded 1 and Trinity Byrnes was seeded 2.

Porter-Gaud played an amazing match against on Friday against Trinity Byrnes of Florence. We fought to win two 3-set tiebreakers in singles that took us into doubles leading 4-2. Had they won those tiebreakers it would have been 4-2 in Trinity Byrnes favor. We went into the doubles and our number 2 team of Eliza Dieck and senior McKenzie Davis defeated a strong team 6-1, 6-1 to clinch the title. Once a team gets 5 points, play stops. Our other two doubles teams were out on the court. On court one, Somers Kirk and senior Piper Brown were winning their match 6-5. On court 3, senior Courtney Dellicker and freshman Georgia Yarborough were winning their match 6-3, 3-1. 

The team traveled home to Charleston after the semi-finals. On Saturday, we bussed back up to Sumter to play the finals against a very strong Ashley Hall team. We fought hard and played very well. The scores were as follows.

1. Vivian Miller d. Somers Kirk 6-2, 6-1

2. Meggie Navarro d. Piper Brown 7-5, 6-0

3. Claudia Miller d. Eliza Dieck 6-3, 6-0

4. Marissa Dye d. McKenzie Davis 6-4, 6-3

5. Ananya Chag’s score when the match was finished was 5-7, 3-1

6. Kayla Kirkland d. Georgia Yarborough 6-2, 6-0


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